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Q: Can getting a massage help me sleep better?
A: You bet it can! Massage therapy leads to a feeling of relaxation and calm, and clients often report a sense of clarity and perspective. Not only does massage therapy feel good physically, but it also seems to hit a mental “reset button,” leading to clearer thoughts and enhanced sleep. Massage therapy can also manage two common sleep stealers: stress and pain. (See “On the Inside,” page 10.) Massage therapy tackles stress on the physical level by easing muscle tightness and on the biochemical level by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol and prompting the release of endorphins, which make us feel good. Massage therapy has also been shown to mediate pain, which is very good news for people living with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis or even cancer. The pain-lessening benefits of regular massage therapy lead to better sleep. Better sleep will ultimately give your body time to restore and heal.
—C.G. Funk, Licensed Massage Therapist and Vice President of Industry
Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy
Q: Can massage therapy enhance my exercise program?
A: Yes, it can! Massage therapy aids in overall blood circulation in the body. Increasing circulation means that more oxygen is delivered to the muscles to allow for longer endurance periods and toxins are removed quicker, which reduces recovery time and residual pain. Massage therapy also has been shown to improve range of motion which creates more flexibility in the body. Increased flexibility allows you to perform movements of the exercise more effectively and with greater ease. Massage therapy also improves overall muscle and joint strength which, along with increased flexibility, helps to prevent injuries to muscles, joints and tendons. Whether you are just getting started on an exercise program or are revising your current exercise routines, keep in mind that any new exercise activities require the body to engage in a variety of movements to perform effectively. The new movements introduced to the body will create different stress and strain on muscles and joints, which can often create increased stiffness and pain. Integrating massage therapy sessions into your regular schedule will enhance and benefit any exercise routine. Massage therapy can benefit everyone from the elite athlete to the casual walker or weekend warrior. All that hard work won’t pay if our muscles and over-stressed and strained. Receiving massage therapy on a regular basis helps us maintain overall health and wellness and will keep us enjoying our favorite exercise activities.
—C.G. Funk, Licensed Massage Therapist and Vice President of Industry
Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy
Q: Can regular massage help alleviate depression?
A: Yes, massage therapy can help those suffering from depression. Studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute, at the University of Miami School of Medicine, showed participants had reduced levels of anxiety and depression after receiving a series of massage therapy treatments. Massage therapy also positively impacts emotional and physical health by increasing feelings of overall well-being and improving responses to stress. Our skin has millions of nerve receptors linked to the nervous system. During massage, those receptors are stimulated, which signals the body to release “feel-good” chemicals, such as dopamine and serotonin. Massage also can help reduce levels of your body’s stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, which can contribute to alleviating worry and tension. Depression comes in many forms and has many roots. While massage can be an important part of therapy for those suffering from depression, medication or psychotherapy also may be prescribed depending upon your symptoms. Always talk with your primary care doctor if you are concerned about depression. Your physician will help create the appropriate treatment plan for you.
Q: Can regular massage therapy during the winter months help keep me healthy?
A: Regular therapeutic massage can provide significant advantages beyond the immediate benefit of relaxation. People who experience high levels of stress tend to get sick more than others. Combine stress with lack of sleep and poor nutrition, and our body’s ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced. Numerous studies have indicated that massage increases the immune system’s level of the body’s natural “killer cells,” which improves the body’s overall immune function. Regular massage therapy treatments help boost the immune system by directly affecting circulation and indirectly affecting your lymphatic system. The circulation of red and white blood cells increases, which in turn helps to rid your body of unwanted debris or waste products that can cause disease. When your immune system is stronger, your body is more prepared to defend itself against those cold and flu viruses going around your workplace, school or even your home during the winter months. So keep yourself healthy during the long winter months by scheduling regular massage appointments.
Q: How often should I receive a massage?
A: The amount of massages a person receives in a month can depend on many things: the type of massage being received, the recommendations of the massage therapist, the physical condition of the client and, of course, time and finances. People receive massages for many reasons. Some are looking for therapy that helps them to de-stress and relax. Some are receiving massage to help relieve the pain and discomfort of a physical condition and some integrate massage into their individual health and wellness regimen.
