Necessity a massage in an hour? This national service is coming to Sacramento area homes

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 3:54 PM

S. markets, the mobile-massage business will start offering many Sacramento-area residents on June twenty-six the opportunity to obtain a massage in their homes within an hr of an online booking.

Necessity a massage in an hour? This national service is coming to Sacramento area homes

Already operating in more than sixty-five other U. S. markets, the mobile-massage business will start offering many Sacramento-area residents on June twenty-six the opportunity to obtain a massage in their homes within an hr of an online booking.

Despite Zeel’s size, news of its imminent arrival didn’t faze veteran massage therapist , whose business offers services from Galt to Roseville. In fact, Phan said, she expects Zeel will lift the visibility of the mobile massage industry and widen the no of customers seeking services. Phan said she still gets calls from people who don’t know that many independent massage therapists create house calls.

, a 20-year veteran of the local massage industry, has done mobile massage in the past but presently runs the middle in Folsom. She’s also not concerned about the market’s new entrant.

“With this industry, there’s always going to be competition,” she said. “With the mobile massage, there are people who don’t wish to go to the centers, they perceive more comfortable in their homes. I don’t think that it’s going to deter anyone from coming to us. I think it'll give a new Ave to people who really necessity to get massages.”

Phan could apply to work through Zeel because the company contracts with local massage therapists to proposal its suite of services, but she said her schedule already is frequently booked a week or two in advance. However, Phan’s former instructor, of, thinks a no of massage therapists will wish to work through Zeel.

“I have former students of mine with them (in other cities),” Polley said. “They love it, and some of them have worked through them a long time. I think it’s grand for both the clients and the students. I obtain a lot of calls from people who are bedridden or housebound or they've active families. People wish massage right at their house.”

Land Park resident Bob Waste agreed to test-drive Zeel’s service for The Bee. He's been residence recovering from surgery but plans to return to work this week. He described his Zeel massage as one of the best he’d ever had.

The massage, he said, really helped to reduce some pain he’d been experiencing. The massage therapist did a combination of relaxing Swedish technique, along with some therapeutic deep-tissue work. Because of the nature of his surgery, he said, she'd him lie down on his back or his sides as she worked.

“It was more convenient for me to have it in the house and not have one more trip, with all that I’ve got going on,” Waste said. “It was fascinating that they offered a choice between a male or a female massage therapist. I’m sure people have different consolation levels with that.”

After sampling the Zeel service, Waste said, he went to his mobile phone and downloaded the app because he figured he'd utilize the service again. Customers book either through the mobile app or at zeel. com. About half of Zeel’s business comes from repeat customers.

To utilize the Zeel service, customers should allow a government-issued identification. Zeel does this to ensure the safety of therapists, and it also processes all payments. For customer security, the company contracts with only experienced, licensed and insured massage therapists. When an appointment is booked, Zeel sends the customer a message with the therapist’s name, license no and photo.

The company will be offering its service in parts of Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. Bee readers in its service area can utilize the code BEE25 for $25 off their first Zeel massage when service begins Monday. Zeel regularly charges $105 an hour, but that includes an eighteen percent gratuity.

, Zeel’s chief marketing officer, said the company surveys the spas in each market to define its pricing. Zeel contracts with massage therapists who get four- or five-star ratings from their customers, she said, and the Zeel hr is truly sixty minutes, not the fifty that many spas provide.

Phan, however, charges her monthly customers $75 for a 60-minute massage. A gratuity isn't included. Phan said she's interested to look how Zeel’s pricing goes over with Sacramento-area customers.

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Zeel, the mobile massage company, contracts with only about half of all massage therapists who apply to become independent contractors.

The company processes payments and automatically collects an eighteen percent gratuity.

Lisa Veyka, a massage therapist in New York, has been with Zeel since it launched in two thousand-twelfth. She said: “They book me at times around my private practice or other things in my life. … I perceive love I’m really well-compensated.”

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