I prefer not to go the percentage route with this one. Simply because massages aren't on a fixed rate. You can go to a luxury hotel or spa and pay upwards of $100 or go to a bargain place, such as Hand & Stone or Massage Envy, and pay less than $50. Chances are, you're getting the same massage. The quality of massage depends on the LMT, not their employer. It is unfair to tip them less because they charge you less...if anything, it should be the other way around!
Tipping is a gratuity...a way to thank someone for a job well done...and it should be treated as such. If you are unhappy with the service you were provided, don't tip! If you were overjoyed, show it!
Most LMTs (unless they work for themselves) work on commission. That commission doesn't add up to much when the client is only pay $35 for their massage! We rely fairly heavily on tips, and are very grateful for generous clients!
I have work at low-end (as far as payscale is concerned) places, and, for me, every penny counts!
Based on an hour Swedish massage...I am okay with $10. I am content with $15. I am happy with $20. I am ecstatic with anything more!
How do you feel about tipping for spa services? How much do you think is a fair tip?
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