Massage therapy not only decreases pain and tension in muscles but also has other benefits such as improving posture, promoting a healthy circulatory system, improving flexibility, relieving stress and strengthening the immune system. The effects of massage are cumulative, and scheduling on a regular basis will increase the length of time these benefits are experienced. For a general recommendation of massage frequency, I would suggest receiving a massage at least twice a month in order to maintain the effects and results from each session. However, even receiving massage once a month will produce great results when scheduled on a regular basis.
Q: Is it OK to tell my massage therapist what I want out of my session; and, if so, what’s the best way to communicate with him or her?
A: It’s more than OK to talk to your massage therapist. In fact, you should never hesitate to communicate your needs and requests to your massage therapist before and during your massage session. Massage therapists are the experts when it comes to the choice and application of techniques they feel would best suit you—but you are the expert on yourself. Massage therapists want to hear from you and they know your satisfaction depends on how well they listen to and fulfill your requests. Your session should always begin with your therapist asking you about your reasons for getting a massage, your current physical condition, a brief medical history, lifestyle and stress level, and any areas of pain. During this initial interview, talk directly to your therapist about your expectations and requests. Although your massage therapist will check in with you a few times during the massage, it’s always acceptable for you to communicate with him or her at any time during the session.
Local government officials have complained that under current law, it is too difficult to regulate massage businesses or shut down parlors with suspected links to prostitution or human trafficking.
Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), one of three authors of the measure, said such bad actors "hijacked the massage industry and overwhelmed smaller cities who felt their hands were tied when dealing with the proliferation of these businesses."
The newly signed measure will give local governments more authority over zoning and regulation of these businesses, allowing them to close down bad actors. It also establishes more training requirements for individuals applying for a license to be a massage practitioner.
Tony Ferrara, president of the League of California Cities, cheered the new law.
"Our cities once again have the power to regulate massage businesses just as we can regulate other businesses in our jurisdictions," said Ferrara, who is also mayor of Arroyo Grande. "This will help keep our residents safe and protect the people who work in the massage therapy industry.”
Assembly members Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) and Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo Park) were also authors of the bill, AB 1147.
Brown also signed two drought-inspired bills promoting water conservation by homeowners associations.
One measure, AB 2104 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), prohibits such associations from fining residents for replacing their lawns with low water-using plants.
Got an ache or pain? Cliff Mock might just be the answer.
Pratt’s newest massage therapist has set up shop in Kempton Chiropractic and is ready to help getting rid of those pesky sore spots.
Mock completed his massage therapist certification through Heritage College in Wichita in July. He is certified to perform Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, neuromuscular techniques, sports massage chair massage and pregnancy massage.
He will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. by appointment. He also works in Wichita on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in New Market Square at Massage Envy.
Mock had been a surgery nurse but decided that God was leading him to pursue a healing career through massage.
The massage program is a year long and students use each other to practice their newly learned skills. Once a month, the students would set up at a location and have a chair massage event, Mock said.
The massage events were designed to promote the school and to give students some real world practice. Events were held at Friends University and for the Wichita Medical Society.
Mock does his work on a massage table and a massage chair. The chair is ergonomically designed to put the person in the best position for a massage. The chair massage focuses on the neck, shoulders, back and arms. The change he sees in patients as the pain and discomfort go away is gratifying and some times surprising.
“It’s amazing the difference you can see in an hour,” Mock said. “To see someone get relief in one hour, those are the days that make it worthwhile.”
Mock considers the two treatments of chiropractic and massage complementary to each other. What he does can help improve the effects of a chiropractic treatment and sometimes the chiropractic treatment can improve the effects of Mock’s massage.
“It works well to work here in conjunction with Bruce (Kempton),” Mock said.
The more relaxed the patient, the easier it is to get to deeper problems, Mock said.
Mock spends time finding out what is bothering the client to determine which type of massage will be the most beneficial. Even though two people may have the same problem, it may require different types of massage to best match the body type.
“Everybody’s body is different,” Mock said.
A typical massage on the table will take from an hour to an hour and a half. A chair massage will take about 20 minutes. It all depends on what the person needs and what is cost effective for the client.
