A Soothe App for (Tired) Shoulders

Massages fall into the category of things that sound like a good idea but you never get around to actually doing--like going to the gym (and all those other terribly ambitious new year's resolutions).

After a long day of furiously typing away at my computer or after an especially long business flight, my shoulders tend to carry all the tension of the last 24 hours. At times, it even hurts to touch them. While I love an excellent massage as much as the next Ambitionista, I never end up making that much-needed appointment. So, when the good folks over at Soothe asked me to review their massage-on-the-go app, it was an easy decision.

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The service delivers massages to your door, with the same (if not better) professional experience you'd get at a brick and mortar spa. To schedule an in-home appointment, simply choose the type of massage you'd like--deep tissue, Swedish, sports, couples--and the how long you'd like the massage to be. The times and prices range from 1 hour for $99 to 2 hours for $169.

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My experience:

After downloading the app, you have to input some basic stuff - your name, address and a valid credit card number. You also will be able to specify your preference in terms of:

1. Masseuse - male or female.
2. Massage lubricant - oil or lotion.
3. Type of massage - swedish, deep tissue, sports or couples, and
4. Once you found a favorite masseuse, you can request to book him or her again.
So after the easy set-up, I requested my massage for 9:40 pm on a Tuesday and right on the dot at 9:30 a pleasant lady called (surprise) Sande shows up.

She set up her portable massage bed, asked me what kind of music I liked ( I think we had Pandora decide for us), played it on her little bluetooth speaker and went to the bathroom to wash her hands (which was cue for me to get onto the massage bed).

Apparently her most frequent clients are moms who have babies and small children - it's  convenient and they feel more at ease with the little ones in the next room over.
Once the massage was done, all I had to do was wrap myself in a cozy robe, thank her and then prepare myself... to go to sleep.

What's not to like?
Since then, I've used the app several more times, and referred quite a few of my friends.?

At the moment, Soothe is only available in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Miami, but there's word that they'll be expanding to San Francisco, Phoenix-Scottsdale and New York. Fingers crossed.

Protip: just make sure you have enough space for the therapist to set up a massage table and move around. You don't want the poor masseuse stumbling over your Jimmy Choos.

Bonus points:

  • Soothe is "open" 7 days a week, from 9am to midnight. These hours are perfect for us ladies working late hours.

  • Gratuity is on the house, as tip is already added in. So no need to worry about digging through the dark abyss your purse.

  • Saves you time spent on driving, traffic and parking after an already exhausting day at the office.



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  • I am a mom myself and everyday, I can feel the pressures of house chores on my shoulders and back. Sometimes I just want to lie and take a nap, but when I do, I still feel sore all over especially when I didn’t lay on proper position. Truly a massage would be a better solution.

    Now that’s a great relaxing experience that you had. Good for you, Heidi, you deserve that 🙂

  • MJ says:

    I went to their site (Soothe) and discovered they’re available on certain areas (states) only.. I wish they have their branch here in New York soon!!

  • Keanna Michaels says:

    Oh how I long to have massages at home, too. I badly need that, especially after a weeklong schedule at work.. Thanks for this tip, I am gonna download this app before the day ends.

  • Ash says:

    Actually, I don’t much about the kinds of massages that I would want for my aching muscles, so I really need to check out this app. And the rates and services seem affordable and highly recommended, so what’s not to like about Soothe? I am going to check it out now and see if it’s available in my area. Ciao bellas 🙂

  • Jenni Clark says:

    This is great… A long body pampering massage plus mani-pedi… what more could I ask for?

  • Franceska R. says:

    Thanks for sharing your own experience, at least now we get an idea how they work and how rewarding a full body massage would be.. 🙂

  • Leigh says:

    Oh yes, I’m looking forward to having soothing massages, thanks to this app. I’m glad there’s one available here in LA, I already booked an appointment with a female masseuse for next week. I can’t wait!

  • Rhianne says:

    Wow, this is wonderful! Thanks for the review, I mean for sharing with us your experience with them. I would definitely book for an appointment later this week 🙂

  • Marc says:

    I see that they have an option for couples, too. And their services are affordable. Well, I gotta tell my wife about this, I’m sure she’ll be psyched if I tell her we’re gonna have a couple’s day-off and relaxation at the end of the week. Thanks!

    • Steffi says:

      Oh your wife would be thrilled. It’s nice seeing guys like you who also give in to his wife’s pleasures like massages from time to time. I wish my boyfriend would also do this for me 🙂

    • Ash says:

      Wow, you’re one-of-a-kind! Your wife is so lucky!

  • Georgina M says:

    Oh look, tips. already included on their price range.. That’s an affordable service, actually. Thanks for sharing your experience, Charisma 🙂

  • Wena says:

    This is great! I can’t wait to try it out and book an appointment!

  • loreleichung says:

    I’m glad there’s an app like this, this makes booking an appointment and choosing your preferred masseuse easier and more practical. Thanks for telling us about this!

  • Georgina M says:

    Like I mentioned a few days ago, I finally booked an appointment with them this coming week. Thanks to the soothe app. Now I’m off to take care of those little goodies I need to make it a more relaxing day!

  • Susan Armstrong says:

    This is exactly what I need after a long day at work. Thanks for sharing this info about Soothe app. I hope I could get relaxed within these week!

  • Amanda says:

    Maybe when the weather clears a little and roads are open, I’ll get to check out this service and relax. I very much need this kind of relaxation, thanks for sharing with us this info about Soothe app.

