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LAWRENCE MASSAGE ENVY SPA HONORS 2013 REGIONAL THERAPIST OF THE YEAR - Therapist Kristi Bennett Recognized for Her Commitment to Health and Wellness -

Lawrence, Kansas (May 14, 2013) – Massage Envy, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the United States, is pleased to announce today that Kristi Bennett has been named Massage Envy’s Regional Therapist of the Year for the Kansas City Region. The award was presented at Massage Envy’s Annual Conference in front of thousands of attendees in Phoenix, Arizona on April 27, 2013.

Bennett has been a massage therapist at the Lawrence Massage Envy Spa for more than three years. She earned her massage therapy certification at Pinnacle Career Institute in Lawrence. She has many loyal clients who benefit from her deep tissue massage and body knowledge. She is referred to as a “pint-sized powerhouse” by some of her clients due to her small physique, but significant strength. Several of her clients are athletes who depend on Bennett’s massage to keep them at their best for competition.

“We’re excited to recognize and honor Kristi for her high level of skill, client service, professionalism and dedication to her massage therapy craft,” said Amy Gilliland, owner of Lawrence Massage Envy Spa. “It’s because of our talented therapists, such as Kristi, that Massage Envy continues to remain the national leader in providing a pathway to wellness, well-being and worth.”

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 ten years since its inception, Massage Envy 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 is the country’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with more than 21,000 therapists providing over 250,000 massages every week.

Lawrence Massage Envy Spa, along with the more than 865 Massage Envy clinics across the country, 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. Customers 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 careers visit For more information about the Lawrence Massage Envy Spa, call 785-841-2000 or visit

About Massage Envy

Massage Envy, 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 has over 865 locations in 47 states. In addition, the average unit volume for a Massage Envy is $1.2 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy has raised more than $1 million in two, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #81 in Entrepreneur’s 2012 Franchise 500 and #29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit


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