Airline Masseuses Sue Over Injuries From Overweight Clients

Two British airline lounge masseuses sued Virgin Atlantic after suffering repetitive strain injury from massaging overweight executives, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Jayne Evans, 40, and Michelle Hindmarch, 35, developed chronic muscular strain after giving intensive shiatsu massages at the airline's Terminal 3 "Clubhouse" lounge at London's Heathrow Airport, their lawyer told a British court.

Most of their customers were men who required heavier hand and finger pressure, and no lubricant oils could be used as they were fully clothed, the report said.

Evans was sent home after a particularly strenuous session in October 2005 in which a "large male client" asked her to massage even harder than usual.

The women are seeking more than $800,000 in combined compensation. Virgin Atlantic is not disputing liability for the injuries, but is contesting the extent of the injuries and the amount of compensation due.

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