time, we have been asked many questions, such as: Is it customary to
tip a therapist? What is draping? Should I choose male or female
So we have decided to put a page addressing these questions
Q: Is it customary to tip a therapist?
Yes, it is. Our therapists work on a percentage of the low price that
we charge. An average tip is $10 and should go up or down based on how
much you can afford to leave, and your level of satisfaction with your
treatment. High end spas charge anywhere from $65-100 for a 50 minute
massage and a mandatory gratuity of 20%. We do not add a gratuity, but
they are much appreciated, and it is very common practice to tip a
Q: What is draping? Is it necessary?
Draping is the linens we use to keep the client covered, and techniques
we use to only undrape the area we are working on at the time. And
yes, it is necessary. It is required to protect the modesty of the
client, and is also required by a therapists code of ethics and state
Q: Should I choose a male or female therapist?
Well, this ultimately is a choice of the individual. I can say that
very few people have any issue with having a female therapist. It tends
to be male therapists that have the hardest time acquiring clients.
Some people may have issues, whatever they may be, we don't judge, it is
your choice. That being said...all our therapists are just as
qualified as the next. All licensed, all professional, and all
talented. I, as the owner, and being a male therapist have dealt with
this time and again. I can say that EVERY SINGLE PERSON that initially
was hesitant about choosing me as their therapist, are still my clients
and won't see anyone else unless necessary. Male therapists and female
therapists are the same if the skills are the same.
Q: Should I arrive early to appointment?
A simple yes, but not too early. If it is your first time here, 10
minutes early is great. Subsequent visits you should try for 5 minutes
early, to insure you receive your full 60 minute massage.
Q: Should I choose deep tissue or Swedish? What is the difference?
A: The difference is Swedish is generally a lighter more broadly
focused massage, using long flowing strokes as well as kneading
techniques. The pressure can be varied, but it is still flowing and
sequential. Whereas, deep tissue is more focused, slower and intense,
focusing on specific problem areas. At Escape, it doesn't matter what
you choose because our massages are a blend of both techniques based on
your specific needs. You just tell the therapist what you issues are
for the day, and a massage is tailored specifically for you.
Q: How often should I receive massages?
A: This answer is simple. You should get massaged as often as is
possible for your time and/or budget. The more often you visit us, the
less each visit is. As it should be. We recommend at least once per
month. And EVERYONE should find a way to make that possible. The more
often you receive massages the longer the effects of massage last. It
is great to get 2 or 3 a year, as a treat and you'll probably feel good
for a day or two. But, it does nothing for the long term. The clients
that receive the most frequent massages are the ones that report the
most noticeable long lasting positive effects to their well-being.
We will be adding more Q&A's as the need arises