What It Costs For A Massage

How much you can expect to spend on a massage varies a great deal, depending on the length (they can vary from 30 to 90 minutes, but one hour is most typical), and the expertise and training the masseuse has undergone. In addition, the technique and setting can make a difference in the cost. Keep in mind that getting a massage done at a massage school is one of the most affordable options, since they typically offer discounted rates so the students can practice their technique, while high-end spas will charge a great deal more. In return, you can expect to work with a more experience masseuse and to be treated to a relaxing ambiance.

In addition to differences in training and setting, it is important to note that different types of massage come at different price points as well, even when offered by the same therapist. Here is a breakdown of some of the more popular massage techniques that are performed, with reasonable estimates of what you might expect to pay for each:

  • Hot/Cold stone massage - $75 to $150 with an average around $85/hour
  • Swedish massage - $60 to $100 with an average around $75/hour
  • Shiatsu/Acupressure massage - $60 to $115 with an average around $75/hour
  • Deep Tissue/Sports massage - $70 $140 with an average around $90/hour
  • Chair massage - (often seen at airports and health fairs) $15 to $25 for 15 minutes
  • Couples massage- (usually include soft music, candlelight and is romantically oriented) $175 and $300 with an average around $250

It is also worth mentioning that a new type of massage location is emerging: the franchise. Franchises will sign up customers in a monthly massage program that encourages return visits with lower prices. The monthly fee is about $50, which usually includes an initial hour long massage with subsequent massages around $40 each for the remainder of the month.

Thanks For The Tip!

One of the main questions clients have with a massage is how much to tip for the service. This can also vary a lot, depending on where you go. As a general rule of thumb, most private practices and health care facilities do not anticipate tipping (and some health care offices strictly forbid tipping) while resorts/spas do expect tips. The amount is up to you, but a 15 to 20 percent tip would be customary, similar to what you’d tip a server at a restaurant or a hair dresser at a salon.

Will My Insurance Cover It?

Finally, some massage techniques may be covered by your insurance provider. If you are seeking a massage for physical or health reasons, or because of a chronic condition or injury, check with your physician or osteopath to see if he or she will refer you to a qualified masseuse and then ask your insurance company if they will cover all, or at least part, of this service.

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