April 28, 2010 // Franchising.com // Baltimore, MD – Soothing music, relaxing aromatic candles, a clean and calming environment, and experienced massage therapists. All these are available at Massage Heights, the new, luxurious therapeutic massage retreat located at 2544 Quarry Lake Dr. in Quarry Lake at Greenspring.
Massage Heights of Baltimore is the first to open in the market. Executives of the San Antonio-based franchise say Baltimore is a prime location for expansion based on 34 key components of research showing an ideal match to the area's population, psychographics, demographics, economic climate, spending habits, competitive landscape, real estate, etc.
"Massage Heights brings all the comforts and benefits of a Tuscan spa to the Baltimore guests without an excessive cost," said Dr. Shawn Dhillon, M.D., an Internal Medicine Physician and Executive Director of the new Massage Heights in Baltimore. "Those who sign-up for the membership program are able to routinely receive a variety of massages and services at a reasonable price."
The rapidly growing membership-model massage franchise has tapped into a virtual goldmine segment: With 25 million more Americans each year getting a massage today than a decade ago, consumers receive approximately 230 million massage sessions annually, making massage therapy one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. Everyday millions of Americans use massages as treatment for tension, anxiety and stress, but massages can also lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, increase blood circulation, release endorphins, and many other health benefits.
Massage Heights differentiates itself through its affordable, multi-tiered lifestyle program. Established as a way to develop long-term guest relationships and to offer guests considerable cost savings, the monthly fee starts at $59.99, which includes a monthly complementary, one-hour massage, and each additional one-hour massage is only $49.99.
The unique concept has taken the franchising world by storm since its 2004 launch by founders and husband and wife duo, Shane and Wayne Evans. After a successful 14-year career in the physical fitness field, Wayne Evans, decided to further explore the lifestyle improving field of massage therapy. After establishing Massage Heights in Alamo Heights, TX, the company experienced soaring success and rapid expansion throughout the county.
Founded in 2004, Massage Heights is a membership-based massage therapy franchise that offers a tranquil atmosphere, experienced staff, soothing services and convenience at an affordable price. Massage Heights is reaching dramatic elevations in an exploding industry, focused on providing affordable luxury products and services for the mind, spirit and body. With 60 operating franchises, company plans call for 288 more by 2010, with a total of 1,620 locations within the next five years.