How to use Yelp when looking for a massage on Maui

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Are you a “Yelpy”? Do you “Yelp“?  Have you heard of this fantastic free service called “Yelp”? is a go-to guide (the Los Angeles Bible) for finding reviews about businesses or services you are interested in, for free.

The FAQ page of Yelp gives the following definition:

What is Yelp?

Yelp is an online urban city guide that helps people find cool places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play, based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the know. Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what’s great — and not so great — in your world.

You will be surprised at how easy it is to use Yelp in order to find reviews and recommendations but the map can be a bit tricky (at least it was for me until I learned how to use it).

For example, you are on Maui, staying in Lahaina looking for someone to come to your vacation rental condo to give you and your two sisters massages.  You’d rather not drive anywhere to get a massage but rather just stroll out to the sand when you are finished receiving your massage and take a nap in the sun, next to the ocean.

  1. Go to
  2. In the “Search for” box type in what you are searching for which can be a specific style of massage, ie deep tissue massage or simply “massage”.
  3. In the “Near” box type in the location you are searching for.  THIS IS THE TRICKY PART.  If you type in “Maui” you will be given businesses with an address in Central Maui (if they are mobile, like I am, this will limit the range.  In the upper left corner of the map on the right side of your search results zoom out and you will now be given the results for the entire island of Maui.  If you type in “Lahaina” you will be given businesses with an address in Lahaina (if they are mobile and have an address in Makawao (like I do) you will not see their business and reviews in your search.  Again, zoom out with the map and you will be given more results and many may service the Lahaina area.
  4. Save yourself the confusion and type in “mobile massage therapist” for your Search.  “Maui” for near.  Zoom out of the map to include the entire island of Maui and you will be given more targeted results.
  5. Read about the businesses and the reviews and choose your Mobile Massage Therapist.
  6. When reading Yelp reviews don’t forget to read the filtered reviews. The filtered reviews are found below the actual reviews on the profile page of the business you are looking at.  There will be a number and the word filtered in parenthesis, for example (14 reviews) which will be a clickable link taking you to more reviews to read about the company.
  7. Choose your company/massage therapist and contact them for an appointment.

Yelp can be used for almost any category you can think of.  Restaurants, Hairstylists, Photographers, Car Repair, Dentists, Massage Therapists, Reflexologists, CranioSacral Therapists and the list goes on.

So the next time you are searching for something give Yelp a try and see if you don’t quickly become a “yelpy”.

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