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Soothe App Launches in NYC! A Review

There are apps for everything these days, from talking with a therapist to ordering groceries online, whatever you need to take care of pretty much has an app for your convenience.  Enter Soothe, a new app launching in early November 2015 in New York City to help bring you in-home or office massages at your whim.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Here are what the Soothe app folks promise:

Soothe (www.soothe.com) is a same-day, massage-on-demand service available in 14 cities across the country with over 1800 licensed massage therapists. Soothe delivers a licensed, vetted, certified massage therapist to your home, office or hotel room, with as little as 60 minutes advance notice. Services include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Couples massage, in treatment lengths of 60-90-120 minutes for a fixed fee that includes gratuity and taxes ($99-$139-$169). Their hours are 8 am – midnight daily. People can book 24-7 via the iOS or Android app, online, or via the toll-free number during business hours. It’s consistently received 5-star reviews. Soothe is already available in Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles/OC, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, San Diego, Austin, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Washington, D.C., and Seattle.

This past week I had the chance to try out Soothe and had a great experience!  I made my appointment via the app on my iPad the day before for an after work stress break.  Set up was super easy and I was able to choose between a Swedish, Deep Tissue or Couples Massage. I opted for the Swedish one hour massage and got my confirmation. I was all set.

The day of my appointment I received a confirmation from Soothe that Michael would be my massage therapist and would arrive at our scheduled time. I was a little nervous having an at-home massage (after all it was a stranger I was letting in) BUT my therapist was so professional and personable.  He even recommended a few ways to stretch my back and neck after sitting at my desk for hours every day.  After my hour was up, I felt amazingly relaxed and slept very well that night.  And I didn’t even have to leave my apartment or put on anything other than lounge wear.  It was amazing! I will definitely be using Soothe to book again.

I had a great experience and if my trial was any reflection of the types of professionals that Soothe offers, then I’m sure that everyone will be making a lot of reservations via the Soothe app (available in the iTunes store) when it launches in NYC on November 3.  And exclusively for MANE MAN readers, I have partnered with Soothe to offer $30 off your first massage when you use the code MANEMAN30.  Try it out for yourself!

 

Disclosure: The experience described in this post was provided courtesy of Soothe.  No further compensation was provided. All opinions listed herein are mine and have not been influenced in any way by the folks at Soothe.

This App Might Just Save Your Life

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Along with it being National Stress Awareness Month, April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month which is a cause that I’ve been passionate about for years. While risk reduction strategies are helpful they are absolutely not the end all be all way to prevent sexual assault (i.e. people need to stop sexually assaulting people).  But, human trafficking is also a HUGE issue worldwide so I’m all about anything that promotes safety.  And with many men and women being subjected to these sort of horrible crimes everyday, I thinks it’s all our responsibility to keep our loved ones safe in whatever way we can.  That being said, I find it important to spread the word about this app called bSafe that could potentially save your life.

The bSafe app is a tremendous tool for personal safety.  First off, it’s free to download.  But most importantly,  the app includes a digital SOS alarm that when pushed sends out your GPS location to a “guardian” and automatically contacts 911.  With the free version of the app, you can set 1 guardian who be notified when your SOS is triggered.  I did a test run myself with a friend and it completely freaked her out how accurate and thorough the app is.

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Let’s say you’re in trouble and not able to speak to your friend after you trigger the alarm, no problem.  bSafe also alerts 911 and places a phone call to your guardian automatically, all the while recording evidence (with the paid version).  It also comes with an audible SOS alarm (and flashlight via your camera’s phone) which may help deter criminal activity when it’s triggered.

In less pressing situations, you can decide to send yourself a fake phone call (10 minutes from now, for example) from anyone to get out of an uncomfortable situation before it goes bad.  And what if you’re walking home late at night and want to let someone know? You can send the guardian a note that you want them to track you and once you’re safe all you have to do is hit the “I’m here” button.  Seriously, this app is legit.

Right now, for $30 you can get an unlimited number of guardians for a whole two years, which could help you feel more comfortable traveling alone no matter who you are. The paid versions include the real-time tracking and evidence recording that I previously mentioned, proving that this app really just might save your life.