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The Upside of the Downturn: Cheap Stuff

The recession/depression is not all bad. Not only can we look forward to a world with fewer doggie spas and stretch Hummers, expensive stuff is getting cheaper. My favorite Valley bargain, massage at National Holistic Institute, is now so cheap that I feel like I’m getting over when I go. While Spencer’s deal below is even better, a 50-minute massage for $20, NHI’s 2009 rate, still qualifies as super cheap. It feels wrong not to book at that rate. It gets even cheaper if you buy gift cards (6 for $100 or 13 for $200). 

(Twenty photo courtesy of boogaloo.)

Let a Student Knead Your Flesh


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.