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Old 05-11-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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No, it's not. Their intro rate is $39 and it goes up from there. They pressure you to buy a monthly membership for $39 or $59 (I've heard different rates, not sure what it is). They also need you to tip, "suggested" minimum of $10. And you won't get an hour of massage; it's more like 45 minutes. Caveat emptor.

Definitely you can go to a massage school for a cheap student massage, but of course you will get a cheap student massage, not a professional one.
Wow, a whole $4 difference!

The massages I get from the school were twice as good as the one I got at massage envy, and half the cost.

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Anywhere you go the normal massage time is 45 minutes, they allow 7 minutes for dressing and undressing each.

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Old 05-11-2009, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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No, it's not. Their intro rate is $39 and it goes up from there. They pressure you to buy a monthly membership for $39 or $59 (I've heard different rates, not sure what it is). They also need you to tip, "suggested" minimum of $10. And you won't get an hour of massage; it's more like 45 minutes. Caveat emptor.

Definitely you can go to a massage school for a cheap student massage, but of course you will get a cheap student massage, not a professional one.
Yes, Caveat emptor (a commonly known term) is the key -

I know some who have been "satisfied" with Massage Envy - but as you point out - they did not like the up selling they got.

There are several places I go to and the costs have ranged from 100 to 150 for a full hour. No upselling and certainly not a "student" massage either.
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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Alternative to massage is fitness swimming. Join a master's swimming club. Doesn't matter how fast you are. They will teach you proper swim technique so that your entire swim is a massage.

Better to avoid anything that the numbnut authorities can accuse you of doing something carnal.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Tempe
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Becareful of the massage schools I went to the big one near my house in Tempe @ Priest/Southern. Man that place is crowded like a 4 hour wait just to get a massage definitely not worth the wait.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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I guess my experience with Massage Envy is different from some here. I think it's reasonably priced and assume they all work like the one I belong to. You pay $59 a month which entitles you to one massage. If you want additional massages during the month it's only $39 per massage. And the suggested gratuities are in line with what you'd pay any professional person, ie: hair stylist, nail tech, etc. I've used several therapists: one has worked for a chiropractor for many years and has a certain style of massage that's great for people with chronic pain. Another works with a lot of athletes and can be very helpful if you have a strain or sprain, etc.

I don't know how much they're paid, but if they get $15 and hour and $15 tip, that's not too bad. Previously I was paying $85 an hour plus gratuity and the massage wasn't any better than what I get at Massage Envy.

The therapists readily admit they either have clients on the side or have other jobs - mostly to gain benefits. In this economy, the price is right and at least people are working
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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There is a massage business in Tempe known as the Laying of Hands. Ask for Big Bertha and tell her Rocky told you to ask for the house special ... wink, wink.

Just kidding. Many chiropractors have licensed massage therapists who work out of their offices. There is one in Mesa next to Sprouts on Southern and Higley, if I am not mistaken.
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