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

Massage Envy Spa, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the United States, recognized six schools with its third annual “Excellence in Education” Award, which highlights the best-in-class massage therapy and spa schools in the nation at the Annual Franchise Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award honors the contributions and work these schools go through to make such a difference in the massage and skincare industries.

The six schools were selected based on their educational programs; curriculum; levels of student and graduate support; involvement within the industry; graduate feedback; additional outstanding achievements; and recognition from accrediting agencies and industry associations.

“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. “These are amazing institutions and are led by passionate and committed leaders. As the massage and skincare industries continue to evolve, these leading schools are ensuring that students are equipped with the necessary training and knowledge to be prepared for rewarding career opportunities.”


School Name

New Jersey

Institute for Therapeutic Massage


East West College of Healing Arts


Southeastern College

Los Angeles West

Southern California Health Institute


Spa Tech Institute

Virginia South

Centura College

As the demand for alternative wellness services such as 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 one of The Best Health Care Jobs in 2014. 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 25,000 massage therapists and esthetician positions and projects to add approximately 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.

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 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.

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