“Tension is the physical manifestation of stress,” says Maggie Connelly, general manager of Massage Envy Spa at The Avenue Viera. “So when you’re carrying tension anywhere on your body, you’re carrying stress. Massages assist in relaxing the muscles, and therefore the mind.

“What a lot of people don’t know, however, is the benefits of massage increase exponentially by receiving regular, consistent massages,” she continues, likening this idea to hitting the gym. “If you go one time, you may feel good that day and feel the effects for up to a few days after. But if you go once a week for three months, your results can be life-altering.”


This is especially true as it relates to the power of massage to stave off diseases. Because stress can worsen the effects of certain diseases — like heart disease, obesity and diabetes — it’s oftentimes a silent killer, and something that should be taken seriously.

In addition to reducing stress, however, massage touts many other benefits that can boost up an individual’s overall health. Connelly explains that “along with relaxing the mind, massage can help circulate your lymphatic system, which helps build the immune system. It can also improve overall mobility and flexibility — both of which are imperative for a long and healthy life. Massage also is healing to the body, so any areas of the body experiencing pain or soreness are going to feel at least somewhat better after a massage. Additionally, massage helps to flush toxins out of the muscles, allowing for fresh blood and nutrients to spread throughout the body, thus improving immunity.”


In general, if an individual wants to improve his or her mindset, Connelly recommends Swedish massage, reflexology and aromatherapy. For even greater impact, however, a customized massage is the way to go. At Massage Envy Spa, therapists assess each patient’s medical history and background to get a better understanding of what the patient may want or need. Then, based on what is determined to be most beneficial for the patient on that given day, they will incorporate many different custom techniques and modalities.

Similarly, the frequency of massage that an individual may need also varies. Depending on the level of stress, the frequency need can range anywhere from twice a week to once a month, according to Connelly. Massage Envy therapists make recommendations for each patient based on his or her specific situation.

“No two people are exactly alike,” says Connelly. “We recommend listening to your body’s needs and your massage therapist’s recommendations.”

Massage Envy Spa, a state-of-the-art 2,500 square-foot facility, has a total of 10 therapy rooms, including two facial spa rooms and a tranquility room, and is part of a nationwide franchise that offers therapeutic massage. Its mission is to provide a pathway to wellness, well-being and worth through professional, convenient and affordable massage therapy and spa services. For more information on Massage Envy Spa at The Avenue Viera, call (321) 433-3689 or visit MassageEnvy.com. Weekend and nighttime appointments are available