Tipping is something that is left to the discretion of each client that receives a massage.
Hand and Stone employees strive to provide excellent services, and if you feel that your experience was exceptional you should consider leaving a tip.
If you are unsure of the appropriate gratuity, a good rule of thumb is to tip about 20% of your total charge.
Of course, you are welcome to tip more or less depending on your experience and the level of service you received.
I’m a big fan of Hand and Stone, here is what I’ve learned from visiting their locations over the years.
What Is Hand and Stone?
The company was founded in 2004 and has grown to more than 550 locations across the United States and Canada.
I like what Hand and Stone stand for, they say; “Our philosophy is simple. Consistently deliver the highest quality professional massage and facial services at affordable prices seven days a week.”
I’ve been to a number of Hand and Stone locations and I have to say that their service has been awesome each time.
At the time of publishing, 1-hour massages or facials start at $69.95 and 1-hour hot stone massages start at $89.95, depending on the location.
That’s very reasonable!
Do You Tip at Hand and Stone?
Tipping etiquette is something that people often struggle with when visiting a spa for the first time.
At Hand and Stone, tipping is not necessarily required, but it is always much appreciated by the staff if you feel they have done a great job.
The national average for tipping at spas is 15-20%, but as always, you should tip based on the level of service you receive.
Personally, I like to reward the staff with a tip if they have given me an exceptional experience.
I typically tip a flat 20% or rounded up to the nearest round number.
I have found that the staff at Hand and Stone really appreciate any tip, even if it is small.
So, when in doubt, a tip is always appreciated.
Is It Rude Not to Tip After a Massage?
No, it is not rude to not tip after a massage.
Tipping is completely optional and up to the discretion of each individual client.
If you were dissatisfied with your service or feel that it was below expectations, then you are certainly not obligated to leave a tip.
However, if you did enjoy your massage and felt like you received great service, then a tip is a nice way to show your appreciation.
Tipping is not only a gesture of goodwill, but also can help ensure that the massage therapist receives fair compensation for their work.
Overall, tipping at Hand and Stone or anywhere else is entirely up to you!
In fact, tipping a massage therapist and the tipping culture, in general, isn’t something that is customary worldwide.
It’s a US thing for the most part, so if you’re reading this outside of the US, you might not be expected to tip at all!
Should You Tip a Massage Therapist Uk?
In the UK, tipping is seen as a gesture of appreciation for good service.
However, it is not expected or required, so you are free to make your own decision on whether or not to tip.
If you do decide to leave a gratuity, a tip of 10-15% is usually appropriate and appreciated.
Personally, I’m more inclined to tip a self-employed massage therapist, especially if they’ve traveled with all of their massage kit and tools.
But that’s just me, and the decision is entirely up to you.
As always, it’s best to follow your own instincts when it comes to tipping or not.
At the end of the day, a massage therapist should be offering excellent services and treating their clients with respect – regardless of whether they receive a tip or not!
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I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.