Have you had a professional massage in your own home? It was a concept I thought was reserved for rich housewives and high-flying executives. To my surprise, however, massage is no longer a luxury as it’s becoming an essential part of self-care. Hunching over computers and mobile devices, less daily movement and exercise …. our bodies are suffering. Massage is one of the easiest ways to reduce pain and stress from mounting up in our body, but with busier lives comes less time for self care.
I’ve always dreamt of having a massage therapist come to me, and I’ve looked into it many times over the last few years. I tried to find a reliable and certified massage therapist who offered in-home massage and didn’t charge a crazy price but that always seemed to be just out of reach. Then, I heard that Soothe had launched in Australia. An app that turns massage into an on-demand service. Will my Soothe app review reveal an answer to my prayers? Read on to find out!
Getting to a massage therapist or osteopath is difficult for me lately. I have a lot going on that requires me to be at home so my body has been in a lot of pain and relief has been few and far between. The appeal of having someone in my home to address that was highly appealing but I did have a list of concerns:
- My house is a mess, I don’t want to have to clean up for something that’s meant to be relaxing.
- How am I meant to be relaxed in my own house? Look at all this mess!
- What if I get a male massage therapist? I don’t think I’m comfortable being naked with a strange man in my home (that I didn’t meet via Tinder, of course).
Reading back my own thoughts makes me feel a little crazy but they were valid concerns when considering using this service. I did choose to put them aside for the sake of this review. Oh, and my crippling body pain.
Booking is easy! From the Soothe website (or iOS and Android apps) I just enter my postcode, chose a day and time that works for me and set some preferences. I love the fact that I could specify what massage technique I’d like (a choice of swedish, deep tissue, sports and pre-natal), the duration and the gender of my therapist. I know the gender thing shouldn’t bother me, and in a spa or massage center it’s never bothered me, but in my home does feel a little different so this choice put me at ease. After adding my details and confirming my booking I was all set for a massage.
Ahead of my appointment I wasn’t sure if I’d need to set up a space or have any supplies of my own, so a quick check of their website FAQ informed me I didn’t need to worry about a thing. That was a big relief. My massage therapist would bring everything we need, including towels, oil, the massage table and even music.
My massage therapist was Anastasia, and I instantly felt comfortable when her warm smile greeted me at my door. I apologised for the state of my house mess but she put me at ease saying that she’s a professional and only here to provide me with my treatment. My anxiety eased and I was looking forward to getting some aches and pains taken care of.
It took approximately 10 minutes for Anastasia to set up, followed by a brief chat about what kind of massage pressure I like, talking or no talking, etc. I felt at ease before we even began the treatment but I was pleasantly surprised about how quickly I relaxed once on the table. I honestly didn’t think I would be able to unwind, relax and enjoy my massage. I was most surprised by the fact Anastasia managed to transform my living room into a relaxing space. I loved the relaxing ambience she created for me with music. As someone who works from home it’s almost impossible for me to switch off and disconnect from the many distractions, to-do lists running through my head and general feeling of unease.
At the end of my 60-minute massage I felt completely chilled and I think I may have even drifted off to sleep for a bit – something that is very difficult for me to do during previous massage treatments.
There is no cash required as payment is handled directly through Soothe. All I had to do at the end of my session was get dressed and farewell Anastasia. I could also choose to rebook future appointments with her on the spot or I can book using the app another time. It kind of reminded me of using an Uber, I didn’t need to worry about payment or tipping. I could just enjoy the service and go on with my day.
What I’ve learnt is that taking the time out for myself can still be done despite a hectic home life, and that with a little expert help I can get that much needed self-care. Soothe made the process very easy and it set me on a path of wishing more beauty services were available through a platform as easy as this. I will definitely be using the service again and gifting (they have gift cards!) to some people in my life well overdue for some TLC.
Soothe is an on-demand massage service operating in 53 cities worldwide – currently USA, Canada, UK and their newest addition, Australia. Soothe currently has a network of over 10,000 certified massage therapists globally, all of which are put through a vetting process. Therapists are interviewed in-person and only those who meet the requisite level of certification, and have a history of customer excellence, are accepted into the Soothe network. That’s important to me, I don’t want some dodgy weirdo coming into my home to rub my body! I have to know that they’re truly certified.
The Soothe booking process makes getting a massage quick and easy, whenever you want. You can book via Soothe’s app for iOS or Android, or via their website. They offer set prices and options for the most popular requests – single’s massage, couples, prenatal and workplace massage. You can even set personal preferences like the type of massage, the treatment length, and the therapist’s gender.
Prices start at $109 USD for a 60mins singles massage. Gift cards are also available direct from Soothe so it makes for a wonderful gift idea!
Have you tried an in-home beauty or massage service? Is this something you’d consider trying? Let me know by commenting below!