August 04, 2008 

Move over, expensive health spas. There’s a new company coming to town that’s quietly making its mark on the rapidly growing massage-therapy industry

Massage Envy is a national franchise that takes massages out of the elite and makes them available to everyone through a monthly membership plan similar to those offered at health clubs. Members can enjoy a massage for $59, with each additional massage in the same month costing just $49

The company will open its newest clinics at Potomac Yard in Arlington on August 12th and the North College Park location in early September.  Massage Envy reports that Thirty franchise licenses have been sold in the region within the last two years and twenty-two have signed leases.

“Our goal is to allow everyone to experience the therapeutic and stress-relieving benefits of massage therapy as often as needed,” said Eric Barton, Regional Developer.

Aside from price, Massage Envy offers a number of other special features. Chief among them is convenience – the clinics are open weekends and as late as 10 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate consumers’ busy schedules.

“Our clinics also have a spa-like setting, with waiting areas and several treatment rooms,” said Barton. “The difference is that they are easily accessible for customers.” Barton also notes that memberships are transferable to Massage Envy clinics throughout the country.
       
At an estimated $11 billion, massage therapy is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, a fact that’s not surprising given Americans’ increasingly hectic lifestyles. During the past year alone, an astounding 47 million adults in the United States received a massage for everything from stress reduction to pain relief and overall relaxation.

Massage Envy has grown with the industry – from one clinic in 2002 to 439 clinics in 36 states today.  The new clinics in Arlington & College Park will bring that total to 441 and counting.  “We have a unique business model – one that benefits the company and its customers,” Barton said.

Massage Envy® Limited, LLC, is a bold concept in therapeutic massage. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company was created in 2002 upon the premise that massages should be relaxing, but also affordable and convenient. Massage Envy makes this possible through a monthly membership plan that enables customers to enjoy massages on a regular basis. The company has 439 open clinics operating in 36 states with an additional 339 clinics sold and in development. For more information, visit www.massageenvy.com .

Note: To schedule an interview or get more details on Massage Envy’s opening in Arlington or College Park, call Eric Barton at 202-787-0464.

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