Massage or Massacre? Spa Injuries Exposed

For most spa-goers, a massage is best followed by a stint in the sauna not a trip to the emergency room.

But for 27-year-old Kellia Rogers of Brooklyn, N.Y., a supposedly relaxing massage last month turned into an excruciating hour of torture on the table of a heavy-handed masseuse.

"Punch, punch, punch," Rogers said. "I felt like she was digging for something I felt abused."

Fortunately for spa fanatics, such spa "abuse" injuries don't happen too often. But some doctors report that they do occur.

"I recently had one patient who had an abrasion on her back from a vigorous massage," said Dr. Tina Dobsevage, an assistant clinical professor and internist at Mt. Si