On-Demand, In-Home Massages are Coming to Boston, Courtesy of NYC Startup Zeel
Apparently I'm some kind of fortune-teller, because nearly two weeks after I suggested to someone on Twitter that she should look into Zeel, the New York-based on-demand massage startup came knocking on our email doors to tell us the service is coming to Boston." "Boston is the perfect home for Zeel." And you won't have to wait long: Zeel is launching in Boston next week, on Sept. 28. People can book "five-star, spa-quality" massages using Zeel's smartphone apps or on Zeel.com. Not only will the massage therapists come straight to your home, office or event with a minimum one-hour notice, they are also available any time between 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., seven days a week. Zeel said all of its massage therapists are "fully vetted, experienced,and licensed in their state of practice." “Boston is the perfect home for Zeel,” Samer Hamadeh, founder and CEO of Zeel, said in a statement. “Boston is one of the most important tech centers of the United States, and Bostonians are smart, busy and health-conscious – the perfect customers for Zeel’s ultra-convenient, top-quality massage offering.” In addition to the on-demand massage service, Zeel also has a premium in-home massage membership called "Massage Zeelot," which gives members one massage a month for a year, along with a professional-grade massage table and other features. Founded in 2010, Zeel launched its service in New York City in 2012 and has since expanded to the NYC Tri-State area, South Florida, Southern California, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. The startup has raised at least $3.2 million, with Corigin Ventures as a lead investor, according to CrunchBase. The startup said it has seen month-over-month double-digit growth in customers and massage bookings, making it the "largest and fastest-growing" on-demand massage company in the United States.