To Tip or not to Tip - what exactly do I get from this anyway?

November 14, 2016

 What you get from a $75 Massage?


For most people, money is the biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. There, I said it. We don’t like to talk about money, it’s supposed to be a private issue. But I’m addressing it head on. Regular massage is a considerable budget item, and it’s important to acknowledge that.


I know this because I walk the walk and get regular massage.

I am super tight with finances, so if I don’t plan for it, massage doesn’t happen.


But if I expect you to juggle the numbers and budget $75 for a massage every week, month, or quarter, it’s my job to tell you what you’re buying. So here it is, what you get from a 1 hour, $75 massage with me.


Clarity in Pricing


What I charge is clearly listed here


While I certainly appreciate and accept gratuities for rendered services like the next guy I’d really like to see you make massage a routine commitment to yourself. Consider this: does adding in a tip prevent you from making it in the next time?  If so, that wouldn’t make either of us feel right so no pressure for sure. I’d rather see you come back!


Oh, heads up - I usually suggest booking a 90 minute time block for 1st time appointments where we may need to take some time to review your intake form and health history. Which you can complete ahead of time online securely saved and HIPPA protected which saves us both time and any concern. No paper to be misplaced!


A Full Hour


1 hour = 60 minutes. The clock doesn’t start until I walk in the room and actually begin the massage.


That’s not the case for every business. Massage Envy’s hour is 50 minutes. Elements gives you 55 minutes.


Even some full service spas operate on a 50-minute hour. But in my office, 30, 60, and 90 minute treatments last exactly as long as indicated. (Unless you’re late or we start late - let's keep casual talk for table time, then I may have to adjust accordingly.)


Ease of Scheduling


Scheduling tends to be the second biggest obstacle to getting regular massage. We never think of scheduling massage at a time that is actually convenient to call.


You can schedule with me online right here. <link> 


If you prefer, you can also call me at 508.451.2758 to schedule an appointment. If you need to leave a voice mail please give me your available/preferred times so I have some idea of what you’re looking for and can do my best to be flexible and we don't have too much time spent returning calls. 





You get my full attention. For 1 hour, you are my focus. You are the reason we’re in the room. Need silence? We can do that. Prefer your own CD or audio download? Bring it!


Want me to spend the full hour on your feet? Sure. Warm pillow? Cool pillow? Not a problem.


You get your own full attention. No phone. No demands. Just you.


And all topped off with a warm table (if you like heat) and finished off with warm moist towel and muscle reliever for added effect. Prefer aromatherapy? - I have an arsenal of therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living ready for almost any situation.


On your way out you'll be offered a water bottle and mint/candy.  You just might feel like it's your birthday!



I've been practicing massage since 2002 and have had hundreds of hours of continuing education. They were all just prep for your massage.


Does your job, an injury or simply overdoing it with physical activity have your body begging for relief?  I can help with that.  Do you feel drained or just need to escape the whirlwind of a crazy busy week?   I’ve got an oasis to share.  Relaxation is my favorite thing to practice, and the way I begin most sessions in order to help you get to that state.  I firmly believe this approach gives your body a chance to let go and recover in areas of need.


Perhaps you’ve been confronted with a cancer diagnosis and are struggling with anxiety, pain, lack of sleep, depression or nausea.  Massage provided by a therapist like myself with specialized training in oncology work including lymphedema management - it may be just what the doctor ordered (or just didn’t think to mention).  My training has taught me how to safely massage clients with cancer or cancer histories. I am honored to be a part of your support team and to help you find peace in the process.


Clinical prudence


I won’t practice any techniques that are unsafe for you and your health condition.


When your body presents limited ROM (range of motion) or resistance in other ways I will listen, heed caution and treat it with respect working slowly to encourage the tissue and not force anything.


I will be sure to work within the conservative guidelines I have been taught for your cancer diagnosis and ask the questions necessary to design the appropriate session for your needs that day.


Proper licensing


There are plenty of massage therapists offering discounted massage, operating under the radar.


Click here to verify licence in MA  

Click here to verify license in NH


If a therapist is operating without all the proper licenses, their insurance will be voided in the event of claim. That alone is scary enough.





My insurance membership is through Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).

I hold certified member ID # 711297. 





A massage with me also gets you connections with a myriad of practitioners I know. If massage isn’t helping your tendonitis/backache/anxiety, I will help you find the right acupuncturist, PT, chiropractor, energy worker or counselor for you.


Only high-quality massage oil (or cream, or lotion) is used.


I only use the best products on your skin. In most sessions I use Bon Vital’ Original Massage Oil with natural vitamin E which contains no nut oils, is unscented & paraben free.  For those who are not opposed to essential oils, I like to add a therapeutic grade Lavender oil (from Young Living) for its relaxation properties alone. And if you’re open to even more benefit from essential oils, I can share with you my knowledge and supplement your session with essential oils specific for your personal needs.



You get to support a small local business


It’s just me! No conglomerate. No fancy management structure or corporate set up. Just a little business owner, paying her taxes, making a living, and participating in the same communities she serves. There are fewer and fewer businesses that can stay afloat in an era of big box stores and Amazon. When you pay $75 for a massage, you can be certain that money is staying in the local economy.


So yes, you get all that from a $75 massage.  Any  questions or reservations, please feel free to reach out to me as always. I’m here to help educate, support and care.



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