March 1-7 National Sleep Awareness Week

DALLAS, March 3, 2009 –The national debt isn’t the only big deficit in the U.S. Sleep deficit is also a major problem. Millions of Americans wake up tired in the morning because they didn’t sleep well.

“When you regularly get less than seven hours sleep a night, you’re running a sleep deficit,” said Lance O’Pry, Dallas/Fort Worth regional developer for Massage Envy, the leading provider of massage therapy in the U.S. “Missing sleep affects your thinking ability, mood, and immunity.”

March 1-8 is National Sleep Awareness Week. Mr. O’Pry suggests regular massage therapy as “a wonderful way to relax, ease tension and set the stage for a good night’s sleep. Many of our customers find that a good massage before going to bed is just what’s needed for uninterrupted slumber. Massage Envy locations are open late, till 10 p.m. on weekdays. Better yet, pair a massage and a bath for the ultimate in before-bedtime soothing.”

Mr. O’Pry commented further, “Many of our Massage Envy clients say they sleep much deeper and more restfully after a massage. Our health is compromised when we are stressed and sleep deprived.”

According to Massage Envy member Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, president of The Productivity Pro® Inc., consultant and author of Find More Time and Leave the Office Earlier she says that it’s important to focus on how you sleep as much as how much sleep you get each night.

1. Start to think of sleep as something you deserve, a hard-earned reward at the end of a busy day.
2. Fall asleep to the soothing sound of a ceiling fan instead, or try earplugs if you have a sleeping companion who snores. Picture it: pure peace and quiet; a moment alone with your thoughts.
3. Stack recommends that you stop exercising four to five hours before bed to give your body a chance to relax. Have your last meal no less than two hours before bed.
4. Table arguments and conflicts until you have had a restful sleep.

Recent scientific research also proves that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress levels and reduces recovery time in many medical conditions including:
• Allergies
• Depression and Anxiety
• Arthritis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Asthma and Bronchitis
• Circulatory Problems
• Insomnia
• Sports Injuries
• Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
• Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Musculo-Skeletal Disorders

Introductory 1-hour massage session (consists of 50 minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $39. Memberships are available for $49 per month and include one 1-hour massage session. Members may also enjoy unlimited additional 1-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate. For more information, log on to to find the nearest Massage Envy clinic. There are 25 locations in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

About Massage Envy
Massage Envy Limited, LLC is a national franchise of massage therapy clinics dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has opened 500 clinics in 38 states in just over five years, with 300 more franchises currently under development from coast to coast and 25 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. For more information about Massage Envy, visit the website at