Disclosure: Massage Envy provided me with a complimentary massage in exchange for my honest review.
Have you ever had a massage? I am always surprised when I meet people who haven’t had one. I’ve had more than I can count.
Not only can massages relieve muscle tension and be a great natural way to manage chronic pain and stress, but regular massages can also support your overall health by increasing your circulation and helping your lymph system work more effectively. I carry tension in my neck and shoulders so I pretty much always will benefit from a massage, but right now I am running more often and running longer distances, so the extra care and attention to my muscles helps with my recovery.
A few days ago I visited my local Massage Envy for the purpose of this review. I had been to a similar place many years ago and wasn’t completely sold on the experience, so I had a healthy amount of skepticism with me when I arrived. The location I visited this time was in a shopping center and easy to access – only about ten minutes from my house (for my hyper-local folks, it was across from Gleannloch Farms).
The shopping center is off of a heavily traveled and noisy road, but finding a spot to park was not a problem. I parked and put up my sun shade since it’s still quite hot here in the Houston area. As I walked in to the spa, the immediate contrast from the noise and heat outside was noticeable. The waiting area was cool, calm, and quiet and I was greeted with friendly smiles and comforting voices. The staff did not know at that point I was there to write a review, so it was clear this is the normal procedure.
Once I gave my name I was greeted by my own personal massage coordinator who took me through the brief process of paperwork and asking questions that would be relevant for the massage therapist. If you’ve never had a massage, they need a short health history. It’s a this point you should share any concerns or questions you may have. They will also ask general lifestyle questions, whether this is your first massage, and what you are hoping to gain from the experience.
My coordinator was delightful and made me feel like I was important – again, it felt like this was the normal protocol. After the questionnaire I was introduced to my therapist. We spoke briefly regarding my specific issues and I let her know I’d had many massages. However, if this had been my first, I would’ve taken that time to ask more questions or clarify anything I was unsure of as I felt absolutely welcome to do so.
My massage therapist was young but absolutely knew what she was doing. Not only was it a peaceful and relaxing experience, but she addressed some of the physical issues I’d been having and we had a nice chat about running. After I put myself back together, she brought me a water bottle and led me out to the front where my coordinator checked me out.
Massage Envy has membership plans so that you can visit them on a monthly basis and this location also offers facials (I’ve never had a facial). I didn’t feel pressured to join or anything, but had the info I needed in case I wanted to go that route.
I was very pleased with my experience at this Massage Envy location. The level of customer service was on par with any spa I’ve been to and my therapist was just as good as any I’d seem in the past. I will definitely go back in the future.
On September 17th, Massage Envy will host it’s 4th Annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event. On this date, $10 from every one-hour massage or facial session will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation. That would be a great day to schedule a massage, wouldn’t it?
Are you in the Houston area? I am giving away a gift card for a one-hour session valid at any Houston-area Massage Envy. To enter the giveaway, first comment below – tell me your favorite part of getting a massage OR why you are hesitant about getting one. Step two is to go back to the giveaway box – sign in with email or Facebook – and click the box that says you’ve entered. Remember: this giveaway prize is only valid at Houston-area Massage Envy locations.