Massage Envy Celebrates National Award Winners

Massage Envy Celebrates National Award Winners

Massage Envy, the nation's No. 1 provider of massage in the U.S. collectively across its franchise network and a national leader in skin care, has announced the winners of its national awards program at the organization's 2024 Annual Performance Summit held in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards recognize franchisees and their employees as well as schools across the country that embody Massage Envy's core values of optimism, gratitude, excellence, consistency, and empathy.

"One meaningful way franchisees can recognize their employees' hard work is through the national award program and I am thrilled to honor the incredible achievements of their teams across the country," said Todd Schrader, CEO of Massage Envy. "While there are so many employees that make franchised locations a space of comfort and renewal for guests and members, these select few have demonstrated the values that our brand holds in the highest esteem, and we thank them for their contributions.

Winners are first recognized regionally as Regional Therapists of the Year, Regional Estheticians of the Year and Regional Managers of the Year. All regional winners are then invited to and awarded at Massage Envy's Summit. The following awards were presented for the 2023 calendar year:

National Therapist of the Year: Katryna Ousley, Massage Therapist at Massage Envy Fairlawn, Ohio Franchised Location: According to her manager, Ousley exemplifies Massage Envy's values through her dedication to creating relationships and helping clients on their healing journeys. She not only personifies ambition, empathy, motivation, and support but encourages others to do the same. Gina Wolonsky, Manager of Massage Envy in Fairlawn, Ohio, shared, "Katryna leads by example with a positive joyful attitude and commitment to helping others begin and continue their well-being journey. Katryna not only demonstrates superior dedication; she also cares deeply about every client."

National Esthetician of the Year: Jordan Shepler, Esthetician at Massage Envy Davenport, Iowa Franchised Location: According to his franchisee, Shepler is committed to going above and beyond, sharing knowledge across franchises, and creating one-of-a-kind experiences for clients. Margaret Ortiz, Franchisee of Massage Envy in Davenport, Iowa, shared, "Very quickly the teams in Davenport and Ankeny recognized the star qualities that he possesses. Because of his passion for skin care and helping clients on a journey of wellness, he began making a profound impact on the culture of the team."

National Sales Associate of the Year: Tia Deloach (Patricia), Front Desk Associate at Massage Envy White Marsh, Maryland Franchised Location: As shared by her manager, Deloach, embodies the brand's core values and emanates positivity and warmth in everything she does. According to Rebecca Altner, Manager at Massage Envy White Marsh, "Tia's optimism is so contagious - she approaches every moment with positivity, brightening everyone's day, especially when they need it the most. She can take one look at you and know if you need a warm embrace, a safe space to speak your feelings, or just a quick pep talk. She's such a cheerleader!"

National Manager of the Year: Suelynn Elder, Manager at Massage Envy Sarasota-Midtown, Florida Franchised Location: Elder is hailed by her franchised location's multi-unit manager as the driving force behind the success and community at her Massage Envy franchised location. Her creativity shines through, striving to create an enjoyable work environment through contests and initiatives. "Suelynn is the heartbeat of her location. She is an inspiring and supportive leader who always exceeds expectations and strives for perfection," said Ash Clarke, Multi-Unit Manager of franchised locations in North Florida.

National Stretch Service Provider of the Year: Shantle Brown, Stretch Service Provider at Massage Envy Bowie Woodmore, Maryland Franchised Location: According to her franchised location's Director of Operations, Brown finds purpose and fulfillment in her role as a Stretch Service Provider and is dedicated to serving others. Her passion for educating others underscores her commitment to enhancing her clients' lives beyond the confines of the clinic. Lisa Shive, Director of Operations of franchised locations, including in Maryland, said, "She comes in everyday with a goal of serving others and stretching has given her purpose… She loves educating others that routine stretching is so impactful in your total overall well-being."

Franchisee of the Year: Janelle Presti, Franchisee at Massage Envy Canton, Connecticut Franchised Location: Presti's team and peers recognize that she exemplifies each of the brand's values of optimism, gratitude, excellence, consistency, and empathy. A fellow Connecticut Franchisee expresses, "To say she is a wise business owner would be an understatement. Her business metrics have been nothing but stellar with her location continuing to grow and proving to be successful. Janelle embodies the ME values and her role as franchisee is model. She is smart, supportive, innovative and cares about her ME family; from her employees to other franchisees, and right up to leadership. The ME network would be an even better place with more franchisees like Janelle. She fulfills the ME promise, "We help you take care of you"! She is incredibly deserving of the title of Franchisee of the Year."

