There is always a controversy about tipping in the massage field. Some therapists don’t accept tips at all…many medically-oriented massage therapists who have the attitude that “you don’t tip your doctor, so don’t tip me.” Others may be employed in spas where a tip is automatically added to the bill, or a salon, cruise ship or other environment where it’s expected.
When a client asks, we tell them we would rather have them come back more and reap the benefits of massage if it means not tipping or tipping less.
A tip is something that is given in gratitude for great service. We want the therapists in our office to give great service to everyone, whether they tip or not, and they do. We like the old saying, “Never expected, always appreciated,” and think it should apply to everyone who does accept gratuities.