National Massage Franchise Raises Nearly $900,000 for the Arthritis Foundation, MASSAGE MagazineMore than 100 professionals recognized for commitment and devotion to wellness service

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Massage Envy Spa, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the United States, was pleased to announce the 108 Therapists and Estheticians of the Year at its Annual Franchise Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In recognition of Massage Envy Spa’s focus on total body care, this year marks the first time to equally recognize the talents of both massage therapists and estheticians that work passionately every day.

Recognizing best-in-class service across the network, Massage Envy Spa’s Therapist of the Year program is an annual award encompassing a network of more than 1,000 Massage Envy Spa locations in the United States. From a group of dedicated and caring staff of more than 25,000 professional massage therapists and estheticians, winners were recognized for their high levels of professionalism, exceptional client care and consistently upholding the tenants of therapeutic touch.

“At Massage Envy Spa, we are proud to recognize the therapists and estheticians who display the utmost in professionalism and care to our members and guests while remaining true to providing a convenient pathway to wellness,” said CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy Spa. “Massage and esthetician treatments play an important role in a person’s overall well-being, and this year’s honorees are simply passionate about their craft, helping people feel better and contributing to their clinic’s success.”

In addition, the fourth annual Legacy Therapist of the Year award, created to honor continued commitment and service to Massage Envy Spa from previous therapist and esthetician of the year winners, went to Wendy Greene from Virginia South. Greene has been with Massage Envy Spa for seven years and has performed more than 6,600 massages. Since first being honored as a 2009 Therapist of the Year, she has become a mentor for new therapists, offering support and coaching on becoming more efficient in client counseling and massage techniques. She also serves as an ambassador for Massage Envy Spa at local massage therapy schools and clinics.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase through 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, adding 30,000 more jobs to the field. And U.S. News & World Report reported that massage therapy was named one of The Best Jobs in 2014 and one of The Best Health Care Jobs in 2014. Massage Envy Spa has created more than 21,000 new massage therapist positions and projects to add 1,500 new positions annually through 2018. Additionally, the company provides over 1.5 million services a month to more than 1.5 million members.As wellness services and offerings continue to become more mainstream in treating stress, managing pain, improving flexibility and more, Massage Envy Spa’s Therapists and Estheticians of the Year are already well-established members of an industry where professionals are in high-demand and growth continues to accelerate.

The more than 1,000 Massage Envy Spa locations across the country offer a variety of massage treatments including Swedish, trigger point, deep tissue, sports and prenatal. The proven benefits of routine massage include improved circulation, joint flexibility and posture, relief from pain and swelling caused by arthritis, reduced blood pressure, fatigue, migraine pain and stress, as well as improved sleep, concentration and overall sense of well-being. Other services that are part of Massage Envy Spa’s Enhanced Therapies menu include aroma therapy, sugar foot scrub therapy and deep muscle therapy, which can be added to any massage to enhance the experience and stress relief.

About Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchised locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has more than 1,000 franchise locations in 49 states and 1.5 million members. In addition, the average unit volume for a franchise location is $1.35 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $3 million in four, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked no. 1 Best Franchise with an initial investment of $500,001 and up by Forbes, no. 79 in Franchise Time’s Top 200, no. 54 in Entrepreneur’s 2014 Franchise 500 and no. 27 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise.

To learn more about Massage Envy Spa careers, visit www.massageenvycareers.com.

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