Although they seem intuitive, many people still struggle to understand clearly what actually the difference between these two offers is. What is more, some clients don’t even know the meaning of the two terms – incall and outcall. Hence the idea of this short article with which I’d like to bring some clarification to the subject and help you choose this option which will work best for you in your particular circumstances.
Incall massage is the one that occurs in the massage therapist’s premises (clinic, salon, office etc.) and they can use all the facilities that this place offers. Outcall massage (also known as Housecall, Mobile or Onsite massage) occurs when the massage therapist needs to travel to the client’s place whether it’s their home, hotel room or office and the sessions are conducted in this changing environment, often new to the massage therapist.
There are obvious differences between the two offers, the most prominent of which is the price of service.
Incall option allows the therapist to use their time more efficiently as they do not need to travel and there’s very limited set-up time required. This option is therefore less expensive for the customer but they need to always cover the travel expenses themselves.
Outcall option is exactly the opposite and depending on the distance to travel, the difference in price may vary from 20% to even 100%. An idea to keep the cost low may be for a few persons to receive massage at the same time in the same or similar location but note that some therapists would travel to only recommended contacts who often should also posses their own massage table. In addition, Watsu therapists will only make house calls to homes equipped with pools or hot tubs, since they need a pool for their style of bodywork.
As far as the service itself is concerned, there are pros and cons of both options as well.
During the incall massage session the massage therapist can precisely control the temperature, lighting, and music used during the session to enhance your relaxation. There are no disruptions or distractions e.g. ringing telephones, noises, children, neighbors, or other people or pets. All massage and bodywork techniques that the massage therapist uses, including Hot Stone Massage, are available during an incall session. It can often be combined with a range of other therapies.
Outcall massage on the contrary offers you your own familiar surroundings where you can be close to people or situations that may need to be controlled. It is especially a good idea while visiting a new place as you won’t get lost looking for the massage therapist’s location. After your outcall massage you don’t have to leave. There is no need to travel, you can just stay put and even have a nap while letting the relaxation sink in. It is generally more convenient and allows you save time and travel expenses.
Whichever option suits better your particular needs and circumstances, it is extremely important to make sure you receive massage from qualified, professional therapists. To ensure both the safety and quality of service, it is wise to use recommended sources. An example is the legitmassage.com directory where you can choose a therapist by gender, location and price to fit your budget.