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From gyms, massages, to manicures: Wellness booking apps in Singapore

Many fitness studios and beauty salons are taking their businesses online which have helped the rise of booking apps.

via Vulcan Post

Booking apps has been a huge lifesaver. They create a seamless and convenient way for consumers to make various appointments with just a few taps. There are a few fitness, beauty and wellness apps in Singapore, so Vulcan Post has went on to compare three of such platforms to check out what each has to offer.

Vaniday

For those unacquainted, beauty booking app Vaniday had announced its sudden closure in Singapore in December last year amidst rumors of financial troubles. Despite an unfortunate exit, Vaniday has been resurrected with a brand new management and direction.

It has since been revamped as a “one-stop beauty and wellness portal”, and has expanded its merchant pool to include gyms, chiropractic services, acupuncture therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Since Vaniday’s soft launch in February, it has onboarded a total of 1,000 merchants, though its CEO has expressed ambitions to triple the merchant base to 3,000 by next year.

Screenshot of the Vaniday site.

While the list of merchants for its beauty-related services are rather extensive, the options for new service additions like chiropractor (four merchants), gyms (five merchants) and TCM (two merchants) are rather limited.

Regardless, it stays true to its vision of being a “one-stop” portal. Beyond offering booking services, Vaniday also serves as an e-marketplace for beauty and wellness products—a quick check on the app showed that it’s selling Korean skincare from brands like Nature Republic and Innisfree—and offers a digital beauty and lifestyle magazine called VaniZine.

On top of that, Vaniday pushes out promotions from time to time so users get to enjoy further discounts. Some services also offer cheaper prices for first-time trial users so it’s worth going for different trial services at different salons for more savings.

ClassPass

Due to COVID-19, ClassPass has branched out to offer online classes, which is conducted via livestreaming at lower credits than physical classes. This is a great option for users who prefer the convenience of working out in their homes, and are willing to forego on-site guidance from the trainers.

Its all-new wellness services are broken down into different categories: massage, facial, cryotherapy—the use of low temperatures in medical therapy—and sauna. There is also a standalone online language course—available in one-month and three-month options—that sits under the wellness tab.

Screenshot of the ClassPass website.

On the other hand, its beauty services include manicure and pedicure, blowout, lashes, hair cut, and brows. Although ClassPass has expanded its suite of services, it is primarily a fitness booking app with an overwhelming number of partners in this area (381 to be exact), as compared to wellness (68 partners), and beauty (10 partners).

Its fitness services are wide-ranging, covering from outdoors, yoga, pilates, HIIT, cycling, barre, to gym studios. Class packages are also available, so you can stock up on classes at your favourite studios at a discount.

Another great thing about the ClassPass app is its interface. It’s easy to navigate and users can filter their search according to dates, time, number of credits, and amenities. ClassPass works based on a subscription model. Users can choose from four different plans to cater to different frequencies of usage.

Mindbody

Founded in 2001, Mindbody brands itself as a cloud-based business management software. A quick query to the company revealed that it launched in Singapore in 2005.

According to its website, Mindbody said that it helps connect the world to wellness. Its software has linked “hundreds of thousands of passionate health, wellness, and beauty professionals to the millions of clients they serve.”

Mindbody has partnered over 100 fitness and wellness studios, as well as 13 beauty businesses. The 20 fitness categories, including yoga, circuit training, boxing, pole fitness, tai chi, and rock climbing, while the wellness categories including massage, acupuncture, nutrition, chiropractor, prenatal, reflexology, water therapy and body treatments. Finally, it has eight beauty categories including hair salon, face treatments, nails, hair removal, makeup/lashes/brows, med spa, tanning, and even tattoo/piercing.

Each search on Mindbody can be filtered according to the class, studio or instructor, as well as fitness type, distance and ratings. It works on a flexible pricing system: Single session, class pack, or unlimited options. There are $5 classes for kids yoga and a $10 prenatal yoga trial class.

This article was originally published by Vulcan Post