A massage therapy appointment can leave your muscles and your mind feeling relaxed -- and you might want to tip the massage therapist who provided this outstanding service. Before you do, however, it's important to learn a little about the process of tipping after getting a massage. Unlike tipping your waiter or waitress at a restaurant, tipping in the massage context isn't as simple as just checking the bill and leaving a percentage. It's important to get acquainted with the proper etiquette of tipping your massage therapist, including when you should tip and when you shouldn't. Here are three things you need to know.
Check In Advance If There's A Tipping Policy
It's a good practice to ask if there's a tipping policy in place when you book the massage over the phone. By obtaining this information in advance, you'll not only know the best way to proceed in terms of etiquette, but you'll be able to make sure that you have the right amount of cash to tip appropriately. Some businesses will tell you that you shouldn't feel obligated to tip but that it's appreciated if you're pleased with the massage. Others will tell you that tipping isn't allowed but if you're happy with your massage, you can show your thanks by referring people you know.
Tipping At A Spa Or Salon Is OK
In general -- and pending the answer you get when you call to confirm the tipping policy -- it's appropriate to tip after you get a massage in a spa or a salon. It's also generally acceptable to tip when you visit a massage therapist who works out of his or her home. If you're happy with the massage, think about tipping the therapist somewhere in the range of 15 to 20 percent of the cost of the service. There are a number of different criteria that are valuable to consider as you think about which end of the suggested range you wish to tip on. Tip more generously for a therapist who carefully followed your instructions -- if you asked for lighter pressure, for example, the therapist immediately changed his or her touch.
Tipping At A Health Clinic Isn't Standard
If you've received your massage at a clinic that provides various health services, many clinics suggest that because their therapists are health professionals, tipping isn't necessary -- after all, you wouldn't likely tip your doctor or psychologist. However, because every organization has its own policy, it's advisable to check whether tips are permitted -- even if you're getting your massage at a health clinic. Contact a business, such as the Cabana Court Chiropractic massage therapy, for more information.