Massage tips are determined by the types of massage the therapist provides, the location of the service, and the experience level of the therapist, but Add-on services and resale products also affect bottom line revenue.
Rates are typically $1 -$1.50 per minute, averaging $65-$85 per hour, depending on where massage is provided. Spas, salons, fitness centers, and massage in the client's home is usually more expensive than massage in a therapist's home office.
Many services can even be higher if it is an advanced type of bodywork therapy, which has required specialized training by the therapist and/or clinic you are visiting.
You can also expect to pay higher rates for massage therapy (as well as tips) in larger cities, in a popular vacation destination, in a resort spa, on a cruise ship, and on remote island destinations.
Tips are often optional, especially private
practice, however, they are a great way to help a therapist know that
they helped you relax or helped your pain level to lessen.
But, how much should you tip and does it matter what amount you leave?
Like many service professions, tipping is used to thank the therapist for providing a great service. Around 15% tip is given when you receive good service and 20% or more is given when the service is great, and you feel really relaxed and comfortable.
Tipping etiquette in massage therapy is slightly higher than etiquette for servers in restaurants and hairdressers, as the profession falls under "healthcare provider", rather that "service provider".
Some things to consider:
For more information on how to tip a massage therapist, you can read this article: http://balancepointmassage.com/massage/tipping.html
You can also leave massage tips based on the whole experience...atmosphere, therapist's personality, comfort, technique, and whether it made you feel truly relaxed!