If you’re on vacation or living in Buenos Aires and feeling the stress of city life, it may be the perfect time to treat yourself to a massage.
One thing to be aware of is that there is no official licensing requirement for massage in Buenos Aires or anywhere else in Argentina. This means that anyone can call themselves a ‘massage therapist,’ whether they have training or not. When making an appointment for a massage feel free to ask the provider where they studied, for how long and any other questions that might give you an idea of their level of training, or better yet go to someone who comes recommended.
There are a handful of professional massage therapists with overseas licensing who have set up shop in Buenos Aires, although they tend to charge a bit more than local practitioners without the same training.
Keep in mind that, as in many places of the world, ‘massage’ can be used as a ‘code word’ to indicate sexual services. Since the government banned so-called ‘Rubro 59’ ads — the sexual service ads that used to appear in the back section of newspapers and magazines, it became harder to suss out who is a massage therapist and who just pretending to be one. Stories abound in Buenos Aires of expats or visitors who scheduled a massage or wander into a walk-in massage parlor only to find out that they unintentionally booked an appointment for a massage with a ‘happy ending’ (usually referred to as a ‘relax massage’). Similarly, Buenos Aires’ professional massage therapists all have stories of clients who book an appointment but make it clear when they arrive that they are looking for much more than a therapeutic massage.
To avoid any confusion visitors can go to a spa such as Home Hotel, although the treatment at hotel spas may not be more than a fluff and buff and the price might be a little higher than one would pay privately.
Booking a Massage Online
One good option for those visiting Buenos Aires is to call in a mobile massage therapist to your hotel or AirBnB.
Pablo Gonzalez is a professional massage therapist licensed in the United States, with 11 years of experience as lead therapist in well-known hotels of USA and Argentina such as the Ritz Carlton key Biscayne, Mandarin Oriental Miami, Setai Hotel of Miami, Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Four Season hotel Buenos Aires, Faena Hotel Buenos Aires, and Melia Recoleta Hotel.
He specializes in clinical and deep tissue massage and spa treatments. He’s also fluent in English.
Set up an appointment with Pablo online using the coupon code ‘WANDER-ARGENTINA’ and get AR$200 off your massage at your hotel or apartment.
Why Book Online
• Safety — give peace of mind to yourself and the masseuse with the understanding you are booking a legitimate therapeutic massage
• Savings —input the code ‘WANDER-ARGENTINA’ and receive your massage at a special discounted price
• Knowledge — Know you’re getting a massage therapist who is trained and certified, understands the human body enough to avoid injury and work out any problem areas and speaks English
—Terms of online booking
• Please read Pablo’s terms and conditions before finalizing your booking
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