Annual award created to showcase top massage therapy schools in the U.S.

Massage Envy Spa Launches Inaugural 'Excellence in Education' Award, MASSAGE MagazineScottsdale, AZ. Massage Envy Spa, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the U.S., has announced the winners of its first “Excellence in Education” Award designed to highlight 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 and recognition from accrediting agencies and industry associations.

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

  • Central Florida School of Massage – Orlando, Florida
  • National Holistic Institute – Emeryville, San Francisco, San Jose, Petaluma, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Orange County, California
  • Anthem College – Fenton, Missouri
  • National Massage Therapy Institute – Falls Church, Virginia
  • Phoenix College – Phoenix, Arizona
  • Colorado School of Healing Arts – Lakewood, Colorado

“We’re excited to recognize and honor these schools for their commitment to training and educating a new generation of massage therapists,” said CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy Spa. “As the tangible health benefits of massage therapy are further explored and scientifically researched, it’s critical that schools such as Massage Envy Spa’s ‘Excellence in Education Award’ winners continue to fill the industry’s need professionally educated massage therapists.”

Now, more than ever, people are recognizing the value of alternative wellness services such as massage therapy. As popularity increases, so do professional massage therapist and esthetician career opportunities. According to U.S. News & World Report, massage therapy was named one of the best jobs in 2012 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of more than 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 30,900 more jobs to the 153,700 jobs currently in the field. In the 10 years since its inception, Massage Envy Spa has created 21,000 new massage therapists positions and projects to add 1,500 new positions annually through 2018.

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. Massage Envy Spa is the country’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with more than 21,000 therapists providing more than 250,000 massages every week.

Today, there are more than 880 Massage Envy and Massage Envy Spa locations in 47 states, making it the largest system of franchised massage clinics in the industry. The company also is the world’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with at least 18,000 therapists providing over 16 million massages a year to a total of more than 1.3 million members.

Massage Envy Spa offers 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. Additionally, Massage Envy Spa offers facials designed by Dr. Murad, the leader in skin care science. Customers can choose from four different Murad® Healthy Skin facials including Environmental Shield® Vitamin C, Clarifying Enzyme Acne, Anti-Aging and Sensitive Skin.

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About Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the U.S. 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 880 locations in 47 states. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy has raised more than $1 million in two, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. For more information, visit