Do you give massage therapist a tip?

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   Posted 1/10/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I found several therapists close to where I live using info that Sherrine gave.  I feel silly not knowing if you should tip them or not.  When I went to a therapist at a chiropractor's office I was told you don't tip in that situation.  What about when you go to a massage therapy place?  Thanks.
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   Posted 1/10/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope!  They get plenty for what they do plus the good ones are professional.  It would be like tipping your doctor!  LOL
My MT and I are now good friends so she schedules me late in the morning and we each take turns providing lunch.  She has her office in a home she bought.  There are two other therapists in there.  But, Victoria and I get to enjoy lunch together and talk. 
When I first started going to her, we would talk while she was giving the massage and we got to know each other quite well.  Then I would bring in a baked goody that she could enjoy with tea on her lunch break.  Pretty soon I was joining her for tea and pastry.  Now we have worked up to the lunches!  LOL  But, that's just us.  I'm the only customer she does this with but it's so much fun and I really look forward to the massages and chat.
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   Posted 1/10/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to live in VA Beach where there were many massage schools and I would go there for a massagae that were given by students.  They only charged $15.00 so I always tipped them.
If I went to a place like Sherrine does and it cost me $70...nope!  I have two close friends that are massage therapists...they do get tipped.  One works from her home, the other works with two other therapists and a rolfer.
I have a friend that tips her carpet cleaning guy...I have always wondered about that too.  Guess it's hard to know when it's appropriate...and good question!
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   Posted 1/10/2010 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Does your friend charge much. I've always wanted to try one to see if it would help. I've been
to a Reiki healer that is VERY expensive but it does a lot for the pain.

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   Posted 1/10/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
NM...unless you wanted to travel to VA Beach...I can't really help you!  Sorry. lives there and the other one is in Chittenango.  I don't know how much she charges, as she gives me one when I need it, for nothing.  She is also an nurse practioner and some of her clients are accident victims and she gets  paid by the insurance company.  We have a couple of therapists here in Fulton but they are in salons.  I have never tried them or don't know how much they cost.  My guess is the average massage is between 60-80 dollars an hour.  OWIE!
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