They say Reiki massage is "sensuous" massage. Apparently, it often becomes just a bit too "sensuous. On Wednesday February 18th, 2009, the Deseret News reported that charges were filed against four people who worked at a massage parlor that was offering services that ended in sex acts. The four were arrested last week after an investigation of Reiki Body Masters, located in a private residence at 772 W. Spanish Oak Way (6130 South) in Murray, Utah.
Here's the rogues' gallery and the charges:
-- Cheryl Lin Peterson, 61; money laundering, exploiting prostitution, doing business without a license, forged writing, unlawful massage therapy and prostitution. [Ed. Note: A 61-year-old charged with prostitution? Hmmm...her customers must have had an Oedipus complex...or they may have been snockered.]
-- Kenneth C. Barneycastle, 56; money laundering, exploiting prostitution and doing business without a license.
-- Jennifer Anna Boley, 29; money laundering, unlawful massage therapy and prostitution.
-- Emily Joy Leix, 29, unlawful massage therapy and prostitution.
Unlawful massage therapy is defined HERE (not that you couldn't have figured it out).
According to court documents, the business was actually located at Peterson and Barneycastle's private residence. Police discovered that, during massage visits, employees offered and attempted to perform sex acts on customers. Police found that Peterson and Barneycastle hired women to work there, and that the women paid part of the money they received from clients back to the business. Leix and Boley were two of the women who worked at the parlor.
Police did not disclose how many times they visited the establishment to ensure an adequate case was constructed. A Reiki massage is an Asian technique that focuses on the laying of hands on certain points of the body rather than a traditional rubbing massage.
Unbelievable. These people open up a cathouse in a private neighborhood, call it a "Reiki" massage parlor, then make the women kick back part of their pay. Basically pimping and whoring, by any other name. All that was missing was the pink Cadillac.
This is the second such incident in the Salt Lake Valley in the past four months. In October 2008, Salt Lake cops shut down The Reiki Specialist in downtown Salt Lake and busted the manager for rape. The manager is accused of forcing two prospective job applicants to have sex with him as part of their job interviews.