If you're looking for answers to your questions about mobile massage rates, you're not alone. With more people wanting massage at their home or office, the mobile massage business is booming. And one key question most people have is about cost.
In this article, we'll cover the typical cost of mobile massage and what all goes into that price.
What is the Cost of Mobile Massage?
Like any professional service, there are a ton of things that make up the cost of a mobile massage service. And that means there's not really a one-size-fits-all answer.
That's because the price of mobile massage services will vary according to whether it's table massage or chair massage, whether it's a one-time event or an on-going program, and even your location. Here's how to make sense of it all.
Mobile Massage at Work: When The Employer Pays for Massage
When companies bring seated massage to work, it's a great benefit for employee and employer alike. Employees get to relax and recharge, and employers get more focused and loyal workers.
Typically, massage is delivered on a pre-determined schedule with a massage program, though special one-time events can also work.
Either way, here's what your price will be based on:
- How many massage therapists you have on site
- How long each massage session will last
- How many people are getting massages
Mobile Massage at Home
Some massage companies deliver chair massage or table massage to clients' homes. These prices could differ if you're working with a massage company versus a lone massage therapist, and each company or therapist will set their own prices.
However, home-delivered massage will include many of the same pricing factors as office massage does.
What's Included in the Price of Chair Massage?
Let's break it down. Here are the basic things that your chair massage price covers. We'll dive into the details below.
- Sanitation supplies
- Massage supplies
- Wages and tips
- Administrative support
- Misc. other costs
First, there's the cost for the therapist to travel to and from the site. On some level, you're paying to fill your therapists' gas tank and deal with traffic so you don't have to -- that's a stress-buster in itself.
2. Sanitation Supplies
There's also the cost of sanitation supplies like paper towels and sanitizing spray. Some therapists use disposable face cradle covers specially designed to cover a massage chair or massage table's face cradle. Others use paper towels for this. In either case, each one is discarded after every client, and the chair or table is cleaned with a sanitizer.
3. Massage Supplies
These include sheets (if doing table massage), and massage oil or lotion (if used). During chair massage, if any oil or lotion is used, it will be for areas like arms, hands, and necks. Some therapists don't use oil or lotion for chair massage at all.
4. Wages and Tips
Whether you've hired a lone massage therapist, or you're working with a massage company, your therapist makes a living off providing mobile massage therapy. A large portion of the cost of mobile massage services goes directly into your therapist's pocket.
Tipping for mobile massage may or may not be included in the total cost given. For example, at Incorporate Massage, we include tips with our final price to clients, but other companies prefer not to. You can read about our decision on tipping here.
5. Administrative Support
An on-going massage program at work will include administrative services, such as scheduling, program support, calendar integration, and even program analytics.
6. Misc. Other Costs
On a larger scale, you're also paying for the specialized training and experience your massage therapist has. And your therapist has their own costs they're managing, including the initial cost of their massage table or massage chair, their business license and liability coverage to practice massage therapy, and their required continuing education credits to maintain their license.
These are generally costs that don't make up any significant portion of the price of mobile massage services, but they are factors in what it takes to bring massage therapy to your home or office.