BOTTOMFEEDERS’ GUIDE TO LA: $35 Massages
I spent many lean years as a grad student, what Pierre Bourdieu would call “the dominated fraction of the dominant class.” During those years, I honed my bottom-feeding skills, skills that still come in handy as a nonprofit worker in a for-profit world.
A cheap massage is just the ticket for soothing impoverished mouse-arm and the rest of the aches and pains. I’ve been to National Holistic Institute twice and while it’s no Burke Williams they give a fine massage. You can make an appointment online and the school/massage clinic is located at Ventura and Haskell in Encino (right down the road from the Galleria and the S.O. Arclight). There’s no tipping and you can’t request a particular masseuse, but hey, it’s less money than a tank of gas.