I SAID, I’M REA— Whoop, there you are! Didn’t hear you come in. That little fountain thingy is quite a noise canceller. I couldn’t remember if you said to start face down, but— That is what you said? Great, great. Looks like my brain doesn’t need a massage, huh? Although if you could rub my head at some point that would be super. Really? That’s a normal part of it? Great, great.
I know you said that I could strip down all the way, but, as you can see, I didn’t. It just seems, I don’t know, forward? I mean, I get that there’s an intimacy to this—not “intimacy” like something inappropriate, just, you know, the fact that we only met, what, forty-five seconds ago, and you’re about to rub my whole body. That’s just what it is. And I’m fine with that. That’s why I’m here. I got the gift certificate from work, and you guys wouldn’t let me exchange it for cash, so I said, “Screw it. It is time to see what this massage thing is all about.” But is it not fair to say that if I’m not relaxed this whole thing is pointless? Exactly. That’s what I thought. So that’s why I decided to keep my boxers on. And also my socks.
Good call starting me on my stomach. I’ve been told that I hold my tension in my lats. Don’t know if you could sense that—I imagine people in your profession are very empathic. Empathetic. Empathic? Empathetic? Empathic?
Face down is just the standard way to start? Great, great. Standard is great.
So am I supposed to be breathing in a particular way right now? ’Cause I’m trying to breathe in time with your movements, but I don’t know if that’s helping or— O.K., I’ll just breathe normally.
I like your sneakers. I’m looking at them through the hole in this head-doughnut thing, and they’re very cool. Does the spa give them to you? No? Well, I guess with what these massages cost, you can get all the sneakers you want. Really? The spa takes that much? Looks like you and me are in the wrong business!
Ow ow ow ow ow!
Anyway, they look very comfortable.
I know, I’m still breathing with your movements. But it felt like it helped that time. I’ll stop.
Mmmmwuhhh! O.K., that was a weird sound. It’s just, no one’s ever done that to my shoulder before. It’s, like, you’re taking it apart and putting it back together again, but from the outside, just by squeezing it … and I basically just described a massage. I can’t imagine how much stupid stuff you must hear in a day, but that’s got to be up there.
Most people just lie here quietly? Great, great. Wasn’t sure. Didn’t want you to think that I was ignoring you.
Oh my god, you’re going to do the exact same thing to the other shoulder? Awesome. I’m just gonna lie here quietly and enjoy it….
Um, I think you forgot the rotation thing. The thing where you stretch out my arm and then kind of tuck it up and under. You did it on the other side.
Well, you can say that you were “getting to that,” but it was the second thing you did on the first arm, so—
Ow ow ow ow ow!
No, the lady at the desk said that I might be sore tomorrow, not during, but—HELLO! I haven’t been able to bend my arm like this since I don’t even know when. Wow! Whatever you’re doing, keep going!
Heading over to the back, I see. Good luck. Or whatever you would say in your native language.
I just assumed that English wasn’t your native language.
It is? Huh. No, I have no idea why I would have guessed that it wasn’t. So … I think you were, um, about to do my back?
There. What did I tell you? That lat’s like a tense slab of beef, right? Hey, as long as you’re there, do you mind checking out that mole under my left shoulder blade? No, it’s a little lower. Here, I’ll show you. Holy crap, check me out! I can get my finger right on it! Anyway, would you call this an “asymmetrical border”? My dermatologist is always, like, “Don’t worry about it,” but I’m starting to think that if he can’t shoot Botox in it, he just doesn’t—
Hmm? Nope, I’m not tired at all.
O.K., you can just skip my, um, gluteal area. My butt. You don’t have to do my butt. No, I understand that you’re fine with it, and thank you for saying that, but, to be honest, I’m not feeling very … confident. I mean, I try to stay in shape—hopefully you can tell that, even though you haven’t mentioned anything, probably because you pride yourself on your discretion—but I’m thinking about all the other butts that have been on this table, and I’m imagining that they were all rounder and firmer than mine. Even though I box twice a week. Cardio boxing. No contact, but there are very authentic punching movements.
That’s sweet, and I swear I wasn’t fishing for a compliment, but really? My butt is “better than a lot”? That sounds like the top one per cent. That’s pretty amazing. I guess you can massage it a little. You know, over the boxers.
