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Recession Obsession: The $15 Massage

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December is The Official Recession’s first birthday month and there’s no need to deny it. We dined for next to nothing last week, and today we’ll enjoy this milestone on the cheap with my latest Recession Obsession: The $15 Massage.

Los Angeles' saturated spa culture makes for great variety and consumer-friendly pricing. For only $50 ($40 + tip) you can get a Thai massage which will stretch, crack and humble you into great comfort. Echo Park’s lauded Thai massage megaspot Pho Siam does this as well as any. If you desire an hour of pristine serenity where a master masseuse’s skilled hands glide over your recession-worn body like drops of water from the Dalai Llama’s private spring, you can have it. That hour will cost you near as much as a trip to Tibet, but at least these sort of massages are available around LA. Too bad these versions of ecstasy are off the table --

Recession Rule #357: Don’t Get Massages. Seriously. Don’t!

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