Front Desk Associates Karla Thompson and Katrina Steier at the Palm City Massage Envy location.

MARTIN COUNTY – Whether you’re in need of a massage to loosen up tight muscles and relieve stress or simply want to add a refreshing glow to your skin, a visit to one of the local Massage Envy clinics can be just the ticket to make 2019 a much healthier and happier new year.

Since 2007, people have traveled to Palm City to choose from a plethora of Massage Envy services, ranging from an extensive menu of facials, massages, advanced skin-care treatments and several types of exfoliation services. The local franchise of the national chain expanded even further in 2012 with the opening of the Stuart location in 2012 by Alyssa and Jamie Kimble, who subsequently purchased the Palm City clinic in 2017. Founded in 2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona, the very successful Massage Envy franchise has grown to include some 1,175 franchise locations across the nation, which means no matter where you roam, you can always count on the same quality of service you receive right here in Martin County.

If you find yourself struggling to handle elevated stress levels, then you should know that research has found that a massage can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, all which contribute to an enhanced feeling of calm relaxation. In addition to stress relief, regular massage treatments can reduce pain, improve posture, increase your energy levels and enhance your overall physical and mental performance. The professional therapists and estheticians of Massage Envy customize every massage session to address individual needs and are continually looking to evolve what the company refers to as the Total Body Care Experience through innovation and personalization.

As a result, the company launched its cutting-edge CyMe Boost massage treatments last summer, a series of six highly-concentrated serums blended with skin-enhancing lotions to personalize the massage experiences of its clients. These antioxidant-rich lotions help clarify and balance the skin and promote a radiant, more youthful-looking appearance. The choices include Energizing Boost, which contains guarana seed extract and caffeine to stimulate the skin for a more radiant and youthful look; Clarifying Boast, which helps clarify and balance the skin by removing impurities from the surface of the skin; Renewing Boost, designed to support supple and firm skin for a more resilient, brighter and youthful look; Purifying Boost, which works to purify skin for a smoother, brighter and healthier-looking appearance; Firming Boost, a moisturizing serum that minimizes the appearance of lines and leaves skin soft and satin-smooth; and Hydrating Boost, which intensely hydrates and penetrates to the lower layers of skin, providing lasting moisture and increasing the skin's natural luminescence. The latter is also one of the most popular among Martin County clients according to Ms. Kimble.

Massage Envy also offers a broad variety of facials, which can minimize wrinkles and help provide a more radiant appearance by combating the effects of prolonged exposure to the wind and sun through cellular hydration. Massage Envy’s skin specialists are known as Glow Gurus, who are all experienced, trained, and licensed or certified estheticians who care about the health of your skin and can provide you with a variety of skincare services and advanced treatments like Microderm Infusion and Chemical Peels.

If you opt for the company’s Microderm Infusion, a local Glow Guru will utilize a patented, diamond treatment head to exfoliate the skin on your face and instantly apply a customizable, infusion serum after removing residual skin cells. While traditional microdermabrasion treatments exfoliate and extract, this exclusive, Massage Envy treatment uses precision-timed hydration to provide a 3-in-1 professional-grade, advanced skincare treatment. Clients can also choose a Chemical Peel featuring PCA SKIN® that increases cell turnover to reveal a fresh, healthy glow. A chemical peel helps improve the surface texture of your complexion, diminishes fine lines and the effects of aging, reduces skin inflammations, acne marks and hyperpigmentation and helps to brighten and tighten your skin for a more youthful, glowing appearance. The PCA SKIN treatment includes a post-procedure kit to help speed recovery time and maximize results. You may even notice afterward that your own skincare products perform better because there are no longer any dead cells slowing the penetration and effectiveness of your creams and lotions.

In addition to the aforementioned facials and other skin treatments, Massage Envy’s estheticians offer other services including Exfoliating Hand Treatments, which help exfoliate and hydrate the backs of your hands, arms and elbows; Exfoliating Foot Treatments that soothe tired feet with an exfoliating sugar scrub and moisturizing body butter; an Anti-Aging Eye Treatment, which helps reduce signs of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes; Neck & Décolleté Treatments that target the neck and décolleté to firm up sagging and loose skin while reducing lines and redness; and an Exfoliating Lip Therapy, which cleanses and restores your lips through the removal of dead skin cells followed by a softening and moisturizing process afterwards.

Ms. Kimble explained that one of Massage Envy’s newest services is the Streto™ Total Body Stretch, an exclusive head-to-toe assisted stretch that combines years of expertise with the latest stretch research to help clients increase mobility, flexibility and improve muscle function. Available in 30- or 60-minute sessions, Streto™ Total Body Stretch incorporates deep, synchronized breathing techniques to relax your mind and body; provides an increased range of motion through the stimulation of your body’s natural lubricants; promotes muscular balance that can help you feel taller and stand straighter, rebuilding your posture; and increases the blood supply throughout your body by increasing elasticity in muscles, joints, connective tissue and blood vessels.

Massage Envy also offers customers a nationwide membership that enables clients to enjoy monthly services at lower rates and discounts on additional services. Good at more than 1,100 locations across the country, the membership benefits also include a 60-minute Wellness Massage, Total Body Stretch or Healthy Skin facial session once a month; unlimited additional sessions at discounted member rates; a rollover of unused monthly sessions; and discounts on other products or services. Ms. Kimble explained other significant benefits to membership.

“The most valuable benefit of membership is the ability to get a great service for a reasonable price,” she explained. “And the fact that when you come in on a regular basis, you feel better and the therapists are able to work and solve problem areas.”

The Martin County Massage Envy franchises are located at 2927 S.W. High Meadows Ave. in Palm City, and at 1503 N.W. Federal Highway in Stuart. For more information, call (772) 287-1177 (Palm City) and (772) 497-7500 (Stuart) or visit the website at www.massageenvy.com. There is also a Port St. Lucie franchise under different ownership at 1707 N.W. St. Lucie West Blvd., (772) 344-0222.

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