Woof, I’ll bet it must suck when you get a flat-butt fatty on here, huh? It must. Turn over? Oh, yeah, baby, I’ve heard about this kind of massage.…
Was that over the line? I’m so sorry. Like I said, this is my first massage, and I don’t know where the line is.
Well, clearly it’s not “obvious”—
Ow ow ow ow ow!
Can I, uh, turn over now? Great, great.
Yes, I’m very relaxed. No, I’m definitely not holding in my stomach. That’s just the way it looks—naturally, aggressively flexed. I’m telling you, you should try this cardio boxing.
Mmm, now this feels nice. I must say, you are almost making me rethink the socks….
Buh? Did I fall asleep? Wow, you are amazing. It’s like your hands cast a magic spell … that makes me stop holding in my stomach. So, yeah, that’s what it looks like in its normal state. Still, probably “better than a lot,” right?
Could you not hear me over the fountain thingy?
Oh, I didn’t realize that the massage was over. Well, thank you. That was incredible. You truly honored your ancestors.
I just assumed that your ancestors were also massage therapists.
They weren’t? Huh. No, I have no idea why I would have guessed that they were.
Ow ow ow ow WOW! I thought the massage was over!
Would I like some lemon water? Is it included? Great, great.
There is a common belief that massage therapy can help relieve sore muscles and aid exercise recovery by removing lactic acid from the muscles after exercise. However, this belief is not supported among scientific research since the 1990s, nor is it accordant to the basics of human physiology. One of the earliest studies on this was published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine in 1996, and it compared the effects of massage with active recovery after a bout of heavy exercise. Researchers from the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in India found that short-term massage therapy is “ineffective in enhancing the lactate removal” and active recovery is a much better modality for lactate removal after exercise. A small 2013 study from the University of Milan in Italy also showed that massage therapy (and stretching) had no significant influence on blood lactate removal.
First, the terms “lactic acid” and “blood lactate” are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same products nor are they wastes. According to Sports Fitness Advisor, lactic acid was once thought of as a waste product during glycolysis, which is a cellular metabolic process that produces short-term energy. Glycolysis produces lactic acid, which quickly releases hydrogen ions (H+). The remaining compound latches on to electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, to form lactate. This is the substance that scientists use to measure athletes’ recovery and metabolic processes in a laboratory.
“The idea behind the myth that massage removes toxins from tissues comes from visualizing the physiology in a mistaken way,” said licensed massage therapist Ravensara Travillian, Ph.D., in an online interview with Guardian Liberty Voice, who also volunteers with Massage Therapy Foundation. “The visualization goes something like this: Exercise and other regular metabolic activities of normal life produce toxins that need to be removed from tissues. Since massage increases circulation, this increase flushes the toxins out of the tissues, leaving them detoxified. The problem is that each of these steps in the concept—although they sound like they could be reasonable—are not what happens in reality.”
A British study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise in 2004 found no significant increase of circulation in the femoral artery within the quadriceps muscle or the rate of blood lactate removal after massage therapy was performed after exercise. Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University found that increases in skin blood flow “provide no nutritive benefit to the muscle in post-exercise conditions.” Since massage therapy is suggested to increase skin blood flow, it is possible that massage could “reroute” blood from the skeletal muscle and may hinder recovery process.
“Vertebrates—animals with backbones, like us—have closed circulatory systems, so if circulation increases in one part of the system, it has to decrease somewhere else to compensate for that constant overall amount,” Travillian explains. “So if it were true that massage increased circulation, we would also have to say that massage decreases circulation elsewhere in the system.”
“Massage can cause minute local changes,” Travillian continued. “You can see the skin redden (rubor) as blood rushes to fill areas made temporarily ischemic by rubbing. But overall, it does nothing to either increase blood amount (more blood cells and plasma) or more blood flow (faster rate per unit time). If you look at all we can touch—just skin and nerve endings—and how superficial and narrow capillaries are, versus how deep and wide the femoral artery really is—this is actually quite plausible. It makes sense, and it matches the material, physical, natural reality.”
In fact, another study that was published in the same journal in 2010 found that massage therapy could mechanically reduce blow flow which impedes blood lactate removal. If massage does not work in exercise recovery, then one must question if any technique works better.
