Fit941 Profile: MASSAGE ENVY SPA

fitness-profile-massage-envy-spaTake it from the Mayo Clinic, a massage can help with anxiety and headaches, insomnia and stress, digestive disorders and fibromyalgia, and, not surprisingly, can greatly help in healing sports injuries and soft tissue strains. But beyond the physical comfort the body enjoys during and after a massage is the feeling and sense of relaxation, comfort, and connectedness. And with the latter, connectedness, Massage Envy of Sarasota is really on to something special. In two of its three locations, Massage Envy now features couples massage rooms.

Co-owner Eric Seace, who with his family have owned and operated the popular Dream Weaver in St. Armand’s Circle, opened the first Massage Envy Sarasota location in 2008 and since expanded to meet client demand. Massage Envy is at once acclaimed and now, with the couple’s rooms, very much sought after.

“We were outgrowing our 10-room clinic, so we relocated in the same plaza a few doors down increasing to 14 rooms. We are now the anchor store at the Expo on Clark, and we are very happy with our new clinic,” Eric says. “A couple’s room was added to the new space, and was an instant hit. So much so, that we reconfigured our Midtown location to accommodate couples massage as well. We have many couples who make a date night by combining a nice dinner and massage evening together, or sometimes a weekend getaway of a nice bike ride or walk, and a massage,” he adds.

The addition of the couples rooms have only added to the popularity of Massage Envy, where clients rave about the skill, care and dedication of the 125 therapists it employs.

“We are proud of our team in Sarasota; they are caring, hardworking, and really concerned about our members getting exactly what they want from their visit,” he says. “We have found that each visit from our clients is different, as their needs change from day to day, we pride ourselves on providing customized individual sessions. Our staff listens and then delivers a great experience. We are proud of the team we have developed over the last eight years.”

Eric says Massage Envy members are as into massage as is his team, making it a part of their lives, often therapeutically. “Our members will often utilize a variety of our therapists depending on what is happening in their lives,” Eric says. “Someone might see a therapist that specializes in headaches one day, or seek someone skilled at relieving back pain, then on the next visit enjoy some reflexology on their feet.”

Eric says their friendly front desk staff is “great at recommending someone to fit client needs for each visit. “Some people have their ‘go-to’ therapist, but we encourage people to try different therapists and different techniques as each has its own special benefits and characteristics,” he says.

In addition to massage, Massage Envy delivers when it comes to skin care given its longstanding partnership with Murad, known as a skincare industry powerhouse. Eric says clients take advantage of affordable, professional facials from skilled and highly trained estheticians, with protocols designed exclusively for Massage Envy by Murad.

Also soon set to launch is the Expo on Clark location’s new hot stone program.

“Currently our therapists are being trained, our equipment has already been installed,” Eric says. Soon clients will have access to massage, skin care and hot stone.”

And Massage Envy almost never closes. Hours at each location are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the weekends, which means, “There’s no excuse to not find time for you,” Eric says.

Massage Envy Sarasota locations are: North at 2855 University Parkway, 941-556-6400; South at 4055 Clark Road, 941-927-6200; and Midtown at 1279 S. Tamiami Trail, 941-308-7600. For more information, visit clinics/FL/Sarasota.