What Is Outcall Massage?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

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.

Receiving a massage may release endorphins in the body and help block pain signals to the brain.
Receiving a massage may release endorphins in the body and help block pain signals to the brain.

Massage therapists bring any necessary equipment with them and pack it up at the end of the session.

An outcall massage may involve hot stones, oils, candles, and relaxing music to add to the ambiance of the massage session.
An outcall massage may involve hot stones, oils, candles, and relaxing music to add to the ambiance of the massage 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.

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.

Outcall massage can take place in a client's home, hotel room, or workplace.
Outcall massage can take place in a client's home, hotel room, or workplace.
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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I've actually been solicited more in the salons I've worked in rather than with my out-call business. i appreciate you all reminding us that there are real dangers out there when working on a new client in or out-call.

If you search for massage, we fall into the same category as erotic massage, which stinks. But it's important for us to be realistic and protect ourselves physically and our reputations. I too, have found stating a clear policy to be very helpful in keeping the creeps away, as well as having a contingency plan while on site.

I think the best advice is to trust your instincts. The creeps I've met in the salon were creeps before they even made it back to the room, but it's very different ending a session as an employee versus the owner, and I would caution new therapists to make sure their salon owners will support your actions even if it means losing a long time client in another avenue of the salon business. Some salons aren't willing to lose a client over your safety.


I'm a male massage therapist and unfortunately, cursed with being mostly asian and extremely good looking (something some perverts want).

It's not only female massage therapists who get harassed. Even when you clearly state your qualifications, professional reputation, and how you will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment, those perverts will still try. I've had to deal with these creeps both from in and out calls.

They have no consequences because stupid state regulations only protect clients from therapists, not vice versa. And not to mention there are a lot of shady, pathetic massage therapist posers out there.


For female massage therapists, she is not being melodramatic. I'm a male massage therapist, and I've been doing it for many years and even teach massage.

I have heard many stories and 99 percent of the time they are about female LMT's being harassed or asked about sexual massage.

Out call massage should only be referral based or someone you know. If you are a female and advertise out call massage with out specifying, then this problem will arise I guarantee it. Being a male LMT I have even been propositioned before on an out call massage. Trust me it happens more than you want to think.


I do outcall massages to people I know or get referrals too. But to better be safe, I now partner with another massage therapist to do only couples massage, corporate events and spa parties.

I owned a shop and we had just as many problems with men coming in and asking for happy endings. I had to post a sign stating what draping meant and what our state regulations were. I also designed a waiver explaining the same thing and requiring them to sign it and it solved the problem, because it stated that I would press charges, call the police and wanted my money.

The problem does exist. She is not being melodramatic. You learn to roll with the punches. She has mace. I have a stun gun. Some take a self-defense class. You also learn to call people let them know where you are going, give them an address and time you will be out if they don't hear from you to call the police or come to where they are. You have to learn to adapt to your environment.


@techgeek1 -- I think you’re being a little bit melodramatic. I regularly get outcall massages two or three times a year and usually get the same woman, who is quite petite.

She has been doing outcall massages for over a decade and has never had any of the problems you are describing—and if she did, she would know how to handle it. I’ve seen her toting a bottle of mace on her keychain before and I’m sure she wouldn’t be afraid to use it if she had to.


As a young female massage therapist, I absolutely refuse to do outcalls and think any young women that signs herself up for this service is tempting fate!

May I remind you that we live in an age where keeping your doors unlocked is no longer an option? I’ve heard plenty of horror stories of women getting raped by men who order outcall massages. It just isn’t a safe thing to do.

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