Spirit Award: Lari Jarvis and Nate McFarland, Regional Developers and Franchisees in Hawaii, and Team Hawaii: Massage Envy would like to thank Lari Jarvis and Nate McFarland. The Hawaiian teams demonstrate remarkable resilience, generosity, and commitment to their community, cornerstones of the Massage Envy vision. Lauren Grucky, Director of Field Operations at Massage Envy shared, "The Hawaii Massage Envy team truly embodies the spirit of the Spirit Award. Their actions serve as an inspiration to all. Lari Jarvis & Nate McFarland are an inspiration in their own ME journey and commitment to the brand."

Excellence in Education Awards: The following awards are issued to schools that exhibit a commitment to moving the massage profession forward and innovating on their role as a massage school.

Southeastern College Charlotte

Sarasota School of Massage Therapy

The Professional Massage Academy

Academy of Natural Therapy

This year's award gala took place on March 26 in Nashville, Tennessee as part of the Massage Envy Annual Performance Summit. "I want to thank everyone for joining us to celebrate these winners. We look forward to a productive 2024 and can't wait to see what accomplishments the year will bring," said Schrader. For more information about Massage Envy, please visit

Spavia Day Spa Offering $50k to Deserving Moms

Spavia Day Spa Offering 50k to Deserving Moms

Spavia Day Spa, the resort-inspired day spa with 58 locations nationwide, is thrilled to announce its Mother's Day giveaway, offering guests the chance to win "Mom's Ultimate Luxury Spa Gift Basket." The giveaway, launching on World Health Day (April 7), kicks off with Spavia locations across the nation hosting open house events, setting the stage for a month-long celebration of moms and the importance of women's wellness everywhere.

Throughout the Mother's Day promotion, Spavia is igniting a movement of compassion and solidarity with concerted efforts to fundraise for local nonprofits dedicated to uplifting women and families. The goal is fostering a community where the act of celebrating your mom also becomes a beacon of hope and support for moms, women, and families in your very own neighborhood.

While events vary per spa, participating locations are hosting "Mom's Ultimate Luxury Spa Gift Basket" giveaway. This golden prize giveaway is a carefully curated collection of spa and self-care essentials donated from Spavia's vendor partners and designed to help mom relax, recenter and renew. Valued at $1,000, the basket includes an array of thoughtful gifts and signature products used in Spavia's result-driven treatments, promising an unparalleled reaction from a lucky winner in each Spavia market. Collectively, the Spavia brand is expected to giveaway $50,000 worth of self-care necessities to moms nationwide.

For a chance to win "Mom's Ultimate Luxury Spa Gift Basket", guests should visit the dedicated landing page from the entry period, which is April 7- May 12, 2024. Participants will be guided to their local day spa's submission page to proceed with the nomination (limited to one submission per person).

Throughout the giveaway period, community members can attend open house events to win exclusive door prizes, purchase special Mother's Day gift cards at the spa or online and explore the in-spa boutiques for curated wellness products. As a bonus and an extension of Spavia Cares, the brand and its franchise owners are supporting local charity partners with various giveback efforts that will greatly impact meaningful causes.

"As a working mom myself, we believe in the power of self-care, and what better way to honor mothers than by offering them a chance to indulge in a much deserved luxurious spa experience, and continue their self-care routine with fabulous products at home," said Spavia President and Co-Founder Allison Lagenderfer. "We understand the demands of balancing work, family, and personal well-being, and it's our mission to provide a sanctuary where mothers can prioritize their self-care and rejuvenation. We're honored to see our Spavia owners supporting local charities and staying committed to bettering the lives of others every day."

Spavia, a calming oasis in your backyard, invites guests to visit their neighborhood day spa and indulge in an experience like never before. Open seven days a week, Spavia provides a relaxing atmosphere and resort-inspired amenities whenever guests need it most. Guests are welcome to indulge in a variety of result-driven massage and skin care treatments, facials, body wraps, waxing, lash extensions, make-up, and more. With luxurious spa robes and sandals, a tranquil retreat area, warm aromatherapy neck pillows, inspirational readings, exotic teas, and the ability to customize every aspect of any treatment, there is something for everyone to enjoy. For more information on your local Spavia, please visit


The first Spavia opened its doors in 2005 in Denver, CO, with a mission of making a positive difference in the world, one guest at a time and delivering a luxurious spa experience at an affordable price. Spavia locations provide a variety of massage treatments, skin care treatments, facials, body wraps, waxing, lash extensions, make-up, and an opportunity to celebrate with a spalebration™ — all in a relaxing and tranquil setting that allows guests to relax, recenter and renew. The 58 day spas are currently open in 23 states, reinforcing Spavia's commitment to providing affordable luxury and promoting relaxation, renewing and recentering as core values.

Spavia doesn't stop at relaxation; it extends to making a positive impact. The Spavia Cares program reflects the brand's dedication to giving back to communities and helping others by contributing to fundraisers, volunteering, hosting events and providing chair massages for local events or organizations. Spavia is there to be a part of each and every community, ensuring that guests leave with a sense of fulfillment that comes from contributing to the well-being of others.

