National Massage Franchise Raises Nearly $900,000 for the Arthritis Foundation, MASSAGE MagazineTop Massage Therapy Schools in the United States Showcased at Annual Franchise Conference

Scottsdale, Ariz.Massage Envy Spa, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the United States, announced the winners of its second annual “Excellence in Education” Award, which highlights the best-in-class massage therapy schools in the nation.

The top schools were selected based on the following criteria

  • Educational program
  • Curriculum
  • Level of student and graduate support
  • Involvement within the industry
  • Graduate feedback
  • Additional outstanding achievements
  • Recognition from accrediting agencies and industry associations

The awards, recently presented at Massage Envy Spa’s annual franchise conference in front of thousands of attendees in Phoenix, Arizona, were given to:

  • Wellspring School of Allied Health – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Everest College – Seattle, Washington
  • American Career College – Ontario, California
  • Irene’s Myomassology Institute – Detroit, Michigan
  • Bellus Academy – San Diego, California
  • Lauterstein-Conway Massage School – Austin, Texas

“We’re proud to honor these institutions for their commitment to upholding the highest standards of training and education for the industry’s future practitioners,” said CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy Spa. “As massage therapy continues to evolve, these leading schools are ensuring that students are equipped with the necessary training and knowledge to be prepared for a rewarding career opportunity.”

As the demand for alternative wellness services like massage therapy continues to rise, so does the need for professional massage therapists and estheticians. According to U.S. News & World Report, massage therapy was named one of The Best Jobs in 2014 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of more than 20 percent between 2012 and 2022, adding 30,000 more jobs to the field.

Since its inception in 2002, 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 1.5 million services to a total of more than 1.5 million members every month.

Today, a career in massage therapy offers incredible growth and creative employment opportunities, including flexible work schedules, active and healthy work environments and sustainable incomes.

The more than 980 Massage Envy Spa locations across the country offer a variety of massage treatments including Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal and Geriatric. 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 980 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 $2 million in three, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #88 in Franchise Time’s Top 200, #54 in Entrepreneur’s 2014 Franchise 500 and #24 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.