  • kylie rachel says:

    Yes, a soothing massage will definitely take my mind off deadlines and office issues. I will download this app and gonna make an appointment for next week!

  • Taylor G. says:

    I downloaded and checked the Soothe app and found out there’s one in Miami, yippee!! I can’t wait to relax this weekend! Thanks for sharing with us this valuable article 🙂

  • Arianne says:

    I was able to book an appointment and got the Sooth services last week and it was heaven! The lotion they spread on my body was luxurious and the massage was great. Thanks for telling us about this app, Heidi!

  • Tabitha says:

    This is great, one click of the mouse / keypad and you’re set for an appointment with Soothe massage personnel. I’m all for body relaxation so I’d definitely check their schedules and services so I can give my body the relaxing experience it deserve. Thanks for the share 🙂

  • Aaliyah Jane says:

    Ahhh. this is exactly what I need after a tiring week. Glad that there’s already an app we can use to book appointments for massages. I’m going to download this one right away!

  • Shania says:

    Oh this is great. A hassle free app to get that massage appointment in an hour! I love this.. I’m gonna download that app right now.

  • Ella says:

    Lucky for me, there’s one near my area. I am going to download this Soothe app so I can have a full body massage by the end of the week. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Margaret says:

    A soothing massage from head to toe is exactly hat I need this weekend after a really tiring week. Thanks for this suggestion.

  • I loved every minute of my soothing massage with Annabele, the one Soothe has sent to me. I felt so relaxed that I didn’t want to get up from where I was lying. They’re the best! Thanks for sharing this app info to us, I had an easy time booking for appointment and I’ll make sure to get their services again at least once a month!

  • Lea Bourne says:

    Soothing and relaxing, that’s what I experienced when I had a full body message plus a bonus of foot spa with the people of Soothe. Thanks for introducing us to this wonderful app and service. Now they’re just one click away!

  • Ellen says:

    I’ve booked a Swedish massage last week using this Soothe app. And I’m so glad I downloaded this app. It made going to spas a lot easier and cheaper 😉

  • Bernadette says:

    I got this app installed a couple weeks ago and now I’m finally able to use it.. I’d love to get a much needed rest and relaxation with the people from Soothe. Thanks for sharing this, Heidi!

  • Martina W. says:

    This is a lovely idea, perfect for someone like me who’s been busy and stressed the whole week!

  • Clarize says:

    I’m from the Bay Area and I wonder if they already have a branch here. I will check them out and hopefully sample their services really soon. My exhausted body definitely needs some pampering.

  • Angelique says:

    I always wanted to experience a Swedish Massage, but I could never get to do it due to busy schedule. Thanks for sharing about Soothe, I will check on their site if they have an office/branch available near my location.

  • Janine Cross says:

    Gotta love this app. I’m grateful Soothe has their services in my area. I have been booking appointments every month since I first learned about them early this year, sp thank you Heidi for sharing this info to others as well.

  • I haven’t had a full body massage nor a relaxing day at the spa in ages. I really need this kind of de-stressing. I will definitely download this app so I can plan a relaxing weekend soon.

  • nikkiannie says:

    I definitely need this app to help me set appointments to nearby Soothe services. Thanks so much for sharing this info Heidi, it’s a great help!

  • Eiza says:

    An easy-to-access app for our relaxing needs. This will surely help me a lot specially I am currently indisposed.Thanks for sharing this info, Heidi!

  • Shauna says:

    wow, massage delivered to your door… I like that catchphrase. And I like that kind of service too. Good thing Soothe services is available in my place. Thanks for sharing this info, Heidi!

  • Kendall Mitchell says:

    Ah, I think this is great. A personal massage right under your roof without the hassle of waiting for your turn in a fully-booked spa. I think I’m gonna love this app and their services. Thanks!

  • Janina says:

    I certainly need this. I have to have this massage at the comfort of my home. Thanks for sharing this info and app!

  • Helga says:

    Ah I badly need this. I am always tired and feel crappy after a long day, so I deserve a soothing massage like this. Thanks for suggesting this app 🙂 Hopefully their service is available in my place.

  • Sharlene says:

    Ahh, this is soothing and relaxing, a great idea indeed! Will take a look at the site to check their services in my place and I’ll soon get on with this so I can experience a relaxing and stress-free weekend. Thanks for the links!

  • Gabby Swift says:

    Oh this is indeed a soothing idea! Us girls are always busy and stressed at work and at home, so it’s only okay to detox and relax once in a while. I will check out this Soothe app and if it’s available here in my place so I can avail their services. Thanks!

  • Bailey Mays says:

    Ahhh, massage… spa… relaxation… Luxuries I couldn’t afford to do right now because of work. Even at home. Maybe once I’m done with my project, I will use this app and Soothe services to calm my nerves. I hope it’s soon! Thank you for this!

  • Clementine Jenner says:

    I wish their services was available in my location. Sadly no..

  • Nadine Arkins says:

    This is exactly what I need after a year-long work coupled with stress and hassles. Gonna be checking out Soothe soon!

  • Kelly says:

    Oh how I wish this is available in Chicago too… Hopefully they;ll expand all over the US.

  • Susan Young says:

    I think this is a must have app… So I can always contact and have an appointment with Soothe to relieve me from stress and toxic work…

  • Rica says:

    Everyone needs a soothing experience like this to help us relax, de-stress and feel good.