August 07, 2013 // Franchising.com // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Massage Envy Spa, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the United States, is pleased to announce that it has donated a total of $30,000 to the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation this year. Beauty Changes Lives is a non-profit foundation created by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools to build awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty and wellness industry while awarding scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in hair, skin, nails, barbering and massage therapy.
The $30,000 will be used to sponsor six $2,000 student tuition scholarships for currently enrolled massage therapy students and students that have yet to start their program. Students will be able to apply for the scholarship via an online contest through either a written essay or video presentation. A select group of national judges from the cosmetology industry will assess each submission and choose the scholarship winners. Eligible students must be at least 18 years of age and attending a school that is a member of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. The application for the first contest went live on July 29th and can be found at www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships. The remainder of the donation will be distributed later this fall through additional $2,000 scholarships.
"As the nation's leading employer of massage therapists and estheticians, we are thrilled to partner with Beauty Changes Lives to support students in realizing their dreams of becoming professional massage therapists," said CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy Spa. "Massage therapy is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the United States today and through this partnership, we are committed to providing students with the opportunity to succeed in this fast-growing profession."
Now, more than ever, people are recognizing the value of alternative wellness services such as massage therapy. As popularity increases, so do professional massage therapist and esthetician career opportunities. According to U.S. News & World Report, massage therapy was named one of The Best Jobs in 2012 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of more than 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 30,900 more jobs to the 153,700 jobs currently in the field. In the 11 years since its inception, Massage Envy Spa has created 21,000 new massage therapists positions and projects to add 1,500 new positions annually through 2018.
Today, a career in massage therapy offers incredible growth and creative employment opportunities including flexible work schedules, active and healthy work environments and sustainable incomes. Massage Envy Spa is the country's largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with more than 21,000 therapists providing over 250,000 massages every week.
There are more than 890 Massage Envy and Massage Envy Spa locations in 47 states, making it the largest system of franchised massage clinics in the industry. Massage Envy Spa therapists perform 16 million massages a year to a total of more than 1.3 million members.
Massage Envy Spa offers a variety of massage treatments including Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal and Geriatric. The proven benefits of routine massage include improved circulation, joint flexibility and posture, relief from pain and swelling caused by arthritis, reduced blood pressure, fatigue, migraine pain and stress, as well as improved sleep, concentration and overall sense of well-being. Additionally, Massage Envy Spa offers facials designed by Dr. Murad, the leader in skincare science. Guests and members can choose from four different Murad® Healthy Skin facials including Environmental Shield® Vitamin C, Clarifying Enzyme Acne, Anti-Aging and Sensitive Skin.
To learn more about Massage Envy Spa careers, visit www.massageenvycareers.com. More information about the Beauty Changes Lives' mission and the programs it supports is available at www.beautychangeslives.org.
Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has over 890 locations in 47 states. In addition, the average unit volume for a Massage Envy Spa is $1.3 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $1 million in two, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #81 in Entrepreneur's 2013 Franchise 500 and #29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
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