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Massage Therapy Tipping

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Jun 25, 2013
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The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario frowns on tipping.
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I went for a physiotherapy for my ankle, covered by OHIP. I got a massage by a licenced RMT.

Long story short, he was an old guy, recently licenced, and on stand-by. Other than some mumble jumbles about unlicenced massages can actually hurt your body, ie. chi, and damaged pressure points, his service was just like any other SPA massages. Oh yeah, he would be offended if he got tip, so I didn't want to hurt his feelings.
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Jan 6th, 2019 2:12 pm
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
Who the hell tips after a medical related procedure.

If I was going to tip a massage therapist then alot more is going to have to be done.
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Supercooled wrote:
Jan 7th, 2019 9:19 am
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.
Many of the youtube chiro videos are done with dramatic flair to raise an emotion in the viewer. Chiropractic is not really that difficult to make sense of. 1. Your nervous system controls everything. 2. Pressure on a nerve changes nerve function. 3. Your body reacts symptomatically to decreased nerve function. 4. Restore nerve function by removing pressure 5. Body responds appropriately. There are always physical limitations of matter (arthritis etc) that affect how well your body responds functionally. People that say there is no science behind it are just trying to make things complicated and have no idea what they are talking about.

Sorry for side tracking the topic OP. Don't tip RMTs. Most I know look at it more like a slight unless it is a small token of appreciation at Christmas. Many would love the warm fuzzy feeling they get when a satisfied client writes them a kind note though.
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Aug 14, 2006
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I guess I have been tipping my RMT for 2 years then. When my benefits run out I start paying CASH. She does a great job 45 minute session is 45 CASH but I always leave a 50$ bill as usually I always have one. She usually does end up spending a few extra minutes on me. The non-cash rate is about 72$ now. The house takes a huge cut, ie rent / tax etc.
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Mar 4, 2008
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In BC, RMT's are not to accept tips unless it is in a spa. It is a medical profession. One would not go to their doctor and tip their doctor, same goes for an RMT treatment.

I am an RMT and I do not accept tips, I politely decline the offer.
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JAC wrote:
Jan 7th, 2019 7:39 pm
Yep.

I don't tip my dentist, I'm not tipping an RMT.
My dentist's winter car is a Cayenne and his summer car is an RS7. My massage therapist drives a Corolla.

In the past my dentist has taken over $1000 for a single visit. It takes 14 visits to my massage therapist for him to take the same amount.

I tip neither because they are both medical professionals but if I did, I'd tip my massage therapist before I'd tip my dentist. I don't tip my physio either.
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dirtmover wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 2:19 pm
My dentist's winter car is a Cayenne and his summer car is an RS7. My massage therapist drives a Corolla.

In the past my dentist has taken over $1000 for a single visit. It takes 14 visits to my massage therapist for him to take the same amount.

I tip neither because they are both medical professionals but if I did, I'd tip my massage therapist before I'd tip my dentist. I don't tip my physio either.
Your comparisons are ridiculous. What one chooses to drive is no indication of wealth or income. Dentists have high overhead for specialized equipment, assistants, etc. Massage therapists just need a table and some oils. This is not to mention also the high initial cost of dental school.
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The RMT i went to had tip starting at 18% i LOL'D. Other: 0% not going back $90 for 45min, really? plus a tip.

Insane. Are we going to start tipping hygienists?
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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
Yes it will.

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