Finesse Your Way to Feeling Better

couple in spaTaking medication for these ailments can often provide a temporary fix but little to no help in the long run. Fortunately, there is an alternative solution that many would not think to try: massage therapy. The experts at Massage Envy have shared their knowledge of massage and the many ways it can provide mental and physical wellness.

Vycki Goldenberg-Minstein, owner and operator of the Massage Envy locations in St. Matthews, Springhurst and Clarksville, got started with the company in 2007 and has run the franchises with her siblings ever since. One of her favorite aspects of the business from the beginning has been the personal attention she and her team are able to provide each and every client.

“Before the massage even begins, our therapists take the time to find out everything that’s going on with the person,” Goldenberg-Minstein explains. “Then after the massage, they have a consultation with the client so they can tell them what they found and give them recommendations for what to do for continued health and wellness.”

Massage Envy clinics have everything from hot stone treatments to deep muscle massages. They even offer therapeutic facials that include a thorough skin analysis and regimens using Murad skin care. They also sell a variety of Murad products, all of which include antioxidants, hydration and anti-inflammatory ingredients so that you may continue treating your skin well at home.

Marcia Cotner, owner of the Jeffersontown and Middletown locations, emphasizes the remarkable quality and convenience of Massage Envy. All of their therapists and estheticians are licensed and certified per state requirements, and their clinics are open seven days a week. Hours vary by location, but most are open as early as 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. during the week.

“We’re for the everyday person, people who are on the go who realize that they need a massage but don’t have time to spend several hours at the spa,” Cotner says. “Most spas aren’t open seven days a week, but we are, which allows us to accommodate people who work a lot and need the stress relief that massage gives you.”

The benefits of massage go well beyond stress relief and relaxation. Getting a massage can help with most any ailment, from pain and inflammation to headaches and high blood pressure. People who have frequent massages see increased flexibility and improved circulation and posture, and massages can even aid in the treatment of anxiety and depression.

“It’s really preventative medicine,” relates Lindsey Kaelin, a customer service representative and soon-to-be licensed massage therapist. “It’s more than just taking medicine and eliminating the symptoms. People who come in regularly are managing their pain and seeing long-term results.”

Massage Envy has partnered with the Arthritis Foundation to encourage patients to try massage therapy, and the results have proven to be very effective.

“For some of these people in terrible pain, we can change their lives,” asserts Goldenberg-Minstein. “We give them pain-free days, and no matter how much pain they are in, they always leave feeling better. It’s such a rewarding experience to be able to help people with that kind of relief.”

The clinics also offer a unique prenatal massage, a perfect gift for women who need relief from the stresses of pregnancy.

“The prenatal massage feels amazing,” says Evelyn Martinez, representative and expectant mother. “It helps with sleep and relieves sciatic nerve issues you have where the baby is pushing on certain parts of your body.”

Whether you’re someone with an array of aches and pains or someone who just needs help to relax and unwind, a massage can soothe both your body and mind, having you feeling better than ever in no time. VT

By MARIAH KLINE, SPECIAL CONRIBUTOR