Hand & Stone massage franchise company announced in October plans to expand into Canada. The company has 12 locations open in the U.S. and 35 more in the planning stages; its administration claims 100 Canadian locations will open over the next five years.

Siblings Brett and Gigi Harding will serve as the master licensees responsible for debuting the Hand & Stone brand in Canada.

“As the population ages, maintains and even exceeds its high level of activity, people are going to need somewhere where they can go to de-stress,” said Gigi Harding. “Brett and I are hoping to expand this mentality throughout Canada with Hand and Stone and give local residents an excuse to literally sit back and relax.”

For an indepth look at the role of franchises in the massage industry, see “Massage Franchises: Low Prices and Convenience Bring Consumers to Massage,” in the April 2008 issue.