Craig Zorn is opening a second Beijing Massage, which he says he hopes will help combat the stigma that massage businesses sometimes have. David De Lossy Getty Images
Craig Zorn is opening a second Beijing Massage, which he says he hopes will help combat the stigma that massage businesses sometimes have. David De Lossy Getty Images

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Owner hopes to combat massage parlor image with second Beijing Massage

By Carrie Rengers

crengers@wichitaeagle.com

November 07, 2017 05:40 PM

UPDATED November 07, 2017 05:41 PM

Craig Zorn doesn’t like the stigma that’s sometimes attached to massage businesses, and he’s hoping to further combat that with his second Beijing Massage.

“I would love to do that if it’s at all possible,” he says.

Zorn opened his first Beijing Massage at 2723 E. Boulevard Plaza two years ago.

Now, he’s opened another – though the name may change – at 5311 E. Central by the Dairy Queen.

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Beijing Massage offers what Zorn calls standard foot and full-body massages along with hydro water massage.

Zorn says he’s concerned that when people hear about massage businesses, they “immediately think about other things.”

“We turn away a lot of people that are requesting that kind of thing. We just say, sorry, go someplace else,” he says. “We’re more interested in treating people with chronic pain. I myself am a chronic pain patient.”

Zorn says he traveled to China in 2010 and “experienced traditional Chinese medical techniques in treating chronic pain problems.”

He met his wife, Hannah Liu, there, and they decided to open a business here to share those techniques “even in the face of some of the negative backlash that comes from the industry.”

Ben Gartner of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the second Beijing Massage.

Zorn says more locations are a possibility in the future.

Next year, he says he and his wife are returning to China “to bring other techniques back.”

“There are things that are done there that nobody is doing here in regard to chronic pain treatment.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers