The age old question that comes to mind why should a person tip? How much is enough tip, so I don’t look like a tight wad? How much is over tipping? These are all good questions that I will attempt to answer in this blog.
I will only be speaking from a massage therapist position but the ideas can be applied to any service field.
Why tip a person in the service fields? This is a very good question. We do get paid, but usually on a commission basis or lower than normal salary level. Those of us that work for ourselves have to depend on clients coming to us. This means we can often have very slow weeks or months with little or no pay. Tips help keep us in business. Also, tips were developed to let the person doing your service know they have either done a terrible job or an excellent job. This being said in my line of work as a massage therapist that is self-employed, I attempt to keep my prices in the middle. This means some people can just barely afford to come get the service they need while others it is no problem at all. I went into my business not expecting tips from any of my clients. However, each client that tips me it is appreciated greatly. For those that can’t afford it and tell me, they wish they could tip but just can’t it is an emotional tip.
Those of us that work for ourselves have a lot of overhead each year that includes: advertising, lotion, candles, bottled water, sheets, towels, educational classes, license fees, equipment, taxes, etc. Tips are the icing on our jobs that make it so we can do extra things other than just getting by.
I feel strongly that clients should tip according to how they felt about their experience, did they learn something about their muscles and if the massage truly makes them feel better. If the answer to any of those things is yes then the massage therapist has earned a tip. I truly dislike it when a client ask me what a standard amount of tip is. There is no standard amount and no percentage in the massage world unlike a wait staff that I feel should get a 20% + tip depending on the level of friendliness and service.
In conclusion, a tip is for a service well done and beyond the call of the job guidelines. Did you get more than expected, did you learn something, was the therapist happy and was the area clean and inviting? If so surprise your massage therapist with a nice tip after you have received an awesome massage you will not regret it and I promise they will remember you. Tips do not guarantee a great massage but they can guarantee a reap great massage.
To get a massage or not is an all time question on many minds both male and female. Other questions that go with this are as follows: What will people think? Will my partner get mad or be insulted? Do I choose a male or female therapist? Is it safer at a salon, private home or outcall? Will I be put in a compromising situation? Will the law be involved? What type of massage do I need? So many questions fly through a clients head before even beginning to look for a massage therapist. All of these questions are valid and should be addressed before booking a massage. This blog will attempt to lead you to find the right massage therapist for you.
What will people think? In reality, a large portion of the population has had a massage at one time or another. It may not involve their clothes coming off, but you have been massaged either while getting your haircut, manicure, pedicure or facial. Often people will stop in the mall to get a shoulder and back massage in the center of the mall or sit in a massage chair that takes quarters. These are all forms of massage. A full therapeutic massage is very scary for many since they must remove clothes and be touched by a stranger in a dim room. Massage is for relief from pain or stress. That being said no one should judge people for trying to be healthy.
Next, “Will my partner be mad or insulted?” and “Do I choose a male or female therapist?” go hand in hand. I feel that open communication is key in this issue. If your partner is not a trained massage therapist they should not be working on your muscle issues. They can injure you to the point of needing surgery. This is not good and not deliberate on their part just a lack of training. I find that most males prefer a female therapist due to feeling their sexuality called into question. This should not be the case since massage is not about sex at all! Most females prefer female therapist also due to fear of being raped or molested. These are all valid reason and why you should check your therapist out before you book. You should feel 100% comfortable with them not matter if they are male or female.
Getting a massage at a salon, home office or at your place is really based on how you feel when talking with the therapist. Salons can be unnerving for males with all the women, scents and waiting area. While women thrive in this setting. Men often prefer a home office since they usually go straight in for the massage and leave without having to interact with anyone else. All locations can be unsafe for either the client or the therapist. This is why you must always follow your gut feeling on the situation.
In conclusion, don’t miss out on an opportunity to feel amazing, improve your health and state of mind because of rumors you have heard. I welcome the opportunity to have you on my table and show you what an amazing massage can do for you. Book today so you can start changing your life.