“Getting a massage is not like getting your brakes done,” said Mark Love.
Love, the owner of the Massage Envy in Prescott, knows of what he speaks.
“It’s a very rewarding service because I get to see the best of everyone after each service,” he said. “When they come in, they are full of vinegar. When they come out, they have a different perspective.”
Love says everyone should consider getting regular massages. He says some of the benefits include the reduction of blood pressure and levels of stress. Cortisone levels can be reduced and mobility is better after a massage.
He explains that we damage ourselves by doing things such as sitting in front of our computers all day or doing the same repetitive motion over and over at our jobs.
And day-to-day stress takes its toll on our bodies as well.
“You need to unlock and loosen up and train those muscles to do something different,” he said.
The Prescott Massage Envy opened in May 2013.
“We’ve been going four or five months and business is great. We have been well received by the local community,” he said.
Love cites three reasons why the business has taken off so soon. It is convenient. It is open seven days a week. Staff members are all certified professional therapists. And, the cost is reasonable. Massages cost between $30 and $50.
Right now the business employs 24 people, 16 of whom are therapists and six of whom work at the front desk. In addition, there are two estheticians who use Murad products for their healthy skin facials.
“The majority of what we are doing is massage, but we are seeing our facial business growing because people realize the need to maintain their skin through hydration,” he said. “There is no Botox, no abrasion, just a facial aimed toward hydration and keeping the skin glowing and with more elasticity.”
Love cannot emphasize enough the value of taking better care of ourselves. “I would say, ‘Don’t hesitate in waiting for the right time to look after yourself because the time is now,’” he said. “You can feel better and have a better perspective. You need to decompress. You need to reset.”
Opening his business in Prescott has made Love feel at home right away. “I adore being part of the local community,” he said. “Every time we do anything, it is tied to the community,” he said. “We do Big Brothers and Sisters, The United Way and Red Cross.”
Although Love is very modest about it and does not want to shine a spotlight on the event, the business offered free massages to firefighters after the tragedy in Yarnell that claimed the life of 19 Hotshots from the Prescott area.
The business is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“It lends itself to get a massage on anyone’s schedule,” Love said. QCBN
Massage Envy is located at 120 E. Sheldon Street, Suite 100 in Prescott. For more information, call 928-778-3689.
Love is also part owner of the Massage Envy in Flagstaff.
Written by Patty McCormac
Quad Cities Business News