I was really excited to check this place out after reading the reviews here, but was disappointed with my experience
The place has a VERY strong smell of incense - it burned my nostrils. I could hear the people in the front lobby talking the whole time, and could even hear some street noise. The only music was being played from boombox at my feet.
The masseuse's touch was very weak and inconsistent. He didn't give any extra attention to my lower back as requested (they ask ahead of time) and almost seemed afraid to touch my feet (my other requested area of attention.) I have very nice feet, too! Very clean and pretty with pedicured toenails. It must have been a personal problem of his. The massage also started 10 minutes late but they didn't make up the time.
Honestly, I have had better massages at mall kiosks. To top off the experience, they have a sign at the front desk recommending a $15 tip on a $45 service! I don't think it's EVER appropriate to suggest a 35% tip. In my opinion, this was in very poor taste.
Just Great!. I gave my wife gift certificates to this salon because it was within walking distance of our home and at the price seemed like something she could get used to doing quite often. Boy was I ever right! I had previously paid for the full "foo-foo" treament at a five star Beverly Hills spa for our anniversary one year and my wife enjoyed it. However, she LOVES the relaxed atmosphere, convenience, and general warm and attentive service she gets at the Massage Garage. The massage is comparable to other places she has been and at the cost it is affordable enough for her to indulge often... especially when I just wanna lay around and watch the ballgame. Thank you massage garage!
Offended. I went to the massage garage twice. The first time was great and I had a wonderful massage at an even better price. The second time I went, I got a horrible masseuse. He made offensive remarks about my body and kept joking about it the entire time. I believe that this was an isolated incident and in no way reflects the position of the management, but I'd be careful as to who I allowed to give me my massage. I haven't been back.
My affordable escape!. I have been going to MG since it opened. I absolutely love it, it's my affordable escape. I have spent hundreds of dollars on massages elsewhere and the only difference is the "fou fou" stuff, this place has no robes sauna ect. This place is clean, has a cute theme, "garage" and the therapists for the most part are excellent. In three years of going to this place I have only had one bad massage. My only complaint about this place is now that they are so popular, it takes a few days to a week to get in. I used to be able to get in same day, no more. They give a very decent facial as well for a very affordable price! My therapists have always been on time so I have not had the issue the other reviewer mentioned.
Good for a pit stop. I have gone to Massage Garage since it first opened. Most of the massage therapists are pretty good. Just make sure you tell them what you want (pressure-wise, etc.). More times than not they have not been on time and they do not make up for the time at the end of the session unless you point it out to them. The atmosphere is nice and has a cute theme (a garage). However, the front rooms are not recommended as you can hear the people in the lobby speaking. They were so much better in the beginning than they are now...maybe being busier, they feel they don't have to have such a high standard. Still, it is a good value. P.S. bring your own music!
High Quality, Low Price.
I found the Massage Garage about six months ago and have been back several times. The therapists are excellent, and do a great job of adjusting pressure as needed. I can't recommend this place highly enough--and the price can't be beaten!
There are meters out front on Bagley and 2 hours of free parking in the structure on Cardiff, one block away.
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