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Florida Spa Founder Sells Access to Trump

Li Yang developed a more upscale business

(Newser) - The woman behind a now-infamous Florida day spa has been selling something a little more upscale: access to President Trump, Mother Jones reports. Li Yang, who started the spa-and-massage-parlor chain that recently ensnared New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft in a prostitution charge, has an investment business offering Trump-family access... More »

Major US Massage Chain Hit With Sexual Assault Scandal

Nearly 200 complaints, suits filed against Massage Envy for assaults, mismanagement of complaints

(Newser) - What one would expect when frequenting a place called Massage Envy: a massage. What one absolutely wouldn't expect: to be sexually assaulted. Yet per an investigation by BuzzFeed , the nation's largest massage franchise chain, its employees, and individual spas have racked up more than 180 police reports, lawsuits,... More »

Guy Wows Woman With $5K Tip on $120 Massage

Kaleigh Hansen says she'll pay the kindness forward

(Newser) - Kaleigh Hansen must have the magic touch. The massage therapist at the Northern Lights Spa at Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport says she gave a Colorado man a basic one-hour massage on Sept. 27 as he waited for a flight back home after a hunting trip, per KTUU . But... More »

Cops: Woman Offers Man Massage, Sets Him on Fire

Then allegedly takes off in his van

(Newser) - A man's massage came with a decidedly unhappy ending in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday: The man says Christina Leach, 27, offered him the massage in his home, then tied him to a bed, poured something flammable on his upper torso, and set him on fire. Leach, who allegedly then fled... More »

Want to Lose Wrinkles? Try Thai Face-Slapping

Couple offers face-slapping therapy in Calif.

(Newser) - A slap from a beautiful woman usually means "how dare you"—except at a Thai face-slapping parlor in San Francisco, where it costs $350, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The therapist, Bangkok-born Tata, says it removes wrinkles and firms up skin without the cost of surgery or a single... More »

Travolta Case Lawyers Now Suing ... Each Other

Gloria Allred, Okorie Okorocha pull out the lawsuits

(Newser) - John Travolta's alleged massage table exploits have inspired a few venomous accusations between lawyers, TMZ reports. The lawyer representing one of the masseurs has filed suit against Gloria Allred for trying to steal his client, John Doe #2, and she's planning a counterclaim against that lawyer. "I... More »

Swank Hotel 'Banned' John Travolta for Bad Behavior

And lawyer drops first masseur

(Newser) - The plot thickens in massage-gate : A masseur now claims that John Travolta was banned from the swank Peninsula Hotel in New York for bad behavior, the New York Daily News reports. His alleged habit of pulling off his towel, grinding on the table, and raising his butt on massage tables... More »

Naked John Travolta Went for My Willy: Masseur

Hollywood star admits to history of 'sexual favors': lawsuit

(Newser) - John Travolta is one randy (and rather rude) massage client, according to a new Hollywood lawsuit. A masseur hired by Travolta claims the movie star took him to a Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow, stripped to nothing, appeared semi-erect, and touched the masseur's scrotum and penis during the massage, TMZ... More »

6 Spa Treatments for the Freaky Rich

Snake massages and 'fire cupping' make the list

(Newser) - Facials, mani-pedis, and massages are so passé for the insanely rich—or the insane and rich, Cracked reports. Here's the new normal among bizarre spa treatments:
  • A plant farm in northern Israel offers the full-body snake massage for $70. Bigger snakes will knead the belly or back while smaller
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Resort Offers Couples 20-Hand Massages for $2K

So far no one's taken them up on the offer, though

(Newser) - How many people do you want touching you at once? The Grand Wailea Resort in Maui is betting the answer is “a lot.” For its 20th anniversary, the posh Waldorf Astoria vacation spot is offering a “20-Hands Duo Massage.” For a mere $2,000—$20 per... More »

Second Gay Escort: I Gave Rekers Nude Massage in '92

'I think he thought it wasn't gay,' ex-prostitute says

(Newser) - Anti-gay preachers probably shouldn't go on European vacations with rentboys, no matter how much proselytizing they do, because other allegations soon will follow. In this case, Gawker's got the scoop on Carl Shepherd, a former male escort who says George Rekers hired him in 1992 for "an intimate massage"... More »

Craigslist Survivor: 'I Didn't Resist Him'

(Newser) - The woman who survived a robbery at the hands of Craigslist suspect Philip Markoff did so by offering no resistance, ABC News reports. “I just complied with everything he wanted me to do,” said Trisha Leffler, whom Markoff met at a Boston hotel for a massage. “I... More »

How Does Diddy Chill Out After a Long Day?

Hint: It involves his posterior

(Newser) - When you've got as much on your plate as rapper/fashion designer/actor/producer/entrepreneur Diddy, you've got to find a way to relax. Other high-profile celebs advocate techniques ranging from yoga to meditation and beyond, but Diddy opts for rear rubs, the Mirror reports. The renaissance man told E!, "Most people get... More »

Super Spas (for the Still-Rich)

Less waiting perhaps, too, at these top-flight pushers of relaxation

(Newser) - From ancient minerals and monasteries to herb-infused wraps and waterfalls, sit back, relax, and enjoy Vanity Fair’s list of the world’s poshest spas:
  • Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Jet-setters can get a taste of the Old American West, where “wildlife runs wild.”
  • The Spa at Gleneagles, Scotland:
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10 Amazing Places to Unwind

Forbes lists 10 US getaways from Maui to Maine

(Newser) - Americans need a vacation—badly—with fewer than two-thirds of workers using their allotted time last year, reports Forbes. But not everyone's idea of fun is vegging out . Here are top-notch US getaways for those who like active travel:
  • Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii: Golf, bird-watching and a marine-life preserves.
  • Golden
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Terrifying Robot Is Ready to Massage Breasts

Business proposal lists many potential customers

(Newser) - The developer of a new robot designed to massage women's breasts is full of ideas for the gadget, reports the Gizmodo blog. Wang Wei of Beijing BUBBY Robot Technologies suggests numerous potential customers for the Breast Massage Robot, including "girls who are reaching or having reached puberty, hope to... More »

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