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click to enlarge Regular massages can lower blood presssure and strengthen the immune system
  • Regular massages can lower blood presssure and strengthen the immune system

A massage is the ultimate way to relax and savor a moment of serenity away from the hectic pace of daily life. With four locations in the greater New Orleans area and late evening hours, Massage Envy (701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0007; 819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 496-9000; 3471 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, 985-626-6260; 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8980; provides an accessible, affordable way for people to pamper themselves, relieve stress, soothe aches and pains and rejuvenate their bodies.

  "We consider ourselves a therapeutic clinic," says Brian Grenrood, regional developer for Massage Envy in Louisiana and Mississippi's Gulf coast. Whether requesting traditional Swedish massage, a deep tissue rub, or even a prenatal massage for moms-to-be, clients can expect a massage that is tailored to their needs.

  "Therapists design massages around the body," Grenrood says.

  Regular massages can lead to health benefits, including improved posture and circulation, lowered blood pressure, a strengthened immune system and relief of tension-related headaches. All locations offer a membership package that allows participants to receive therapeutic massages at about half the price of what the services normally cost at a spa.

  Massage Envy recently became a provider of facials designed by Dr. Howard Murad, a Los Angeles dermatologist. Specially formulated products from Murad's skincare line add the finishing touch to four different revitalizing experiences, including a vitamin C infusion, an acne clarifying treatment, an anti-aging remedy and an option for sensitive skin.

  In addition to a wide range of services, the convenience offered by Massage Envy's numerous locations keeps clients coming back, Grenrood says. A strategic yet simple business model of being professional, affordable and convenient has allowed the franchise to grow to 630 locations nationwide. Six locations in the Louisiana region employ more than 100 massage therapists and aestheticians, all of whom are state licensed and nationally certified. With locations open daily from Uptown to Lafitte, La., "we can work into your schedule. You don't have to work into ours," Grenrood says.

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