When Mike Maloy played defensive end for Boise State University’s football team, his game-related aches and pains were usually treated with cortisone shots and prescription pain pills. Knowing there had to be an alternative to drugs, he began to research holistic healing.
“It just wasn’t me. That’s not what I wanted,” Maloy said. “I wanted to figure out a better way to deal with the pain.” This spurred an interest in holistic healing and led Maloy into a career in massage.
Today, Maloy provides massage to the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team, an individual contract he has held for six years. He also provides massage to customers at the Jacksonville Beach and Harbour Village Massage Envy Spa locations in Florida.
“Sometimes I can’t believe that I get to do this and that I get to stay around the sport I love,” he said. “For a lot of people who have played football for years, when it comes to an end, it’s very depressing … I still get to be around it and experience it.”
Maloy specializes in deep tissue, neuromuscular and sports massage. He graduated with an occupational associate’s degree from the Heritage Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, his hometown, in August 2006. He then took a full-time massage therapist position with Massage Envy Spa, a national franchisor based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2008, Maloy was recognized as a Massage Envy Spa Regional Therapist of the Year, and this past March, he was named Legacy Therapist of the Year, an award that honors one massage therapist based on skill, dedication and service.
“I didn’t see that coming,” he said. “It was a huge shock.”
Winning the award, however, was not a shock to the people who work closely with Maloy.
“I was proud of him,” fellow Massage Envy massage therapist Nelson Bantique said. “He’s a great massage therapist, always booked. He definitely deserves it.”
With the award came company-wide recognition, a plaque, $300 and a trip to the 2014 Massage Envy Spa Annual Franchise Conference in Phoenix. He also had the opportunity to take continuing education classes from Whitney Lowe, a widely recognized authority on orthopedic massage for pain-and-injury treatment.
Even after receiving two prestigious, company-wide awards, Maloy said he is back to “business as usual.” He has kept his focus on learning new techniques, like manual lymphatic drainage, and participates in Massage Envy Spa’s partnerships with local community organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities and Habitat for Humanity.
“I’ve never been one to sit back and say, ‘I want to win an award–that’s my goal,’” he said. “I think when you do the right things, when you do what you’re supposed to do, good things will happen.”
Massage Envy Harbor Village Spa Administrator Jessi Holesko said it’s that kind of attitude that made him so deserving of the award. Working with Maloy is never boring, she said, as he keeps everyone’s spirits up with his positive energy and upbeat personality.
Moving forward, Maloy said he simply intends to continue to learn new ways to help heal the body, provide good service and give great massages.
About the Author
Emily Roland is MASSAGE Magazine and Chiropractic Economics’ digital editor.