Scottsdale, Ariz. (March 10, 2010) – Massage Envy, the nation’s largest massage therapy provider, has announced it is now the official Guinness World Record holder for the most people being massaged simultaneously in one location. The history-making event took place Oct. 25, 2009, in Rosslyn, Virginia, at the annual Marine Corps Marathon where therapists provided 167 grateful runners with massages at the same time. In total, more than 5,000 massages were performed the day of the event.

“This is a tremendous achievement for our company and a testament to our hard working therapists,” said CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development at Massage Envy. “Massage therapy is not only important for athletes, but regular sessions can help poor circulation and ease any strains or pains you may experience from everyday activities.”

“We’re thrilled that Massage Envy now officially holds the new world record,” said Virginia North Area Regional Director Eric Barton. “We’re happy to give back to the Marine Corps Marathon participants and to share this world-wide honor with the local community.”

“On behalf of Massage Envy Corporate, we would like to give a special recognition to Charles Fisher, owner of the Dumfries and Fredericksburg Massage Envy clinics in Virginia and Eric Barton for not only coming up with this fabulous idea, but for their leadership in accomplishing their goal,” Funk said.

Massage Envy has partnered with the Marine Corps Marathon for the past three years, providing massages for runners as they complete the race. Last year marks the first year Massage Envy attempted to break the world record, which was previously set in London, England in 2007 with 154 people being massaged at the same time.

About Massage Envy

Massage Envy Franchising LLC, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a leading provider of therapeutic massage in the U.S. The national franchise of massage clinics is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Massage Envy Spa is its newest concept, offering Murad® healthy skin facials as well as therapeutic massages. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has opened more than 600 clinics in 42 states, with new locations opening every month. For more information, visit