It’s hard to ignore the enticing $20 per hour massage signs as you drive through Chinatown. But what’s really behind those glowing massage signs and gated doors. Can you really get a good massage for $20 or are you really getting more than you bargained for? Sometimes getting what you paid for can be a really bad thing. Several years ago, Asian massage parlors began popping up throughout the Asian towns in San Diego and other communities at a very fast pace. As soon as a sign went up promoting a massage for $30, just minutes later less than a block away another sign would go up promoting a $25 massage in what would be known as the Asian massage price wars. Now you can get a massage for as little as $10, but do you really know what that $10 buys you. Read on discover the hidden truth that Asian massage parlors don’t want you to know about. HIDDEN TRUTH #1: If they are charging so little, how much can the therapists make? Well first of all, let’s read into the word massage therapist. To become a massage therapist, they have to undergo hundreds of hours of studying and hundreds of hours of hands on technique. They also have to pass a rigorous exam and become licensed. So how do these massage parlors hire massage therapists for so cheap? The answer is they don’t. If you’re charging $10 per massage, it’s impossible to hire licensed massage therapists so they end up hiring regular unlicensed individuals that know the basics of giving a rub-down. And then they primarily make their income directly from their tip. Go ahead and try to tip them a small amount and see what happens. If the therapist knows that they will only make money from the tip, and you tip them a very small amount, the look of disgust that you may get from the therapist could put even the most thick-skinned individual into a very uncomfortable position.