November 1, 2013 |
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.
August 17, 1990 |
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.
September 30, 2011 |
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)
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
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 |
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.
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 |
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?
May 9, 2010 |
This spa in the heart of Koreatown is as much about experiencing the community of Korean spa culture as it is about getting a massage or facial. While making an appointment even two days in advance was simple, the online menu had few treatment details (though prices were up to date) and the telephone receptionist couldn't answer my questions about the treatments. On a Monday morning, parking was easy to find and free with spa validation. The building's Korean retail stores and window-paneled facade give it the look of a corporate office, with only the driving range's big nets on Western Avenue alluding to the fitness center inside.