Tipping etiquette in the massage industry is based on factors like comfort in the room, what the therapist discusses to ease your fears, how relaxing the massage was, freshness of the table sheets, and the choice of music.
Tipping based on Client Comfort
Comfort is extremely important in a massage session.
It is not just based on the massage, but on the overall experience, from the time you walk in the door to the time the therapist leaves the room after the massage.
Consider these things:
In addition to tipping etiquette in massage, you may be interested in reading more about massage etiquette, what industry standards are, common social manners in massage, and what to expect in different massage therapy settings.
When you are considering what to leave as a tip, consider these things:
This book, The Body Is Art: A Mentoring Guide for the Business of Massage & Bodywork teaches more about etiquette in the professional massage therapy practice, how to pay, tip, and questions that can be asked/discussed to make the session relaxing and comfortable for both therapist and client.
Tipping etiquette in the massage therapy industry is important to understand, and your massage therapist's overall hourly rate may greatly depend upon the tip you leave, so ask questions and find out what the proper amount is before heading to the session.