Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (Feb 28, 2011): “We live in such a fast-paced society, it is very rare we have a moment to focus on our own bodies,” says Lance O’Pry, Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Developer for Massage Envy. “That’s one of the healing benefits of massage; it’s a meditative time to focus inward and relax.”

Regardless of the area of the body, therapeutic massage can reduce tightness and pain and promote healing. Different parts of the body benefit from massage in different ways:

HEAD: Scalp massage can be extremely relaxing. Muscles on the scalp are responsible for making facial expressions, and there can be a lot of tension there, especially when staring at a computer all day or when under stress. Many people feel that tension melt away when their head is massaged.

NECK: You can blame your office job for the stiffness in your neck. Sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, your shoulder blades start rising up, shortening and tightening the neck muscles. Regular massage can help loosen the muscles and prevent stiffening.

HANDS: We use our hands for everything — typing, clutching the steering wheel, holding the phone, changing a light bulb. Massage feels good because there are so many places to focus on. The thumb pad alone has nine muscles, and the hand is full of trigger points.

BACK: The back is greatly affected by the front. When you sit slumped and don’t exercise much, your abs become weak and don’t help hold up the spine. Your back has to do extra work to compensate.

ABDOMEN: Closely connected to the back, the muscles in your abdomen need love too. One group in particular, the iliopsoas, pulls on the front of your spine. It’s a typical culprit of low-back pain. Another muscle group that can contribute to pain is the deepest back muscle, the quadratus lumborum.

LEGS: Our lower limbs are complex, with several interdependent joints. Knees are easily affected by what’s going on in the hips or ankles. Legs also are often prone to injury. Massage therapists at DFW Massage Envy centers are trained to know the range of motion of joints and can help with healing of muscles.

FEET: Foot pain can be life-changing. You might not want to stand, which often prohibits exercise, which can lead to weight gain, perpetuating the cycle. But massage can help bring circulation to the area and even help with mobilization of the foot bones.

Massage Envy is open in 42 states, with 638 centers nationwide and 27 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $49. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members can enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate.

Log on to www.massageenvy.com to find the nearest Massage Envy center. All centers are open seven days a week.