How to get a massage at a massage school?
Massage schools often offer massages for a reduced rate compared to an actual spa or clinic. This is due to the need for students to get training and experience. The treatment will likely be overseen by a professional and while it's more of a clinical setting than a spa, it's also not as expensive.
All you really need to do to get a massage from a massage school is contact the school. You can likely request the gender of therapist you prefer, as well.
How much to tip a masseuse?
There are several ways to go about tipping your massage therapist. One of the easiest ways is to use the typical 15 to 20% hospitality rate, which means if the massage costs $100, you tip $15 to $20. You can tip less or more based on the service, as well.
Another option is to develop your own tipping scale. You can take the guesswork out of it simply by assigning a flat amount. If the service is excellent, maybe your amount is $25 and if it's good you tip $20. However, if the service is only acceptable, you could tip just $15. Of course, if you're not satisfied with the massage, you can also ask for another massage.
While there are many different ways to figure out how much to tip, most believe the typical hospitality scale is the right way to go. If you received a discount, make sure you calculate your tip based on the full price, not the discounted price.
Note: If you get a massage at a massage school in the State of Florida, you don’t need to tip. In fact, the State of Florida doesn’t allow massage students to receive tips.
How much do I undress for a massage?
Most massage therapists will tell you to undress to your comfort level. It can be helpful to be in the buff, if you have lower back issues because giving a glute massage will help with these issues.
Some massage therapists will tell you to leave on underwear, but others will tell you that you will be draped the entire time, so just undress to your comfort level.
Do I need to shave my legs before a massage?
It's not necessary to shave your legs before getting a massage. Most of the time, the massage therapist won't even know the difference.
Should I talk or remain quiet during my massage?
Talking is acceptable and it's really up to you, as the customer, to decide whether you want to talk or remain quiet. The massage therapist is trained to take your lead on this and if you ask questions or bring up topics, they will chat with you, but if you remain quiet, they will remain quiet, as well.
It's also okay to chat, at first and zone out after the first 15 or 20 minutes. It's not uncommon for customers to fall asleep or be in a very deep state of relaxation after the massage has started.
What kind of info should I share with my massage therapist?
You should share any information you think will benefit the massage therapist, such as past injuries, health history, where you are sore or tense and even your daily activities. It can be helpful to know if you exercise regularly and what type of exercise you perform. If you travel for work or sit all day that can also be helpful information.
The information you give your massage therapist will help to ensure you have a great experience. They will know how to customize your massage to hit the most necessary areas of your body.
What are the different types of massages?
There are several types of massages you can get including:
- Swedish massage
- Deep Tissue massage
- Sports massage
- Aromatherapy massage
- Hot Stone massage
- Shiatsu massage
- Reflexology massage
- Lymphatic massage
- Thai massage
- Myofascial Release
- Prenatal massage
- And more!
For a complete list and full descriptions of each type of massage, check out our FREE Definitive Guide to Massages.
Do massage schools give free massages?
Massage schools may offer free massages, but this isn't the normal practice. Sometimes, they will offer specials around the holidays or through a coupon offer. However, free massages may be offered on occasion, when students need additional training and not enough customers are available for the training.
Most massage schools will charge for the massage, but may be able to offer no tuition programs for students. You receive a discounted massage rate and the students are able to graduate with the training they need without going into debt.
What is the best massage?
The best massage for you depends on what you need. Each type of massage is meant for something different. Here's a look at what you'll get out some of the massage options.
- Swedish massage - Best for relaxation, first massage or stress relief
- Deep Tissue massage - Great for postural issues, help with injury recovery and painful/tight muscles
- Hot Stone massage - Great for easing tense muscles without the deep pressure
- Prenatal massage - Helps to relieve pains of being pregnant, along with emotional stress and swelling
- Sports massage - Best for treating and helping to prevent injury
For a complete list of massage options and the benefits, check out our FREE Definitive Guide to Massage.