The practice of tipping is generally considered a way to show appreciation for good service in industries where employees receive lower wages and rely on tips as a portion of their income. However, the etiquette and norms surrounding tipping do vary across different professions.
In the case of a registered massage therapy (RMT), tipping is generally not expected or necessary. This is because RMTs typically operate in a healthcare or therapeutic setting, where they provide professional services to improve clients' well-being. RMTs undergo extensive training and certification to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver effective treatments.
Massage therapy is considered a healthcare service, similar to other healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists or chiropractors. When you visit a healthcare provider, such as a doctor or a physiotherapist, you don't typically tip them. Instead, you pay for the service provided, and the fees are typically based on the therapist's expertise, time spent, and the overhead costs associated with running the practice.
If you want to provide a gratuity to your RMT we will always make sure that option is available. The members of our team, from the front desk to RMTs, do not have any expectation around tipping. We're just happy to see our clients!
It's important to note that customs and practices can vary in different regions or countries. In some places, it may be more common to tip massage therapists, even if they are registered professionals. If you are unsure about the local customs, it's always a good idea to ask or inquire about the tipping policies at the specific massage therapy clinic or establishment you visit.