A fairly recent study from Shiraz University in Iran showed evidence to support the 1996 Indian study that exercise is better than massage therapy to remove “lactic acid” from muscles. However, the experiment, which involved 17 professional male swimmers, compared three groups where one performed active recovery, one received massage and one performed passive recovery as a control group. What the researchers found was that active recovery was more effective in blood lactate removal than massage, and massage therapy was more effective than passive recovery. They found that there were no differences in performance between the active recovery group and the massage group.
“Lactic acid is not a toxin; it’s a normal metabolite, and the body gets rid of it normally, with or without massage,” said Travillian. “While it is true that too much concentration of metabolites can be toxic, that’s true of almost any substance, including water. And water’s not considered a toxin. In biology, the word ‘toxin’ means a foreign, naturally-produced substance, such as bee or snake venom, or Botulinum toxin, a by-product of microbes. If we appropriate a well-known scientific word and use it to mean something totally different that does not match reality, such as ‘metabolite,’ we’re sending a message to other healthcare professionals, who are our potential partners, and to clients that we’re not interested in participating in the shared body of knowledge that the rest of the healthcare team has in common.”
“In fact, if massage did increase blood flow, we would expect to see higher blood pressure after massage,” Travillian continued, “as the body compensates to push that higher flow through the same amount of vessels in the same time. But that’s not what we see; in fact, when we consult the final authority—the human body itself —we see the opposite: lower blood pressure after massage. Additionally, the model assumes ‘flushing’ in only the ‘right’ direction. But actually, when we press on the skin, the effects or the pressure radiate out in all directions—as much as we’re ‘pushing fluid’ forward, we’re also pushing it backwards and sideways, which makes the net (overall) effect much less than if it were only in one direction.”
While massage therapy does not significantly increase circulation or remove “lactic acid” from muscles after exercise, there are other benefits to massage after a workout, such as lowering stress and anxiety. Travillian posed her final thoughts. “I believe that massage is good after exercise for the same reasons it’s good at other times. We are social animals who derive a great deal of benefit on many levels—biological, psychological, and social—from the focused caring attention of another human being.”
By Nick Ng
A Los Angeles Police Department detective pleaded no contest Wednesday to assaulting three women who worked at massage parlors across the San Fernando Valley from 2011 through early 2012.At a sentencing hearing Aug. 8, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz is expected to order 49-year-old Oris Pace to serve 180 days in county jail and to resign from the police department. Pace will also be ordered to serve three years of formal probation.According to prosecutors, Pace was a supervisor with the LAPD’s Commission Investigation Division, which is responsible for enforcing business permits at massage parlors and other establishments. Pace was accused of forcing three victims to undress and fondling them.Pace was arrested Jan. 2 and placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the criminal case. He pleaded to three counts of assault while on duty as a public officer. Eight additional charges, including six felony counts of sexual battery by restraint, are expected to be dismissed at the sentencing hearing. He had faced a maximum of nine years in prison if convicted of all charges.
An Oklahoma City police officer was charged Friday with raping or sexually abusing eight women he allegedly threatened to arrest if they did not submit. Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking. Holtzclaw is accused of raping at least two women while on duty and forcing four to perform oral sex, in addition to fondling the women and forcing them to expose themselves. Holtzclaw reportedly forced women to expose themselves, fondled the women, forced four of them to perform oral sex on him and had intercourse with at least two of the women, court records show. The women, between 34 and 58 years old, all are black. Some women were stopped as they were walking. In one case, the victim told police that Holtzclaw broke into her home in March, kicked out her boyfriend and then forced her to perform sexual acts. The president of the Oklahoma NAACP told KOCO-TV civil rights group will ask the U.S. Justice Department to review the case for possible hate-crime charges. Police said they may be additional victims. Holtzclaw has remained jailed since his arrest Aug. 21. He denies the allegations, his attorney told the Associated Press that his client really isnt that smart.
It’s a year later than they had initially planned, but Zeel is finally expanding its massage-on-demand service beyond New York to more cities in the U.S. — rolling out in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Miami.
