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How Much Do I Tip at a Massage Parlor?
When should I tip?
Getting a massage is a wonderful experience for many people. They tend to be a treat for most people because it is one of the more expensive indulgences men and women use to treat headaches, stress, and anxiety. So when do you give a massage therapy a tip?
Here are some general guidelines to follow:
If you received a satisfactory massage in a spa and enjoyed the therapist, generally a 15% to 20% tip is acceptable.
When you receive a massage from therapist located in a medical facility (like a hospital or clinic) you usually would not tip a massage therapist at that time. However, this isn't a hard rule. Sometimes tipping is appropriate in this setting.
If you are not sure if you should tip after your massage, it is ok to simply ask, "Is it appropriate to tip you for a job well done?"
What if I use a coupon?
If you use a coupon or other discount for your massage and you receive it in a spa or similar place (meaning it is acceptable to tip). It is best to tip based on what the regular price would have been if you didn't have a discount.
It's important to remember that if you didn't receive a good massage (in your mind) or if you felt uncomfortable during your massage, you don't have to leave a tip. You can also discuss your massage with a supervisor to give appropriate feedback.