Rubbed the Wrong Way

Are Body Workers the Next Quality of Life Patsies?

Legal massage, says New York State, means "stroking, kneading, tapping, and vibrating with the hands or vibrators for the purpose of improving muscle tone and circulation."
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Legal massage, says New York State, means "stroking, kneading, tapping, and vibrating with the hands or vibrators for the purpose of improving muscle tone and circulation."

While this reporter's attempts to solicit comment from Manhattan's Swedish Institute were unsuccessful, Milla Ulrich is quick to return her calls. "When the guy called to make the appointment," she explains, "I asked what I always ask, 'Have you ever had shiatsu?' I explained that it's a treatment based on oriental medicine and that it uses the same meridional points as acupuncture to direct the body's energy using pressure instead of needles. I explained that I make a diagnosis and administer shiatsu according to what I find. I told him what I tell everyone, not to eat beforehand, and to wear sweats and a T-shirt. You definitelydon't take your clothes off for shiatsu. Anyone who hears that would have to know I'm not a prostitute."

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