Give The Last Minute Gift of In-Home Massage Through Zeel

give the last minute gift of in home massage through zeel

Twas the Night Before Christmas (or your wedding anniversary), and all through the house…that feeling of PANIC sets in when you realize you've completely forgotten to buy a special gift for that special someone. Worry not – Zeel won't let you land in the holiday doghouse.

In-home massage through Zeel is the perfect gift for your significant other—or anyone whose wellness you care about—and can be booked on the Zeel app or 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including Christmas and New Year's Day. Just print your Zeel gift card (or schedule a digital delivery), and whether it's under the tree or by the fire, go from holiday zero to holiday hero for giving the greatest gift of all…holiday stress relief. No gift does more towards alleviating the effects of weeks of holiday parties, shopping, wrapping, and entertaining. Through Zeel, a licensed, vetted massage therapist arrives at your home with a table, massage lotion, soothing music and all the skills necessary to turn your festive home into a five-star spa.

To make the season even brighter Zeel is offering a holiday promotion of 20% off each in-home massage gift card from December 19th through the 25th and $150 in credit for the purchaser if you give the gift of relaxation year 'round with a Zeel massage a month membership.

Whether it's for sleep, recovery, or relaxation, Zeel has you covered this holiday season and all throughout the year. Start 2024 off right with the gift of wellness for yourself and your loved ones.

About Zeel:

Zeel is the leading technology company connecting licensed health and wellness providers to clients and patients across 48 states. With more than 2 million in-home appointments completed, the Zeel technology platform connects patients with providers of in-home health and wellness services 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With more than 10,000 vetted, credentialed professionals in the Zeel Provider Network, services include massage therapy, behavioral therapy, and skilled nursing care.

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa Enhances its Wellness

hyatt regency hakone resort and spa enhances its wellness

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa, surrounded by Hakone’s natural beauty, is pleased to announce the launch of its renewed Spa IZUMI treatment menu, beginning on November 1, 2023. The resort, nestled at the foot of Mt. Fuji, is situated in Japan's picturesque hot-spring region, just an hour and a half from the heart of Tokyo, with easy access to western Japan, including Kyoto, via bullet train.

Drawing inspiration from Hakone’s natural beauty, and the region’s renowned hot springs, the new menu additions offer a spa experience that immerses guests in the unique essence of this remarkable destination.

One of the newly introduced treatments, “Onsen Leg Relief,” is more than just a spa treatment and incorporates the therapeutic benefits of the Owakudani hot springs. This unique experience allows guests to harness the healing properties of this sulfuric acid spring, known for its rich sodium components. This restorative treatment involves wrapping the legs from the feet to the thighs with bandages soaked in the spring water. The bandages are applied with moderate pressure to warm the legs. The warming effect stimulates blood circulation, and the synergistic effect of sodium osmosis and bandage pressure improves swelling, leaving the legs feeling light and refreshed.

This treatment is perfect for those who feel a sense of heaviness and fatigue due to a long flight, car travel or excessive walking. It also caters to guests interested in reaping the benefits of natural hot springs but prefer a private experience to public baths.

The spa’s signature treatment, Fruitherapy, has also been revamped into a more organic-focused offering that includes a scrub with the scent of locally produced citrus and botanical pads filled with brown rice and fruit leaf essence. The energy contained in the organic fruit seeds awakens your dormant healing power within, enhancing the body’s ability to repair damage and regenerate.

Spa IZUMI is a full-service spa facility offering eight spacious treatment rooms including two couples rooms. Additionally, it features a relaxation room, along with separate male and female onsen baths and changing rooms. The hot springs at Spa IZUMI are sourced from Ōwakudani and consist of slightly acidic sulfate springs, renowned for their skin-beautifying effects and resistance to cooling, which enhances the effectiveness of treatments when bathing before the session.

About Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa is nestled in the foothills of the Gora mountains, renowned as one of Japan's leading hot spring resorts, just an hour and a half from the center of Tokyo. With warm, welcoming service that feels like home, the hotel offers 80 spacious rooms starting at 56 square meters, including dog-friendly rooms. It features a cozy Living Room with an open log fireplace, Dining Room – Western Cuisine, Dining Room – Sushi, a private dining room and the signature Spa IZUMI, along with spacious onsen baths.

About Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency brand prides itself on making travel free from stress and filled with success. More than 240 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in more than 45 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient personalized, high-touch business meetings to energizing family vacations. The brand offers stress-free environments for seamless gatherings and empathetic service that anticipates guests’ needs. Designed for productivity and peace of mind, Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including the space to work, engage or relax; notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; and expert meeting and event planners who can take care of every detail.