Also known as "mobile massage" or "massage at home," outcall massage involves a massage therapist traveling to a client's home, hotel room, or place of work, rather than the client making an appointment at a spa or massage studio.
Massage therapists bring any necessary equipment with them and pack it up at the end of the session.
Outcall massage is typically preferred by clients who are looking to relax in their own environment or who have a particularly busy schedule. It may also appeal to people who have limited mobility or who are unable to travel.
Outcall vs. Incall Massage
The opposite of outcall massage is incall massage, which is massage performed at a fixed location. As a general rule, if a therapist offers incall and outcall treatments, the rates will be higher for outcall, as it involves more work and travel for the massage therapist. In some cases, massage therapists will offer only outcall massage, keeping their overhead costs low, and they may be able to offer competitive rates when compared with incall massage options.
When a client calls to make an appointment, the therapist will discuss the type of massage, the length of the session, and his or her rates. In some cases, a massage therapist will only offer outcall massage to trusted clients, or to clients who have been recommended by other professionals.
Unfortunately, because massage therapy is sometimes confused with the sex industry, therapists who offer outcall massage are generally cautious and very clear with their clients. Before arranging an appointment, a massage therapist may remind the client that sexual services are not offered.
Types of Massage
As with massage in a spa or massage studio, outcall massage may involve a number of different styles and options.
- Swedish massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Therapeutic massage
- Balinese massage
- Abhyanga massage
- Holistic massage
- Hot stone massage
Arranging an Outcall Massage
You can typically find listings for massage therapists who offer outcall in the phone book, online directories, or mobile apps. If the therapist's listing does not specify whether he or she offers outcall massage, you can call and ask. If you know that you will be traveling and you would like to have a massage in your hotel room, you can ask the hotel staff for recommendations or ask to have an appointment made for you.
Listings can also be found through professional associations of massage therapists. This ensures that a certain level of training and professional development is required for massage therapists who belong to the organization.
Outcall Massage Etiquette
Massage etiquette for outcall massage is much the same as etiquette for incall massage, with a few additions:
- Take the time to clear the site where you will receive your massage, leaving ample room for the therapist to set up a table and work.
- Make sure to give your massage therapist clear directions to the site, and if you have locked gates or entries, leave them unlocked or meet the massage therapist to unlock them.
- You should also encourage children, pets, and housemates to entertain themselves elsewhere for the duration of your massage.