I fear I am going to seem a little serious about a light-hearted chat. I was a massage therapist for more than two decades, just this July I decided not to renew my license. I have managed schools for therapists, taught and had a private practice.
I contracted a few times for other businesses and accepted tips then. In my own practice, I charged a fair price and I refused tips. I suggested they save that money to return more often. This meant I didn’t have to track tips for income and I assured I was paid enough my scheduling my fees to cover all my costs instead of hoping for tips.
I do feel better when I know staff is making a living wage. I have asked what rate of pay the therapist gets — per hour wage or percentage of the total cost of my treatment. This helps me determine a tip. If they make $12 an hour and the fee is $70 an hour, then there is a lot of overhead. Frankly, I am more likely to find a therapist I like and book them outside of that gig, if they have a side practice, so they can make more of the whole fee. This is one reason I prefer patronizing those in private practice, if possible.