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Almost every week, it appears that a new Asian foot massage business opens up in town. I am amazed how these people can bond together to get a fully-staffed business up and running in no time. There is no shortage or bad economy for them. Every time I see an ad for a grand opening of one of these, I wonder how it is that I missed that link or why more cultures don’t bond likewise to build up one another. I have wondered whether these cultures don’t have the competition, malaise, fear and fraud among them; i.e. the energies which have kept so many other ethnic groups back, mine included. They seem to appreciate that one person might have a dream for a business, but it takes more than that one person to put it all together. I appreciate that too…and I give the Asians a lot of credit for this essential trait.

So I was curious about this “foot massage business” and since I can’t always afford to go get a massage myself, it seemed an economical option. After all, the Asian community is at the forefront of reflexology and Eastern therapeutic treatments, so there is much benefit in receiving sessions from them; even if it is just a “learning experience”. It is necessary to indulge here, that many of these businesses have a history or appear to have a connection with the porn industry gfe Asian Massage ny. There are all kinds of stories of police busts among other sting operations across the State/Country. Some are not “shy” about promoting their services and their ads may be found in local cheap and/or free magazines and news papers. I actually know people, men and women (but especially men) who have patronized and got their “happy tugs”. This indulgence is a pro or a con depending on who you are and what you seek in a massage. As a therapist, one has to make the decision whether or not they want their profession to align with this for the sake of money, and/or whether to dignify their skill set and keep their profession honorable.

Every few weeks I notice coupons in one of those coupon magazines that come with your junk mail, advertising 60-minute foot massages for $19.99. I thought, wow…that’s cheap… I wonder what they do in the 60 minutes…. The ad indicated that they added in shoulder/back, head, and hand massage with the foot reflexology, and that there was the option to get a full-body massage for $35.00 using special herbal oils. So I called and told them I wanted to check them out but didn’t make an appointment. I drove by shortly thereafter and peeked through the glass doors. It was so dark I could only see my own reflection. I opened the door and looked around but maybe it was too bright outside for my eyes to adjust quickly to the darkness inside. After a few moments a man came up to ask whether he could help me. I glanced around, said no thanks and left. All those images of the “happy looking” men leaving that place next door to the spa I used to work for in Studio City came flooding through my mind and I felt dirty for having gone in…but I would eventually conquer this feeling so as to form my own opinions. What were the pros and cons of patronizing a place like this.

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