On July 23 the nation’s largest massage-franchise company announced it had contributed $10,000 to the Touch Research Institutes (TRI). The donation was presented at the annual conference of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association.

On June 22 MASSAGE Magazine reported that the franchiser had contributed $20,000 to the Massage Therapy Foundation, an organization that advances the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service.

“The healing power of touch has been a part of wellness for thousands of years. Helping fund research in the field of therapeutic massage lets massage therapists combine the best of both worlds—new breakthroughs with time-tested techniques” said CG Funk, Massage Envy’s vice president of industry relations and product development.

TRI was established in 1992 by Director Tiffany Field, Ph.D. at the University of Miami School of Medicine via a startup grant from Johnson & Johnson. TRI was the first center in the world devoted solely to the study of touch and its application in science and medicine.

Massage Envy, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., was the first national franchise to bring therapeutic massages to the masses. The company has more than 775 franchises sold in 36 states, and employs more than 8,000 massage therapists.