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Massage Therapy Tipping

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  • Jan 30th, 2019 12:35 am
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webdoctors wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 9:38 pm
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.
Are you sure its $400.00 for 1 hr session? For that much I want 2 happy endings.
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antigua1999 wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 11:41 pm
Are you sure its $400.00 for 1 hr session? For that much I want 2 happy endings.
I'm sure because the insurance company sends me an EOB (explanation of benefits) showing the breakdown between what I owe, copay, deductible, in-network coverage etc. So if its 80% covered out of network provider, insurance is paying $320 and I owe $80.
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Never tipped for massages but one place actually has a sign that says prices listed do not include tips.

I’m thinking to myself, what???? Lol
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Would not tip for a physio type massage covered by Insurance etc
That I would usually get at a Physio or Sports Clinic

Would tip for a relaxing massage not covered by Insurance...
That I would usually get at a Spa or Resort

In Ontario I believe the training / certification is identical
But I believe this is not true in all jurisdictions
And that Medically Certified Massage Therapists make significantly more salary as their training is far more extensive / professional

Hence the difference between Professional Medical Therapist category
And SERVICE INDUSTRY category
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Tipping is the most antiquated, bass ackwards, illogical and unfair practice that needs to be abolished. I was in Vegas a while ago and people were tipping the bartender at a buffet while not the meat carvers. How does that make any sense?

Besides, why are people being paid extra on top just to do their job? Should we tip teachers for teaching children? Or bookkeepers for crunching our numbers? Where does it stop and where do you draw the line?

I would argue that tipping ALMOST makes sense in the US, where the wage gap is high and the minimum wages tend to be low. ALMOST. Certainly not in countries like Canada.
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webdoctors wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 9:38 pm
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.
I think the going rate in GTA for RMT massage (swedish deep tissue) is like $80-100/hour. Yes, licensed and insurance-reimbursed.
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webdoctors wrote:
Jan 7th, 2019 12:26 am

I'm sure because the insurance company sends me an EOB (explanation of benefits) showing the breakdown between what I owe, copay, deductible, in-network coverage etc. So if its 80% covered out of network provider, insurance is paying $320 and I owe $80.
I pretty much guarantee your EHC isn't paying $320/hour for standard RMT.
konfusion666 wrote:
Jan 7th, 2019 2:27 am
I think the going rate in GTA for RMT massage (swedish deep tissue) is like $80-100/hour. Yes, licensed and insurance-reimbursed.
This. Sunlife pays $90/hour for my coverage, I have 90% coverage, so the rate is $100/hour.

FWIW, i don't tip my RMT other than at Christmas.
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You guys see those videos on YouTube about chiro? The people who get them look so relieved after a session. As a chronic cracker myself I'm wondering if they work or it's all black magic.
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GoodFellaz wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 2:19 pm
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
A 20.00 lol Jesus big spender , remember to tip your plumber lol I never get tips lol
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TomLafinsky wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 5:35 pm
I use Rub-A535 2-4 times per day for a few days in a row and it usually takes care of the problem. But I only need it every 5-10 years. No tipping involved :)
Tip yourself? lol
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webdoctors wrote:
Jan 7th, 2019 12:26 am
I'm sure because the insurance company sends me an EOB (explanation of benefits) showing the breakdown between what I owe, copay, deductible, in-network coverage etc. So if its 80% covered out of network provider, insurance is paying $320 and I owe $80.
Wow
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We just got a massage this weekend, we normally just tip something small. They ever expect it so I just assume the place we go to, people don't tip.

Twas sad, we only had $40 cash on us and had to make it last for lunch, dumplings and tips. Damn cash society in asian places with no banks nearby.
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MilkyWind wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 5:40 pm
RMTs in BC are not allowed to accept tips. It's a medical profession.
My wife and I have been to Scandinave Spa and a few other spas in Vancouver with RMTs, and the RMTs always leave a tip envelope for us.
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Don't usually tip if it's at a clinic. If it's at a spa, then possibly.
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SPA type massage sure, a small tip.

Any medical related massage that requires a doctor's note for insurance claims then of course not. In fact it could be taken the wrong way, and make things awkward for follow up sessions.

If you really want, maybe a gift card or something simple at xmas if your a long time client.

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