My very first massage

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    Aug 15, 2011 11:11 PM GMT
    I got my first massage ever. It was not as relaxing as I hoped and thought it would be. But, it was definitely a nice experience. The best thing was the amazing deal my brother found (two 1-hour massages for $29+tax; no tipping allowed). I felt that I took advantage of their time, but they were adamant about not accepting any tips. I still have to go back for my next hour.
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    Aug 16, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    sweetyork said It was not as relaxing as I hoped and thought it would be. . The best thing was the amazing deal my brother found (two 1-hour massages for $29+tax; no tipping allowed).


    Yeah that's like saying you don't see the fuss in a fine tailored suit when you pay $50 bucks for it.

    And I don't advocate the mantra "the more expensive something the better", but I seriously question the quality of a $15 dollar massage in an environment where you don't even tip the masseur.
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    Aug 16, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    I had a nice "massage" over the weekend. This posting will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
  • wild_sky360

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    Aug 16, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    They are probably student interns. The token fee just makes you a paying customer. $60 is about average for an hour.

    It might take a few massages to completely relax. During the first one you're paying too much attention to what he's doing. After a few, you can zone out as soon as you hit the table. Keep the conversation to a minimum; like more / less pressure, or that hurts.
  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 16, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    Happy ending ?!

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    Aug 16, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    sweetyork said It was not as relaxing as I hoped and thought it would be. . The best thing was the amazing deal my brother found (two 1-hour massages for $29+tax; no tipping allowed).


    Yeah that's like saying you don't see the fuss in a fine tailored suit when you pay $50 bucks for it.

    And I don't advocate the mantra "the more expensive something the better", but I seriously question the quality of a $15 dollar massage in an environment where you don't even tip the masseur.


    From personal experience, I know that you can get wicked deals if you spot them out. I mean, that is a heck of a deal, but still...

    And there is the point that was made they could be in training--that would make sense why no tipping is allowed.
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    Aug 16, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    All my experience with massage therapists in Canada seem to stress no tipping. They all seem to be Resistered Massage Therapists. I pay about $80/h. First time I went I tried to tip and they said no. They see it as a clinic. "You wouldn't tip your doctor, or physiotherapist" is what the said to me.

    If I ever go for a spa like treatment, I think I'd tip though.
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    Aug 16, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidI got my first massage ever. It was not as relaxing as I hoped and thought it would be. But, it was definitely a nice experience. The best thing was the amazing deal my brother found (two 1-hour massages for $29+tax; no tipping allowed). I felt that I took advantage of their time, but they were adamant about not accepting any tips. I still have to go back for my next hour.



    $29 for an hour massage? Was this an establishment or an independent massage therapist? If the former, I'd be concerned that there was some sort of human trafficking going on. If the latter, I would have just tipped them in crystal meth.
  • silverfox

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    Aug 16, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    There is a great massage therapist here in Orlando who sent out an email to a bunch of clients/friends etc. that basically said "I know times are tough and stressful and many could probably use my services more than ever....so if you would like a massage- I have time on my hands. Business is slower than usual. I would like to work. Pay me what you can. Or....pay me nothing if you can't afford it right now....no worries."


    I thought it was terrific and I gave him more than he usually charges..because r on that particular day....I may have had more money on hand than maybe the next guy. He is a great guy.
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    Aug 16, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Yesterday I "sold" a 2'x3' poster collage for which I would normally charge over $500.00, for a few free sushi meals (which adds up to nearly $300 at customer cost)...all because they have the freshest sushi and best service of any sushi place I've eaten.

    Sometimes people just feel generous. Best just to accept the lower price and enjoy the service. icon_biggrin.gif