Massage Envy Provides Solution to Holiday Stress

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New Study Shows the Benefits of Massage are Far Reaching

Relieve stress with a massage this holiday season

Massage therapy is one of the most effective methods for achieving stress relief by lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, encouraging circulation and increasing endorphins.

Believe it or not – the holidays are upon us. As joyful as they may be, this time of year also brings added stress. Now is the time to plan ahead with regular therapeutic massages for stress relief. A recent study by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center found massage therapy decreases levels of a stress hormone called cortisol and increases the number of lymphocytes -- white blood cells that are a part of the immune system.

Massage Envy makes monthly therapeutic massage an easy, affordable and convenient part of a wellness program. The company’s 640 centers across the U.S. provide a variety of massage offerings including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, trigger point, hot stone, prenatal and reflexology. Additionally, the company recently introduced its Choices program giving guests the option of adding AromaTherapy or Deep Heat Relief Muscle Therapy to their service. At Massage Envy Spa locations, Murad healthy skin facials are available as well as massage.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, 40 percent of Americans who get massages are doing it to relieve their stress. More and more people are recognizing that massage is not a pampering luxury, rather it’s an important element of their ongoing wellness routine. Since 2008, Massage Envy memberships have increased from 467,000 to 840,000 despite the recession.

“These recent findings reinforce what our customers experience every day,” said CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development at Massage Envy. “Massage therapy is one of the most effective methods for achieving stress relief by lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, encouraging circulation and increasing endorphins.”

With a Massage Envy membership, monthly dues include a one-hour massage session and unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the low membership rate. With regular massages at Massage Envy, this holiday season can be one with less stress. Massage Envy centers are open late and on weekends to accommodate busy holiday schedules.

Visit http://www.MassageEnvy.com to find the nearest Massage Envy center. All are open seven days a week.

About Massage Envy

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise of massage centers is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Massage Envy Spa is its newest concept, offering Murad® healthy skin facials as well as therapeutic massages. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has 640 locations in 42 states, with new centers opening every month. The company was recently named a top AllBusiness (a D&B company) AllStar Franchise, and is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA). For more information, visit http://www.MassageEnvy.com.

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