Looking for a way to unwind on-demand? Zeel Massage has you covered.
There’s a new app that allows you to get “spa treatment” on-demand. The Zeel Massage app, which will launch on the Southside on Wednesday, advertises itself as “on-demand massage therapy,” bringing licensed therapists to your home, office and pretty much anywhere in between. The company, which already provides massage therapy in more than 80 cities across the country, will serve residents and tourists in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton and Newport News. They offer a variety of different services including Swedish massages, deep tissue, sports, sleep, prenatal and even couples sessions. “The Virginia Beach/Norfolk area is a thriving area year-round, with many residents and visitors that can benefit from on-demand massage therapy,” Zeel Chief Marketing Officer Cynthia Irons wrote in an email. “We’re excited to bring spa-quality massages directly to our customers at home, and also to vacationers at hotels.” How it works Zeel operates by connecting local therapists, who are “licensed, insured, experienced, and vetted in person by the Zeel team,” to customers in need of a massage in their operating area. For the customer, requesting a massage is as simple as downloading the app, or going to the website. From there, you select the preferred gender of your therapist, the time, location and type of massage you would like, and the job is done. Once your massage is booked, the app will send you a confirmation that shows your therapist’s full name, photo, bio, and license number so you know exactly who’s coming to your door. After that, your therapist will arrive, complete with “everything you need to turn your living room into a spa,” including the massage table, lotion and music, according to a Zeel news release. A massage can be booked in 60, 75, and 90-minute sessions, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 365 days a year. On the Southside, a one-hour massage costs $105.02, which includes tax and an 18 percent tip, according to Zeel’s website. Members can get massages at a reduced rate of $87.32 for an hour-long massage. “The health advantages of massage are almost endless,” she said. “Massage therapy is a pillar of wellness, with benefits that include stress relief, improved overall fitness, increased flexibility, better circulation and injury prevention.”