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TRAVEL
November 1, 2013 | By Mary Ellen Monahan
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Inside the Cagaloglu Hamami, my masseuse, a short, paunchy woman of about 50, sings as she exfoliates me from head to toe with a rough mitt. The sweet melody contrasts with the gruff scrub job. Every few minutes, she douses me with a pail of warm water and off goes another layer of skin and, increasingly, my cares. At one point, she shows me the mitt as if for emphasis. I make a mental note to tip more. A slap on the leg signals me to turn over. I manage to flop onto my stomach, and she begins lathering me all over with soap - first hoisting one arm, then another.
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NEWS
September 30, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Terranea , never heard of it? Some Angelenos haven't, but here's a deal at the Palos Verdes Peninsula hotel and spa complex that could change all that. Terranea is offering a $150 day spa package that comes with a facial or massage plus a mini service. The deal: The Fabulous Fall Spa Sampler Package includes a 50-minute Relaxing Classical Massage or Skin Specific Facial (descriptions of each are on the treatment menu ) plus one "mini service" (polish refresh for hands or feet, brow shaping or scalp massage)
NEWS
August 17, 1990 | PAULA VOORHEES, Paula Voorhees is a regular contributor to Orange County View
Suzanne DeFranco reaches out and touches the stars on a daily basis. Naomi and Wynonna Judd, the royal family of Saudi Arabia, members of the band Little Feat and other heads of state, athletes and entertainers have benefited from the masseuse's educated touch. "We are a 'touch-deprived' society to start with," says the Laguna Niguel resident, who has been working as a masseuse for 14 years. "High technology of the '90s leaves little room, if any, for people-to-people contact.
TRAVEL
September 23, 2007
Please quarantine for a while the words "spa," "luxury resort," "pamper," "body wrap" and "massage," so those of us who travel to experience other cultures are spared such trivia. Michael Ludmer Los Angeles
NEWS
August 14, 1988
Our primary job, as certified massage therapists, is to provide a peaceful environment conducive to our client's relaxation, healing and regeneration. What people like Alice Kahn provide is a giant step backwards in the general public's acceptance and awareness of massage therapy. It is a valid and valuable skill which has a very important place in today's high-stress society. BEVERLY THOMPSON Sierra Madre
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1985 | Jane Galbraith \f7
Two women arrested on suspicion of prostitution at Coast Shiatsu massage parlor on West Coast Highway were released Friday on $1,500 bail each. Taken into custody at about 10 p.m. Thursday were employees In Hang Ma, 29, of Anaheim and Kwang Ok Newman, 39, of Santa Ana.
HEALTH
December 22, 1997
It's a doctor's visit with a difference at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, where traditional Western medicine and Eastern techniques, such as massage and acupuncture, come together. Above, Dr. Jun Liang Yu, with Dr. Ka Kit Hui, massages a patient who has symptoms of chronic fatigue. Yu--who is both physician and massage therapist--says the method is not designed simply to soothe and relax but to treat ailments such as chronic pain by applying pressure to specific points.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2009 | SANDY BANKS
It's been a PR campaign on overdrive, aimed at flinging open the doors of pricey spas to the belt-tightening Costco crowd. "The spa lifestyle is not only essential to maintaining one's health and well-being, but it's now available and affordable to everyone," claimed one of the Spa Week campaign's numerous e-mails, touting cut-rate spa treatments as the antidote for our wrinkle-creating economic worries. I started to hit delete, then thought: Can't we all use a little TLC right now?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
In the unfolding scandal involving accusations against John Travolta, last week's salacious sexual-misconduct allegations had given way Monday to a boatload of I-said-he-said, heck-no-I-never-said, and let-me-clarify-what-you-think-I-said minutiae. Fabian Zanzi, the cruise-ship crew member who last month accused Travolta of inappropriate sexual behavior on the high seas, has spoken up again - this time in English - repeating allegations that while he was on the job several years ago, the actor asked him for a massage and a chat, then disrobed, gave him a naked hug and offered $12,000 in exchange for sex. After reporting the 2009 incident to his Royal Caribbean supervisors, Zanzi received a written warning for fraternizing with a passenger, according to personnel papers obtained by TMZ. The document noted that the VIP attendant's self-reporting had been considered as a mitigating factor in determining disciplinary action.
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