Not all massage clinics are the same and certainly not all massage therapists. At Massage Envy on 4th street in St. Petersburg you will find a variety of services available on your schedule – not just there’s. In a day and age when stress in rampant, rushing to get a massage after work and before they close can be a nightmare and can even cause more stress. That’s just one reason why Massage Envy is different. Massage Envy hosts a better concept than a traditional spa. A day spa is a wonderful idea if you plan ahead and make it there before the 5 pm rush which for most people means you are going on the weekend. But for those people who don’t get a day off from their chaotic lives yet are in real need of a massage, where do you go? You head to Massage Envy!
Massage Envy 4th street location (5020 4th St. N, St. Petersburg) is convenient to I-275, old northeast St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Lealman, as well as downtown St. Petersburg. The facility has extended hours from 8 am to 10 pm Monday – Saturday and are even open on Sunday from 10 am – 8 pm, what day spa can compete with that? Try heading to your pain management doctor on a Sunday or to a day spa at 9 pm…yeah; it’s not going to happen.
A chain of massage clinics may make some people feel like they aren’t going to get that pampered treatment or that maybe the therapists aren’t as good as they would be at an overpriced spa but that truly isn’t the case when it comes to Massage Envy.. And you’ll recognize that the moment you pick up the phone to call. The staff at this clinic is superb. They are professional, well educated, and engaging. The spa is clean, well appointed, and comfortable and the therapists…well the therapists are the best part. All of Massage Envy’s massage therapists are state and locally licensed and are friendly and compassionate.
Massage envy combines getting healthy with relaxation. You get the benefits of physical therapy quality massage with the convenience and less cost of going to a spa or hassle from health insurance over getting massage in physical therapy.
Relieve stress and improve your overall health. Stress is well publicized as our downfall in western society. If you really want to change your life and live a little bit more yet can’t quite give up the rat race, consider adding in an appointment just for you…a visit to Massage Envy.
Some of the benefits of going to this particular Massage Envy location are:
Relaxation massage – light or medium pressure helps relieve toxins and promotes circulation.
Deep muscle massage – firmer pressure is applied which relieves muscle tension, loosens scar tissue and elongates muscles.
Sports massage – increases flexibility, helps improve endurance and recovery time, great addition to training routines.
Foot massage – restores balance to the body, helps relieve stress, alleviates foot pain which can throw off your gait and eventually hurt your lower back.
Cranial sacral therapy – is a gentle therapy to alleviate the tightness in the neck and head thus eliminating or decreasing headache pain, TMJD, shoulder and neck pain and improve the balance of the central nervous system.
Geriatric massage – very gentle therapy for relieving muscle tension, restores balance and flexibility, reduces pain and increases circulation to help make joints more mobile again.
Prenatal massage - helps relieve headaches and lower back symptoms, helps promote better sleep and achieve more energy.
Upgrades to a basic massage:
Aromatherapy - can be added to help either stimulate the senses or relax them. Extracts may include herbs, flower or fruits or a combination of fragrances designed specifically for the ultimate need. Therapies include scents to relieve aches and pains or anxiety, lavender garden to relax and calm the body or mint and rosemary to awaken the spirit and increase circulation.
Deep muscle therapy – includes hot and cold packs to reach deep into muscles to decrease inflammation and to aid in blood circulation which will help relieve toxins.
Deep muscle (legs and feet) – relieves pain from plantar fascitis, knee pain and other leg pain.
Deep muscle (back and neck) - for those with chronic neck and back pain due to injuries, or overworked tight muscles from an activity, this therapy treatment is a must.
Deep muscle (hands and arms) - can assist carpal tunnel, tennis elbow and shoulder pain from excessive driving.
Hot stone therapy – relieves muscle tension, increases circulation and offers concentrated heat deep to underlying muscles, great for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and rheumatic or other arthritic conditions.
Foot sugar scrub – the best of both worlds! A relaxing foot massage with the added benefit of a hydrating sugar scrub will exfoliate and soothe tired achy feet.
Facials – newest on the menu are facials which combine face massage with that of a custom designed skin treatment, using Murad Healthy Skin products.
Why not make a day of it and combine services. What could be better than a massage, scalp massage, facial and foot scrub?
Massages are customized to the client’s immediate needs. Clients fill out a registration form providing details on previous injuries and the symptoms that are currently being experienced.
Once greeted by your therapist and a discussion has ensued on what the current symptoms are you are escorted to a dimly lit massage room. Massage tables have optional heat so climbing on top of the table is actually a welcoming experience promoting relaxation in of itself. When the therapist returns to the room, and the massage begins they will encourage you to speak up about the amount of pressure being used and adjust it to your needs. Some deep massages can leave you in more pain than before you started so it’s important to not only have the right therapist but to communicate with them if they are going too deep, so they can adjust their technique.
Massage has been around for thousands of years. Touch has been used as a healing elixir for centuries. Think about the last time you pulled a muscle. The first thing you did was rub it. It’s instinctive. And the more you rub and the different techniques you use to alleviate a charlie horse or other type of pulled muscle the better and quicker you recover. Massage is scientifically proven to help anything from pulled muscles to aid digestion. Breaking up and removing toxins are the main point and too many toxins will create inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s worst enemy and at the root of many different kinds of illnesses. Actually, most diseases today are stress related. Massage is one of those treatments that get better the more you do it. Even a 15 minute massage can have profound effects. While any massage is better than none at promoting wellness a massage performed 2 or 3 times a week while seemingly a fantasy, is optimal.
How a massage helps the body heal itself
Circulation – the body will pump more oxygen and blood into tissues and vital organs
Stimulates lymph glands which can help rid the body of toxins
Body’s largest organ is the skin, and massage helps all aspects of the skin and underlying tissue
Relaxes injured, overused or abused muscles
Reduces muscle spasms and cramps
Increases flexibility in joints and the back and neck
Reduces injury recovery time and helps prepare the body for exercise
Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – a more holistic approach than using over the counter or prescription pain medication
Can help relieve the body of scar tissue which can affect the Fascia
Increases range of motion as muscles are elongated and balance is restored
Humans as social creatures are in need of touch and lack of touch can actually lead to disease or emotional problems. From the moment a baby is born it is in need of touch and even up into old age, the need for positive reassurance and caring touch can have a tremendous healing effect upon the body and of the mind.
Start your own personal health care plan…with a trip to Massage Envy. Call for their latest promotions. Introductory first time massages currently are only $49. If you become a member the rate is $59 a month for the first massage and $39 for any additional massages during the month. Memberships are flexible and can be transferred to a new Massage Envy location (there are currently 750 nationwide) and can save a lot of money down the road. Without a membership a one hour massage is currently $78, 1 ½ hr. is $114 and 2 hr. massage is $156.
Spas and massage clinics often advertise (Groupon, Living Social, Valpak) really low rates in an attempt to grab business but what do you get once you get there? Can you make an appointment on the weekend or late in the evening during the week? How about the therapists, do they love what they do and relay that positive energy to you? With so many things to doubt in this world, why have any hint of doubt about something that can have a profound effect upon your health? Don’t fall victim to deceptive advertising or misleading prices or even claims from chiropractors who claim to offer massage therapy. Try Massage Envy and begin developing a new you.