into my Parlour ….!
By Maxwell Pereira
A while ago, the Delhi Police were seemingly bitten by an obsession
to chase after the mushrooming massage parlours in town. Not without
reason, the unsavoury hovering image of their propensity to be
used as sleazy joints selling sex – always real, was rampant
and glaring, assuming alarming proportions enough to attract adverse
concerns for the community. A visit to the classified and other
ad columns of daily papers is educative – how openly, suggestively,
and aggressively the ‘services’ at these parlours
are advertised, with nothing left to imagination or conjecture,
despite whatever police intervention there’s been or is
after every raid, detailed accounts in news columns, of various
services offered, the innovative masquerading adopted, and the
sex objects used. The star-lets that fly in and out for a weekend
binge, the house wives from so called decent backgrounds out for
a quick buck with or without the knowledge of their spouse. And
horrifyingly, of even tender lasses, be they from university hostels
or the next door neighbourhood, who could always do with a bit
more of the moolah to keep up with the latest fashion trends or
the new model of the mobile phone in the market!
am not sure what’s happened to these raids – for over
the past few weeks now, one has hardly read any coverage on such
raids by the police. Is it better sense, or for some other consideration?
For surely, the parlours continue to exist and operate like before!
Does it mean they operate now under police protection, supervision
or active monitoring!?
would be worried though, at any overly police interest in such
activity, which should frankly be the sole concern of the local
community. Through their RWA (Residents’ Welfare Association),
may be as part of the Bhagidari stake for people’s common
good as a whole. A valid and wider reason for this. Decent scientifically
managed massage parlours are a necessity, since they tend to fulfil
a community’s therapeutic needs. Properly managed, kept
clean and transparent with whatever checks and balances prescribed,
this activity can not only be a boon, but also an impetus to our
famed medico/ physio-therapeutic tourism.
is known to be the oldest and simplest form of medical care. Egyptian
tomb paintings depict people being massaged. In all Eastern cultures,
it has been continually pactised since ancient times. The Yellow
Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine – a Chinese book
from 2700 BC, recommends “breathing exercises, massage of
skin and flesh, and exercises of hands and feet" as the appropriate
treatment for complete paralysis, chills, and fever."
was among the principal methods for relieving pain, adopted by
Greek and Roman physicians. And Julius Caesar had a daily massage
to treat neuralgia. In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates the father
of modern medicine wrote, "The Physician must be experienced
in many things, but assuredly in rubbing... for rubbing can bind
a joint that is too loose, and loosen a joint that is too rigid”.
Not the least our own Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system
of medicine, places great emphasis on the therapeutic benefits
of massage with aromatic oils and spices. Practiced widely in
India, it is now a craze in the developed world too.
the ages, doctors like Ambroise Pare – a 16th-century physician
to the French court, praised massage as a treatment for various
ailments. Swedish massage, most familiar to Westerners, was developed
in the 19th century by Per Henrik Ling – a Swedish doctor,
poet, and educator. His system was based on a study of gymnastics
and physiology, and on techniques borrowed from China, Egypt,
Greece and Rome.
originally based on Ling's methods, was established in 1894 with
the foundation of the Society of Trained Masseurs. During World
War-I patients suffering from nerve injury or shell shock were
treated with massage. London’s St. Thomas Hospital had a
department of massage until 1934. Later though, massage was eclipsed
by breakthroughs in medical technology and pharmacology, as physiotherapists
began increasingly to favour electrical instruments over manual
methods of stimulating the tissues.
is unfortunate that Massage lost some of its value and prestige
with the unsavoury image created by "massage parlours”.
This image is fading elsewhere in the world as awareness of its
value and therapeutic properties keeps growing – even as
we in India, despite our world famous ayurvedic massages, are
still wallowing in the mire of the unsavoury image and usage,
such parlours convey.
is need to realize that Massage is now used in intensive care
units, for children, elderly people, babies in incubators, and
patients with cancer, AIDS, heart attacks, or strokes. Most hospices
in the developed world have some kind of bodywork therapy available,
and it is frequently offered in health centres, drug treatment
clinics, and pain clinics. A variety of massage techniques have
also been incorporated into several other complementary therapies,
such as aromatherapy, reflexology, Rolfing, Heller-work, and osteopathy.
"massage is to the human body what a tune-up is for a car"
– not anymore something for just feeling good. Losing the
ancient stigma associated with blue light and red light districts
for its re-juvenative or therapeutic value, it is a holistic therapy
that reduces the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases
blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range
of motion, and increases endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.
Therapeutic massage compliments and enhances medical treatment
and helps people feel less anxious and stressed, relaxed yet more
alert. Authorities may like to note!
words: 28.03.2005: Copy Right © Maxwell Pereira: 3725 Sec-23,
Gurgaon-122002. You can interact with the author at http://
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