• Mar 29, 2006
Yesterday the Malaysian government opened a drive-in massage parlor on the country's main highway, the North-South Highway. The facility offers massage chairs for patrons similar to those found in some malls in the U.S. Costs, if any, to use the chairs were not specified in the article.
The government approved and funded the parlor in the hopes of reducing traffic accidents by relaxing stressed-out drivers. There are plans to open a second parlor later this year.

[Source: Associated Press via ABC News]


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      Aurora Davis
      • 8 Years Ago
      Some of the commenters obviously don't realize that these chairs are not actually installed INSIDE the cars! They are in a facility that drivers can pull into for a brief stop and a massage. I think it's an interesting idea, but what about when all the chairs are being used? Will this provoke massage-rage incidents?
      Denise J
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree w/ornah, Massage Parlor is a degrading term.
      Massage therapy helps reduce stress and yes would reduce the amt of road rage!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ummm...anybody read the first line of the article where it says the MALAYSIAN government opened this massage parlor? The article didn't say anything about the seats being installed in vehicles, nor did it say anything about plans to open such a business in the United States...just compared the chairs to the ones we have here in some of our malls that cost $5.00 for a whole three minutes' worth of use. Jeez! The price itself is enough to cause me more stress than I had before I sat down!
      Ornah
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who came up with "parlor"? At least, here in the states, we've worked hard at legitimizing massage therapy, so unfortunately, the word "parlor" gives the wrong conotation. It's a great idea, though, to have anything that will help calm road rage and relieve the aches and stiffness from driving.
      Elsie Marie
      • 8 Years Ago
      I personally feel that the type of massage therapy for those who drive long distances/havephysical disability would cut down the number of accidents and may improve road rage, etc. As a senior citizen, with quite a few problems, I would love to be able to stop at a safe place to get some relief for the aches/pain I have. I would certainly like to find out more information about it and would even try to get involved with getting it started here in the states. I am sure that we have a greater number of main highways etc, that are in need of such. Other comments about it being seexual are uncalled for as physical massage is for physical problems not sexual gratification. Hurrah for the Malaysian government, I applaude their foresight that we have had yet to think of.
      concerned
      • 8 Years Ago
      way to go, it seems other countries are way ahead
      on personal comfort. In alot of countries its
      an everyday thing, to get a massage.
      It has prolonged my life, and made it alot more
      enjoyable, always looking forward to the next.
      anonymous
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it's a great idea! Especially for us road warriors. After a few hours behind the wheel my back and legs hurt. BTW ,you guys are perverts! Massages are not always sexual.
      Judy
      • 8 Years Ago
      My comment is to Jack G. Many drivers cause their own stress but there are also the drivers who have had back surgeries, neck injuries and other ailments who hurt when they sit for any period of time. Also, to the general public, A preferable name, instead of "Parlor", would be therapy center or something like that but there are still people who think of massage as something sexual. Oh well.
      Reid Robbins
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish I could get one of those for the back of my taxi!!!!

      Reid
      Author of: Cab Driving as a Second Career for Fun and Profit
      Reid Robbins
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder if they can bring the massages right up to the cars so that you can relax when you are at a dead stop?

      Reid Bryce Robbins
      Author of:
      "Cab Driving as a Second Career for Fun and Profit"
      Sue
      • 8 Years Ago
      Although it's a nice idea, adding these chairs to automobiles would be a bad idea. Anything that might cause the driver to fall asleep would obviously be a hazard.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Presumably, it's not the sort of "massage" parlor that advertises in the sports pages :)
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