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Massage Therapy Tipping

Saw the post on tipping but this brings up a separate issue about massage therapists (RMT). It seems they expect tips but it is really a medical service. It seems that many of the POS payment machines are set up like restaurants asking how much do you want to tip?

If the service is covered by insurance, does the insurance cover the tip or am I expected to pay that out-of-pocket? If I have a business lunch, I can claim the tip on an expense report but is it the same principle with massage therapy?

Why do RMTs think that they are eligible for a tip for a medical service? The service is not cheap so there is no argument for subsidizing a low wage.
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starchoice wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 1:29 pm
Saw the post on tipping but this brings up a separate issue about massage therapists (RMT). It seems they expect tips but it is really a medical service. It seems that many of the POS payment machines are set up like restaurants asking how much do you want to tip?

If the service is covered by insurance, does the insurance cover the tip or am I expected to pay that out-of-pocket? If I have a business lunch, I can claim the tip on an expense report but is it the same principle with massage therapy?

Why do RMTs think that they are eligible for a tip for a medical service? The service is not cheap so there is no argument for subsidizing a low wage.
Tipping RMT eh...
Last time it felt like i got an elbow drop to the shoulder. She said it was deep tissue massage. So i thought it was ok. Let the professional do her thing.

Now youre making me doubt myself... lol
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just give a $20 tip and move on with it, they make good money as it is but a tip is not going to break the bank
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starchoice wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 1:29 pm
Saw the post on tipping but this brings up a separate issue about massage therapists (RMT). It seems they expect tips but it is really a medical service. It seems that many of the POS payment machines are set up like restaurants asking how much do you want to tip?

If the service is covered by insurance, does the insurance cover the tip or am I expected to pay that out-of-pocket? If I have a business lunch, I can claim the tip on an expense report but is it the same principle with massage therapy?

Why do RMTs think that they are eligible for a tip for a medical service? The service is not cheap so there is no argument for subsidizing a low wage.
Where do they expect tips for RMT?

If it's a "relaxing" spa type massage then I tip. When I've gone for RMT deep tissue massage, etc. that's either $80-100 out of pocket per session...or should be eligible for coverage under insurance. RMTs are professionals governed by colleges, too...does not make sense for tipping to be expected? I have never tipped an RMT except the one time I signed up at a hotel.
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Jan 6th, 2019 2:12 pm
Last time it felt like i got an elbow drop to the shoulder. She said it was deep tissue massage. So i thought it was ok. Let the professional do her thing.

Now youre making me doubt myself... lol
Ehh...it should feel good. If it hurts or is rough, you can ask them to reduce the pressure...but it could be just an odd RMT that isn't that great.
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peanutz wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 2:42 pm
Where do they expect tips for RMT?

If it's a "relaxing" spa type massage then I tip. When I've gone for RMT deep tissue massage, etc. that's either $80-100 out of pocket per session...or should be eligible for coverage under insurance. RMTs are professionals governed by colleges, too...does not make sense for tipping to be expected? I have never tipped an RMT except the one time I signed up at a hotel.

Ehh...it should feel good. If it hurts or is rough, you can ask them to reduce the pressure...but it could be just an odd RMT that isn't that great.
A deep tissue massage will never feel good. It will always hurt. If it doesn't, it's not a deep tissue massage. Even regular massages, if there's not some moments where I'm ready to tap out due to the pressure, I feel ripped off. I want to feel better after the message, not fall asleep during it.
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I've never heard of an RMT expecting a tip. Actually, I've never heard of any para medical practitioner expecting a tip. I don't tip my RMT, my physiotherapist, my podiatrist, my optometrist, etc. just like I don't tip my doctor or dentist.
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Shaner wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 5:09 pm
A deep tissue massage will never feel good. It will always hurt. If it doesn't, it's not a deep tissue massage. Even regular massages, if there's not some moments where I'm ready to tap out due to the pressure, I feel ripped off. I want to feel better after the message, not fall asleep during it.
Do you feel "better" after the massage or somewhat bruised? I've found deep tissue like...why am I paying for someone to do this to me? LOL. Suppose it's a great job for masochists who enjoy giving out pain.
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RMTs in BC are not allowed to accept tips. It's a medical profession.
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gr8dlr wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 5:39 pm
Do you feel "better" after the massage or somewhat bruised? I've found deep tissue like...why am I paying for someone to do this to me? LOL. Suppose it's a great job for masochists who enjoy giving out pain.
The next 2 days, I'm sore. It's about long term, not short term. If you have lots of knots that you can't seem to get rid of, then a deep tissue massage can help get rid of them. You will be sore for 1-2 days, but after that you'll feel better and the knots will be gone.
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Shaner wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 5:09 pm
A deep tissue massage will never feel good. It will always hurt. If it doesn't, it's not a deep tissue massage. Even regular massages, if there's not some moments where I'm ready to tap out due to the pressure, I feel ripped off. I want to feel better after the message, not fall asleep during it.
lol, maybe the girls went easy on me. During the massage when they're pressing on the sore spots, it'll "hurt" in a good way...but afterwards I'll feel refreshed and better.

However, I did have one RMT that missed. It's hard to explain. She made it hurt but not in a way that relieved tension. I didn't have the heart to tell her though, so I just ended up not going back to that clinic.
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My RMT bills my insurance $400 for a 1 hr session. Sorry, you aint getting a tip LOL.

But the middlemen do take a cut but still, that aint the same as those $30/hr massage places.
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gr8dlr wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 5:39 pm
Do you feel "better" after the massage or somewhat bruised? I've found deep tissue like...why am I paying for someone to do this to me? LOL. Suppose it's a great job for masochists who enjoy giving out pain.
I don't think you go for that kind of thing unless you are in pain to begin with. Messed up my shoulder from improper exercise so I took it easy for a couple of weeks, I guess it didn't heal right because as soon as I started using it again at work it started hurting and then became inflamed when I tried to massage it myself. It was bad enough that I stopped moving it completely and got to a physio place asap; it was my first time and internally I was questioning if the guy really knew what he was doing because the massage hurt worse than the injury. I thought it would just cause more inflammation, but to my surprise it didn't and within hours my range of motion drastically improved and the pain greatly subsided. I was supposed to go back for another treatment a week later but by then I was pretty much good as new.

Next time I'll go straight to the specialists instead of waiting for weeks hoping that I heal properly on my own.

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