BANV loosens up at Massage Envy in Bel Air


I just returned from receiving a complimentary massage at Massage Envy and I’m so relaxed, I don’t think I can write just now. Perhaps I should come back a bit later. … Ok. I’m back and drinking water to help flush the lactic acid from my system. As I type, I notice there’s something missing. I can’t feel the knot below my right shoulder that tightens when I blog. Massage Envy’s Regional Therapist of the Year Angela Green gave me a deep tissue treatment at the spot, dragging her elbow across it to break up the tightness and increase blood flow to the area. She told me I should inhale as she applies the pressure. Inhaling brings more oxygen to the muscle. It seems to have worked quite well  —  much better than my home remedy: I usually have my 11-year-old and 7-year-old take turns standing on my back when I’m really feeling the soreness. But then I have to wait until they’re home from school and offer incentives to get them to do it. They, of course, don’t offer the other skills of Massage Envy therapists: neck and shoulder massage, hands and feet rub, leg and gluteal manipulation. And, the atmosphere at Massage Envy is completely relaxing. There’s no Disney Channel blaring in the background, just soothing flute music, dim light and the warmth of the heated massage table. I just stretched my arms overhead and twisted to see if I could feel that usual tightness in what I learned is my “mid-traps” or trapezius muscle. Nope. It’s still not there. I also had tightness in my erector muscles of my lower back. That seems to have vanished as well. These are common problems for those of us who sit working on computers for long periods. During our recent history-making snow storms, Massage Envy therapists saw many clients who relied on massage to alleviate sore and stiff muscles caused by shoveling. A deep tissue massage is good for targeted relief while the lighter touch of a Swedish massage can be used on the rest of the body for all-over relaxation. Clients see Massage Envy therapists for relief from pain caused by medical conditions like fibromyalgia. Marathoners come to help speed recovery of muscle tissue from serious training. When I left, Angela gave me a little slip of paper that outlined my “Customized Massage Plan.” It recommends I return monthly for a massage treatment to loosen my trapezius muscle and for relaxation.

Unlike day spas that offer a variety of health and beauty treatments, Massage Envy focuses solely on the wellness benefits of massage, employing 25 State licensed and Nationally certified therapists at the Bel Air location and offering massages seven days a week starting at 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. You can pay for each massage as you go ($98 for an hour customized massage session), or you can become a member, like you would at a gym. For $59 a month, you get a monthly massage. If you want more than one a month, each additional massage is $49. If you miss your monthly massage, your membership massage rolls over waiting for you to use when it fits your schedule.

For more information, click here to visit the website for Massage Envy‘s Bel Air location at 591 Baltimore Pike in the Bel Air Plaza at the intersection of Routes 1 and 24 or call (410) 420-7770.

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