On Deadline: Echoes of the 'Great Massage Parlor Raid' of 33 years ago | February 24, 2012 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Spectrum - February 24, 2012

On Deadline: Echoes of the 'Great Massage Parlor Raid' of 33 years ago

by Jay Thorwaldson

The current mini-controversy that pits Palo Alto's massage-parlor ordinance against the innocent-sounding "Happy Feet" massage business evokes some admittedly faint echoes of a major city confrontation a third of a century ago.

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Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson may be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweeky.com with a cc: to jaythor@well.com.


Posted by sonny, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

Keep up the good work. We Palo Alto citizens are indebted to your historicity.

Posted by Lucia Miracchi, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Hi, Jay:

I enjoyed your perspective and historical commentary on the massage scene in Palo Alto 33 years ago. As the one enduring 'massage parlor' -- the one you said was the only legitimate one in town -- it would have been nice for you to name us.

We -- Massage Therapy Center of Palo Alto -- are the direct descendants of 'that one legit massage parlor' and have been fighting long and hard to legitimize therapeutic massage.
In fact, we are probably the most established, long-lasting therapeutic massage business in Palo Alto that prides itself for this service without the addition of spa treatments, facials, hot stones, cucumber slices, or body wraps. How much more legitimate can you get? We moved directly to California Avenue in 1981 and continued to flourish under a corporation that managed a complete therapeutic massage and bodywork business as well as the largest, most-well known massage and bodywork school in the Bay Area. Just so you know...
And we are grateful for the support of the Palo Alto community all these years and will continue to foster excellence in this growing field of healing the self in body and mind...
Lucia Miracchi, owner and therapist

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Still a tempest in a teapot. How about them Dental Hygienists?

Posted by Markus F, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 28, 2012 at 5:39 am

My 72 year old mother is a customer of Happy Feet. I hope you will review the wording of your article and publish a correction.

Following your articles logic, my mother (and myself) are customers of a "brothel".... (Happy Feet).

Happy Feet is a regular business, not a front for prostitution. It provides also a health benefit at a reasonable cost.

I expect your reply published or sent to markusf@hp.com

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