Common Questions (And Answers)

When booking your massage, you may have the following questions in mind, so here are some other thoughts to consider.

How much do I have to spend for a good massage?

Massage prices vary greatly. Some massage therapy centers offer 60-minute massages for as little as $40, but massages at high-end day spas or hotel spas may be two to three times that amount. If your budget is tight, shop around. Look for special coupons on sites like Groupon, LivingSocial or Scoutmob, in your local newspaper, in coupon books or online. Or, ask your doctor or physical therapist for a referral and indicate that you are on a budget. Consult your insurance policy to see if your massage therapy sessions can be reimbursed because you have arthritis.

Where will my valuables be when I am having my massage?

Most spas and massage therapy centers offer private rooms for your massage, so your wallet, purse or other valuables will be in the room with you during your treatment. Some high-end spas also offer lockers where you can store your belongings safely during massage treatments, or while using other spa amenities like whirlpools or saunas.

How long should my massage last?

Massages range in time duration from mini-massages that may last 5-10 minutes, to full massages that last 30, 60 or 90 minutes. It depends on how much time you have to spend and your budget. Typically, the longer the massage, the more expensive it is. Some spas package massages with other services like facials or water therapies, so examine all the options before making a choice.

Should I tip the therapist?

It is customary, though not obligatory, to tip the therapist after the session. Standard tips range from 15-20 percent, although you can do what is comfortable for your budget. Many spas offer a discreet envelope so you can leave a cash tip for the therapist, or you can add it to your bill when using a credit card at checkout.

How do I know if a spa advertised in the newspaper or online is legitimate?

Use caution when you see “massage spas” advertised in the classified section of the newspaper, or online. Some of these establishments may be seedy and not places that offer legitimate massage therapy. Again, ask your doctor or physical therapist for a referral, speak to other friends, or contact the spa on the phone to find out what type of services they offer and if their therapists are accredited (above).

What if I don’t like oil or lotion on my body?

While many massage therapists use light oil or lotion in order to ease the movement of their hands against your skin, they’re not necessary. Let your therapist know that you prefer not to use lotion, or bring your own unscented lotion if you worry about skin reactions like dermatitis.