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On a fairly frequent basis, I am asked by someone if they should tip their massage therapist. In my opinion, tipping any service provider is a personal choice that you make based on the service provided. If you’re not sure, though, here a few of my guidelines for tipping your massage therapist:
Most massage therapists don?t expect a tip
While tips will never be turned down, most massage therapists do not go into a session expecting a tip for their services. You will not make-or-break our income by not tipping, unlike a waiter or waitress who relies on tipping to make a living.
Tip if you liked the service
Did your massage therapist do an outstanding job during your session? Then a tip is a great way to say thank you for a job well done. Anywhere from 10-20% is a good?place to start!
Tipping is a compliment to your massage therapist
Again, getting a tip (especially when you have no expectation of receiving one) is a huge compliment to a massage therapist! It means you truly enjoyed the session and the work I did. If you feel like giving a massage therapist a compliment, then a tip will surely do it. Online reviews will also do the trick!
Don?t feel pressured into it
If you didn?t budget for a tip or simply didn?t have a good experience during the session, do not feel obligated to leave one! If the experience wasn?t enjoyable, a better tip would be to let your therapist know how it went. This may make you feel uncomfortable, but keep in mind that the only way a massage therapist will know how to improve is with feedback! Want to make your massage even better? Check out my 10 Ways for Getting the Best Massage of Your Life.
The bottom line: tipping is?appreciated but not required
Some people may make the argument it is not necessary to tip a service provider who is also the business owner (like myself). The logic behind not tipping a service provider is that business owners get to keep all of the money they make from providing a service. While this is true, the owner is responsible for a lot of expenses: rent, marketing, equipment, supplies, etc. Tipping can be that little extra something that helps out immensely. Plus, it’s just a nice surprise!
Ultimately, my function as a massage therapist is not to ?work for tips?. Rather, I want you to have the best, most relaxing and therapeutic session possible so you can meet your personal wellness goals. As a therapist, I do not expect a tip and greatly appreciate any that I do receive. I see tipping as a great compliment to the work that I?ve done?but you scheduling?another session is all I need to know that I?m doing a good job. ?