A client recently asked:
To Tip or Not to Tip?
Q. Being fairly new to massage, I’m always unsure about whether to tip or not? Is there some sort of tipping “rule” like in dining, or is tipping my massage therapist like tipping my doctor?
A. It’s very much an individual decision.You should always be getting a good massage for the fee. A tip is a thank you. But it shouldn’t be a required part of service.
If there is any sort of protocol around tipping therapists, it’s found in spas and salons. These therapists usually have no control over what you are being charged and also don’t reap your full payment. Typically therapists are underpaid in a lot of the salons and spas, and those tips make their day. Some things to consider, is the massage affordable? Are you often given a discount?
Some interesting stats:
- Therapists who practice in spas/salons receive tips from 90% of their clients.
- Therapists who practice in a massage-only clinic receive tips from 80% of their clients.
- Therapists who work in medical offices report receiving tips from 10% of their clients.
When it comes to tipping, go with your instinct. If you want to give someone a tip, do so. But don’t feel obligated. If you feel moved and want to give a little extra, spread the joy!
Also, there are ways to show appreciation other than tipping. Referring your therapist to others is a huge way of saying thank you, and a simple note is often a memorable sign of gratitude.
If you are unsure, ask your massage therapist. I am sure they will appreciate your asking.