Massages in Midtown?

What might be the “massage” sold in these shady looking places around San Francisco?

Are we talking a real massage, one where I will feel relaxed and rested? Or are we talking “deep release” or “happy finish” massages?

If the latter, I’m surprised that there are so many and so open. Might they be legal here? “Deep release” massages that is.

If so, have you had one? Care to share?

The whirlpool and sauna sounds good, but I’d rather not have to share it – be it girl or guy – with anyone I have to pay for pleasure.

We all have our standards.

10 Comments so far

  1. anna (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

    Ah, Wayan, so many questions! Green Door is one of my favorite seedy massage parlors. To look at, not to attend. More importantly, it’s a very recognizable one which makes it easy for giving directions to a great bar- The Tunnel Top- and other locations, such as a great parking garage- the Sutter & Stockton one (yes, why would you need help with directions to a garage with the intersection in its name…)

    There’s a big expose going on in the Chron ( and even legislation is proposed about massage parlor crackdowns. I don’t know of anyone personally who has been to these, so I can’t answer the majority of your questions.

    As to a standard about paying for pleasure- is it a standard, or are you just cheap?

  2. Adam (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

    Rob Cockerham used this as the site for one of his pranks.

  3. wayan (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

    So they reall are that kinda massage? Huh. And so open. San Francisco is a different city, that’s for sure – in a good way mind you.

    And Anna – a standard is a standard, regardless of price.

  4. anna (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 8:45 pm

    Oh, come on. You “pay for pleasure” all the time. A good manicure, a nice chair massage in the airport, getting your bottle uncorked at a nice restaurant… it’s a spectrum of body work.

  5. Nancy (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

    “getting your bottle uncorked” ??!?!??! Let’s at LEAST try to leave the gauzy veil of subtlety in place, shall we? [wink]

  6. anna (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    It just popped into my mind.

  7. Maggie (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 6:34 am

    Interesting how the photo looks like it was taken from INSIDE the Green Door.

  8. Mik (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 9:11 am

    Oh Wayan, such a traitor are you. What, not enough seedy places here in D.C. for you? Come back, we need to meet more of your super models, that blonde was quite engaging.

  9. SlideSF (unregistered) on November 15th, 2006 @ 11:32 am

    First of all, San Francisco does not have a “Midtown”. Perhaps you are thinking of New York, a city in another part of the country. The area around north of Union Square but south of Chinatown is commonly referred to as “downtown”.
    As for the Green Door Massage parlor, it has been in that location at least since the late 1970’s. It got its name, presumably, from a movie (pornographic) popular at the time: “Behind the Green Door” starring another San Francisco institution, Marilyn Chambers. Generations of native San Franciscans, transplants, and tourists have walked by that sign and have survived, none the worse for wear. If it offends you, look the other way. I assure you, the soil won’t rub off on you.

  10. Bill Logan (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    The photo looks as if it was taken from on top of the Stockton Street Tunnel.

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