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Massage services such as Zeel and Soothe offer on-demand in-house massages that make it easier and more convenient than ever to get a massage and feel relaxed quickly. The days when you have to book a massage weeks in advance, and waste your precious time commuting to and waiting in a spa, are long gone. Now you can get one in the comfort of your own home, with a cancellation period of just 1 hour.
Both Soothe and Zeel offer on-demand massages at home, at any time of the day and most days of the year (including public holidays). And both services offer special membership fees if you subscribe to a monthly or annual subscription, which means you can save a considerable amount than if you were to book one-off massages. Keep reading for more information and how to decide which option is best for you or someone special in your life.
Slightly cheaper than Zeel, more international location options
Gentle on-demand massage at home offers therapists who can come to you 7 days a week and every day (including public holidays). Soothe offers quite flexible time slots, with the possibility to book massages from 8 a.m. to midnight. And you only need 1 hour in advance to book a masseuse. Soothe offers six different types of massages, including sports massage, prenatal and couples massages. Once you book through the app, you can expect a masseuse with everything you need for a spa-like massage at home. They bring the table, sheets, lotion / oil and even offer relaxing music to complete the experience.
Although you can book a one-time massage through Soothe (and you can buy a gift voucher for it), membership can save you a substantial amount of money in the long run.
This is the standard price that Soothe offers, but the rates can be changed based on location / region.
- A one-time, 60-minute massage is $ 128 (no membership required)
- $ 102.40 with a monthly membership
- $ 96 with a one-year contract
90-minutes massage  $ 175 for a one-time massage (no monthly membership)
120 minutes massage
- $ 225 for a one-time massage (no membership required)
- $ 180 with a monthly membership
- $ 168.75 with an annual membership
Soothe Plus monthly and annual memberships offer you a substantial discount and allow your massage credits to continue rolling if you do not receive them each used for a month – – and they don't expire (which is a huge plus). If you are considering becoming a member, you should know that you can cancel the monthly membership at any time, but you cannot re-register for 6 months. If you cancel your annual membership, you will not receive a refund and you will not be able to register again for another 6 months. However, the annual credits remain in your account and you can still use the remaining credits.
Soothe is available in 66 cities in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. If you travel a lot, this is a big plus because you have access to massage therapists almost everywhere.
Better for people who travel frequently in the US
Zeel looks reasonable in terms of service, availability and price, except for a few differences. You can still expect the same on-demand, in-home service, and you can book a massage in most places until midnight. Just like Soothe, Zeel offers membership options with which you can save a considerable amount on massages if you commit to a monthly or annual plan. The biggest difference between Zeel and Soothe is that you cannot book a one-time massage at Zeel and you have to give at least 2 months or two massages.
Like Soothe, the price of Zeel is based on location / region. The prices below are the rates for booking in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, New York City. (Zeel includes tax and tip in the prizes.)
- $ 129 per month, with a 2-month commitment
- $ 99 per month for a 1-year commitment (plus you get a free massage table to keep at home)
Like Soothe, Zeel offers options for longer massages, but the monthly credit only covers 60 minutes, so you have to pay more for a longer service (Zeel does not advertise the costs for longer services). The credits you accrue each month for a massage roll over if you don't use them, and they don't expire. Zeel has more locations (70+) than Soothe, but they are all located in the US. So if your travels do not bring you much abroad, Zeel may fit better.
When deciding which massage service is suitable for you or a loved one, everything revolves around personal preferences and lifestyle. If you are willing to subscribe annually and you like the idea of having a professional massage table at your home, then maybe Zeel is for you. But if you travel often, especially abroad, and still want to take advantage of your monthly massage membership, then Soothe is your best choice. Both services offer you numerous options in terms of location, type of massage and offer comparable price points, with Soothe that costs a little less.