Let's say you have a lazy day off work and all you want to do is pamper yourself and lounge around your home. You could venture to the great outdoors for a pedi or massage, but that requires putting thought into an outfit and, well, leaving the house. Or maybe you're traveling and want to kill a little time in your hotel room. Or perhaps you'd like to arrange for a romantic couples massage in your home on a Friday night, complete with candles and a bottle of wine.
The first scenario described above is a familiar one for me, and it was during one of these low key days that I pulled out my smartphone and opened the Soothe app.
The Soothe premise is pretty magnificent: open the app, select the type of massage you'd like (Swedish, deep tissue, sports, couples), the length (one to two hours), the appointment time, and therapist preference (male, female, either).
In as soon as an hour, you'll have a massage therapist tap-tapping at your door, ready to send you into a state of deep relaxation.
You can set the appointment for as little or as far in advance as you want, and the therapists are available from 9 a.m. to midnight every day of the week, including holidays.
At $99 for an hour, $139 for an hour and a half, and $169 for two hours, the prices are a little more expensive than the going rate. However, gratuity is included and you're also paying for convenience. Plus, these rates ensure the massage therapists get fair pay, and Soothe is selective with the therapists it hires.
I booked my massage for about 3 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon and received a text confirming the appointment within minutes of setting it. I later received a call from Soothe HQ letting me know the therapist was running three to five minutes late, which I found to be a thoughtful gesture.
Once the therapist arrived, she set up shop in my living room, which included her table, aromatherapy oils, massage oil, and even ambient music. My living room truly was transformed, and the massage itself was excellent.
The best part about a having a massage therapist come to your home versus the spa: you don't have to drive home. You don't have to deal with the outside world. You don't even have to get dressed (your therapist may appreciate if you wear a robe, though)! After mine, I drew a hot bath, poured a glass of Malbec and soaked for a good 20 minutes before cozying up with a rom-com. Sounds fab, no?
Currently, the app is available in the following cities: LA, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Miami/Dade, Orange County, Austin, and San Diego.
- What's the best massage you've ever had?
- How do you feel about an in-house massage versus a spa experience?
- Would you ever use an app like this? Or maybe gift a Soothe massage to a friend?