It’s the next step toward creating what Chief Executive Samer Hamadeh says is at least a billion-dollar business. “We believe we’re creating something that is unique and interesting,” Hamadeh says. “We believe that we can be all over the world in 200 plus cities and this is a billion dollar plus revenue opportunity.”
For now, Zeel’s massage therapists are only operating in four of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Customers in the Bay Area from the South Bay to the East Bay, greater Los Angeles, and South Florida (from Miami to Palm Beach) will now be able to treat yo selves .
Zeel launched the massage-on-demand service in New York in April 2013, after beginning its life as a sort of ZocDoc for alternative health practitioners in early 2012. During that first year, Hamadeh and his team noticed that one category was by far the most popular among customers — massage.
“We ended up booking 15,000 massages with the old Zeel and massage was over half the bookings,” says Hamadeh. Through its matchmaking and booking service, Zeel noticed that most massages were arranged as more of an impulse buy. “If massages were booked two or more days out there would be cancellation rates of 28%,” says Hamadeh. “And 55% of requests were for within four hours. The industry isn’t set up to offer massages within four hours.”
Beyond basic booking logistics, industry professionals had problems with the current system for scheduling appointments, and the safety issues involved with delivering “in-home” massages. Zeel moved to address that by providing a vetting system for both massage therapists (who have to be licensed or certified in every state where Zeel operates) and customers who have to have their identity verified through Experian when they set up an account.
While safety is one consideration for massage therapists, compensation is another — and it’s another area where Zeel says it beats traditional competition. The massage costs about as much as a treatment at a nice spa, with prices (including tax & tip) in Manhattan for a 60-minute massage ranging from roughly $141 to $159 and in the SF Bay Area from $117 to $130, depending on whether the customer has a massage table in their home or apartment. Zeel also offers a “Zeelot” membership program, where customers pay a flat rate of $121.88 per month for one massage in NYC and a flat rate of $99.12 per month for one massage in Miami, Los Angeles, or San Francisco and the surrounding counties. Even at those prices, therapists can make up to 75% more than they would at a spa, Hamadeh says.
The service has taken off in New York with tens of thousands of massages delivered over the course of the last year-and-a-half. Zeel has 420 therapists in New York, another 170 in South Florida, 150 in Los Angeles, and nearly 150 in the Bay Area. It began beta-testing its service through the summer and is now set to go live in those geographies. The company’s app is available for iOS and Android devices and new customers can get $25 off their first massage with the special code “LAUNCH”.
To support the company’s continued growth, Zeel quietly went back to the market at the end of last year to raise $1.75 million in a second seed round with participation from investors including Lightbank and Corigin Ventures, Prolog Ventures also invested in the round along with several angel investors who’d previously backed the company.
Bringing massages to customers’ doors has opened up a new range of customers who previously hadn’t considered massages, Hamadeh says. Roughly 72% of the company’s orders come in after 5 in the afternoon. Around 26% of those are actually happening between 9 at night and 1030.
Hamadeh, the former chief executive at the employment information clearing house, Vault.com*, came to Zeel through the notion that the company could make the market for alternative medical health practitioners more transparent in the same way Vault sought to bring greater transparency to the job market.
Over the next year or so, customers around the country should expect to see Zeel’s services expanding to even more geographies as the company looks to raise a significant new round in the first or second quarter of 2015. “It’s going to be a big round,” says Hamadeh. “That’s the nature of the world right now. If you’re trying to build a global, local-services business you need a lot of cash if you’re going to stay ahead of everybody.”
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WESTFIELD — The owner of Jenny's Massage Studio in Westfield was arrested and charged with promoting and engaging in prostitution on Aug. 12, Westfield police said.
Westfield police say Xue Juan Han was engaging in prostitution at Jenny's Massage Studio at 409 Westfield Avenue.Google Maps
Police said Xue Juan Han, 47, owns the massage business at 409 Westfield Avenue and was released on a summons.
Westfield police said they could not reveal how they determined Han was engaging in prostitution as the investigation is ongoing.
Westfield Police Chief David Wayman told the Alternative Press police do not have the right to close down the business and said the massage parlor likely began as a legitimate business and “progressed from there.” However, he also said police "didn’t come across any signs of legitimate business taking place."
Police said they believe Han was the only employee at Jenny's Massage Studio, according to the report.
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