Dealing with stiff shoulders from long hours at the computer? Had a stressful week at work? Or maybe you just need a break from the being busy. We’ve been there before, and one of our favourite solutions is to indulge in a deep tissue, hot stone or foot massage. The catch is this: you don’t have to go all the way to the spa or salon to get your knots sorted. You can enjoy a professional full-body massage in the comfort of your home! Beauty editor Anthia Chng test drives EarthBody, a newly launched home massage service offering this service.
How it works
Founded in May 2018, EarthBody is a mobile massage service that delivers certified and experienced massage therapists straight to your door, any time from 12pm to 2am, and any day of the week. Need a massage urgently? All you have to do is book at least an hour in advance, either via the easy-to-use online booking system or by calling.
When it comes to a list of items I can be bribed with, worthy contenders include chocolate cake, bubbly and, yes, a good massage. After a hectic month of rushing around to events and extended hours over the computer, my poor neck and shoulders were tired of copping the brunt! That’s why I arranged for a Friday night hot stone massage ($150, 90 minutes), a popular therapy that claims to improve muscle relaxation and anxiety, while promoting better sleep.
Upon arriving, my therapist swiftly got to work, setting up the massage area within 10 minutes. A full-sized massage bed, warm basalt stones, clean towels and massage oil were ready to be used, complete with an aroma diffuser right below the bed and soft spa music playing in the background. I won’t lie: the set-up was indeed spa-like and the ambience was absolutely on point!
Using warm stones paired with long and gentle strokes, my therapist focused on my areas of tension – particularly the shoulders, back and neck. It wasn’t a painless process, but definitely one that was necessary. Thankfully, the stones weren’t too hot, just perfectly warm – so, there are no concerns about getting scalded.
Apart from making sure that you have a room that’s suitable for the massage to take place – it has to be spacious enough to fit a massage bed – there’s no need to prepare anything. If you’re opting for the hot stone massage, the therapist will need access to water and a power point to heat up the stones. There’s also a decent selection of massages, packages and grooming services available, including a popular Javanese massage ($110, one hour), foot reflexology ($90, one hour) and a bridal bliss package ($225) that includes a body mask, scrub and full body massage for the ultimate pampering. Do note that there’s a $10 transportation fee for all services.
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