Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today the opening of the brand’s first New York City clinic in Midtown West. Additional clinics in Gramercy Park and the Upper East Side plan to open by the end of the year.

“We have been looking to develop clinics in Manhattan for some time now as part of our national expansion strategy,” said Joe Luongo, chief operating officer of Massage Envy Spa. “Now with the right franchisees in place in Manhattan, Massage Envy Spa is better positioned than ever to bring our members and guests a place to focus on their health and wellness, when and where it’s convenient for them.”

The New York City locations join a network of more than 1,000 clinics in 49 states, the largest system of franchised massage clinics in the industry. The company also is the world’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with 25,000 therapists performing over 50,000 services a day.

Members and guests at any Massage Envy Spa can choose from a wide variety of massage treatments, including Swedish, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, sports and prenatal. 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. Other services that are part of Massage Envy Spa’s Enhanced Therapies menu include AromaTherapy, Sugar Foot Therapy and Deep Muscle Therapy, which can be added to any massage to enhance the experience and stress relief.

In addition to massages, Massage Envy Spa offers facials designed by Dr. Murad, the leader in high-performance, science-based skincare, at select spa locations. Members and guests can choose from four different Murad(R) Healthy Skin facials including Environmental Shield(R) Vitamin C, Clarifying Enzyme Acne, Anti-Aging and Sensitive Skin.

First time Massage Envy Spa franchisee Rita Ewing will use her unique combination of health, wellness and business management experience as the new owner and operator of the Massage Envy Spa in Midtown West at 525 West 42nd Street. Ewing received her degree in nursing from Howard University and is a published novelist of several books including Homecourt Advantage and Brickhouse. Ewing is the former wife of New York Knicks and Hall of Fame basketball player Patrick Ewing.

“I’m thrilled to introduce New York City to the amazing health benefits of Massage Envy Spa,” said Ewing. “It’s comforting to know that New Yorkers will now have a place of tranquility where they can de-stress and focus on their wellness whenever they need to escape from the pressures of everyday life.”

After three million facials, 80 million massages and nearly a decade as the industry leader, Massage Envy Spa holds true to its mission: to provide a pathway to wellness through professional, convenient and affordable massage therapy and spa services. For healthy living and wellness tips, visit Massage Envy Spa on Facebook, Twitter or on Massage Envy’s blog. Additional information, including a list of all locations, can be found at

The Massage Envy Spa clinic in Midtown West is located on 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. For more information or to book an appointment, call 212-473-ENVY (3689).

Entrepreneurs interested in exploring franchising opportunities with Massage Envy Spa may contact Lori Merrall at (480) 366-4171 and, or visit Massage Envy Spa’s franchising website at

About Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchised locations, 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 more than 1,000 franchise locations in 49 states and over 1.5 million members. In addition, the average unit volume for a franchise location is $1.35 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $3 million in four, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events.

The company was recently ranked #1 Best Franchise with an initial investment of $500,001 and up by Forbes, #79 in Franchise Time’s Top 200, #54 in Entrepreneur’s 2014 Franchise 500 and #27 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.