Is there anything more relaxing than a massage? How about one in the comfort of your own home? Enter Soothe, the app that lets you book an in-home massage with as little as an hour’s notice. It launched in Chicago last week, so we had to test it out. Here’s what you need to know…

The booking: Fire up the app, then choose the type of massage, appointment date and time, massage length (60, 90 or 120 minutes) and therapist gender preference. Add logistics like your address and credit-card info, and that’s it.

The experience: Our therapist showed up right on time, toting her own massage table and all the accoutrements, from sheets to oil to calming tunes. She quickly set up, making space in a small section of our bedroom. During the heavenly treatment we forgot that we were at home--until the end, when we happily realized that we wouldn’t have to ruin our blissed-out state by venturing into the real world. Tax and gratuity are included in the booking price, so there’s no scrounging for cash, either.

The verdict: While some might miss the ancillary pleasures of the spa (the plush robe, candles and chamomile tea), the convenience factor of being able to go from the massage table directly to your couch is epically enjoyable. And with prices in line with, if not less than, many spas in the city, it’s an affordable must for your muscles. 

Prices range from $99 to $169

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