I’ve had a few clients ask me about tipping recently (whether they should tip, how much, etc.) and I found this great article from Deepreliefmassagetherapy.com from another fellow therapist. I believe she has explained it beautifully and simply. I would love to get your feedback on this article whether this was helpful to you or not. Also, she is so very right when she says that reviews and referrals are truly the BEST tips you can ever give us! Thank you! And please go visit her site: www.deepreliefmassagetherapy.com
“People are often unsure about this whole tipping etiquette thing. And there are a lot of opinions among clients and massage therapists. There aren’t any real clear cut answers for this very common question. I am going to do my best to help clear up any confusion.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is where are you getting your massage? And is your massage therapist working for someone or is a renter? Why does this matter? Well if you are getting a massage in a spa setting most of the time the massage therapist is an employee and is making 40 – 50 % of the service, plus a commission if product is sold. In that type of setting it is very common to tip about 20% of the service. And in the more high end spa’s your tip is already added into the bill. But to be very clear you should pay what you feel comfortable paying for a tip. If your service wasn’t a good experience then you shouldn’t tip and make sure you bring up your concerns to the manager.
In a more medical setting such as a chiropractic office, the massage is seen as a medical service and in those types of cases tips are generally not given. When people get a massage for a chronic medical condition they tend to see their therapist often. Not all medical office are strict about the no tipping policy, if you feel you have had great results from your therapist and want to give a tip, just ask what is the tipping etiquette policy. If you can’t give a tip referrals are always a great gift too.
Then we have the massage therapist/business owner. Most massage therapists who are business owners generally charge enough for their services so clients don’t need to worry about a tip. A monetary tip is appreciated, but never required. We just love it when a client rebooks and sends their friends in for a massage. That’s the best tip of all. A nice candle or homemade goodies always make my day. I have lots of wonderful treasures that clients have given me over the years and I enjoying looking at them every day.
I hope that clears up some tipping etiquette confusion. At the end of the day the best tip is always a referral or a glowing review on a site such as Yelp. Constant business is what helps keep your favourite massage therapist in business.”
We just drew our winner from the folks who put their names in the jar from the farmers market AND……
Congrats to TES!
She has won a FREE 30 minute massage with complimentary aromatherapy. Feel free to send her congrats and well wishes here and they will be passed along.
Please continue to visit us at Truly Living Well Urban Agriculture every Friday 2-7pm. The address is listed below and it is not to be missed! Soon we will even have my very favorite yogi Angela (see her info on the Wellness Partners page!) teaching yoga in the garden. How great is that? Plus, you never know when I will have surprises to give away so be sure to stop by!
July is going to be a very special month at Beth Cruz, LMT. This month, I would like to express gratitude to those who have worked very hard to ensure that we all have the opportunity to speak and live freely. From service men and women, to civil rights activists, social workers, counselors, humanitarians, etc. we all owe their hard work and passion a huge “thank you”.
During the month of July, 25% of all services purchased with me will go directly to RAINN. RAINN is an organization which aims to “prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure[s] that rapists are brought to justice.” In my line of work sexual slavery and abuse is a real and urgent issue. It is something I would like to bring your to attention and educate you so we can give back in a real and tangible way.
As a way of expressing my gratitude to a very special organization that has grown dear to my heart, I would like to set aside a call to you this month.
Please tell EVERYONE you know about this special during the month of July! I would love to be able to give back as much as possible and tell others about this great organization. You can learn more about RAINN, their programming, education and how they use their funding atwww.rainn.org.
If you would like to learn more about human trafficking’s impact on the profession of therapeutic massage and our society, please see “Hiding In Plain Sight” by Heather McCutcheon.