By Callie Sharkey
Each new year, the resolutions come rolling in, with many focused on better self-care. One of the best ways to both treat yourself and improve your well-being can be found at Massage Envy of Wellington.
“Massage therapy has many health benefits, including reducing stress, pain, muscle soreness and tension, while increasing relaxation,” Massage Envy Wellington owner Danielle Freeland said. “It also improves circulation, energy, alertness and immune function. At the same time, it helps lower both heart rate and blood pressure.”
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has delved into the science behind massage therapy and supports what practitioners have said for centuries — that massage therapy has been shown to be helpful, particularly for acute pain in the neck, shoulders and lower back. A randomized trial in 2016 even found that massage could aid in the reduction of migraine headaches. Many people find themselves on a search for pain relief without medication, and massage therapy is a great option.
But Massage Envy is much more than just a place to get a massage. The facility also offers stretching, facials — including microderm and chemical peels, and LED light therapy — cupping and a variety of service add-ons. These add-ons are referred to as “enhancements” and can vary greatly.
Depending on your needs, such services can mean rapid tension relief, sugar foot scrubs, aromatherapy, anti-aging eye treatments, or neck and décolleté treatments.
“We use exclusively Jan Marini, Obagi and PCA products in our services and on our retail shelf,” said Freeland, who believes that trust and professionalism are what creates a positive, healing environment. “Our therapists are very experienced and are trained to make you feel comfortable. We will take great care of you. Everything is tailored to your comfort level, and we are very professional in every aspect.”
For anyone curious about trying massage therapy, Massage Envy offers an introductory one-hour session for only $70. Love the experience? Signing up for the Wellness Program allows clients to receive unlimited one-hour sessions for a discounted rate.
“Our Wellness Program is not mandatory to receive treatment. We are not pushy about memberships,” Freeland explained. “Our focus is making sure you have the best experience. Every guest who books an appointment, we make sure to match your needs with the perfect therapist to fit those needs. We ask questions like what brings you in and what kind of pressure are you comfortable with in a massage.”
The therapists at Massage Envy Wellington are carefully trained to make guests feel comfortable. They take great care and tailor everything to your comfort level. For instance, clients only undress to their own comfort level and are also always draped in a modest way.
While masks are not required, staff members are accommodating to clients’ needs. There are also strict protocols on employees not coming to work if they have any signs of a cold. They enforce the highest level of sanitizing the rooms before each session.
Having spent most of her life in Palm Beach County, Freeland was a massage therapist herself for 14 years before becoming a spa manager at the Polo Club in Boca Raton for 10 years. She has been with the Massage Envy corporation since 2011 — first as clinic manager for a location in Royal Palm Beach for three years, and then as the owner and operator of a Lake Worth clinic. The Wellington location opened in 2013, and Freeland took over the site in 2019.
“We believe that customer service, hiring quality service providers and treating our employees like family is our greatest priority,” Freeland said. “I’m very intentional about who I hire, and the culture of our clinic is extremely important to me.”
That culture includes being involved in the community. Massage Envy Wellington belongs to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, and the owners regularly support nonprofits like Place of Hope. Locals will also see them at community events like Winterfest.
“People come in, and they are in pain. We are so blessed to be able to relieve that pain and help them mentally with their stress as well,” Freeland said. “It’s very rewarding.”
Massage Envy of Wellington is located at 2615 State Road 7 in the plaza with Whole Foods Market in front of the Mall at Wellington Green. The facility is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., only closing on major holidays. The best way to schedule an appointment is to call (561) 692-7777. For more information, visit www.massageenvy.com.