FAQ, Massage, Shiatsu

Tipping and Massage

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Clients often wonder: Do I tip my Massage Therapist and if so how much?

Here’s the clear answer:

If the Massage Therapist works at a Spa, especially a Massage Envy type place then you absolutely must tip them!!!!  Their wages are lower. If it is a Groupon then you must tip them well!!!!

Here’s the less clear answer:

If you are seeing an independent practitioner like myself it can vary.  We can set our own rates and have more control over our overhead. I have some colleagues that set their prices about 15 percent higher than mine, but don’t accept tips at all.

I would say 70 percent of my clients tip me and they tip between 15 and 20 percent.  My clients that tip me usually have the financial means to do so and come in about once a month.

For the clients that don’t tip, the appointment with me is already a financial stretch and the tip would be cost prohibitive. Some clients also don’t tip because they take the view that I am a private business owner and I can set my own rates.

I don’t want to turn anyone away because they can’t tip and it is really important that you come in as often as you like.

I have colleagues that don’t accept tips, but charge a higher hourly rate.  I prefer to keep my rate lower.  As I said, those that can usually do and those that can’t don’t.  I want to leave that up to the client to decide.   It’s like a self-selecting sliding scale. Whether you tip me or not I am grateful for your patronage and will give you a great Massage or Shiatsu.

 

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