We Are Better Than Massage Envy

We are better

I see the commercials.  JUST SAW ONE AGAIN!  I get clients asking me how we are different from Massage Envy (and similar businesses like Hand and Stone) other than the fact that we do not require you to have a membership.  I also used to have a membership with them so I have experienced first-hand what their sessions are like…



I just saw the commercial again for Massage Envy and got really annoyed.  The commercial was stating that if you come in this month you get FREE ENHANCEMENTS.  When I was there, you had to pay for Biofreeze to be used; you had to pay for hot stone therapy or for warm towels to be used; you have to pay for every little thing that was not just a regular, boring massage.

The enhancements that you pay extra for at other places, we automatically include in our sessions:

Hot Stone Deep Tissue

This is our signature muscle treatment where we combine therapeutic massage cream with deep tissue techniques and hot stone therapy.  Some of the deep work is actually performed with the warmed stones making the work super effective and SOOTHING.

Hot Stone Therapy

Every session we offer has some level of hot stone therapy – even our prenatal massage.  The warmed stones help to increase the relaxation effect and provides a whole new level of restorative therapy.  It is said that one stroke with a warmed stone is the same as 10 strokes with a therapist’s hands alone.  This is very true.  However, we simply ENHANCE our massage by mixing in the stonework as we go.

Hot Stone Foot Massage

We use a special therapeutic cream that we make ourselves that not only moisturizes the feet, but provides soothing, healing therapy for tired, achy feet.  Our foot massage includes some deep tissue work, hand work, and work with the stones, which is unusual in our area.  The treatment is deeply relaxing, provides pain relief to tired feet, and energizes and rejuvenates the entire body.

Levels of Pressure

We are unusual in that we believe in LEVELS OF PRESSURE.  We communicate with our clients so that any deep tissue work is more tolerable.  And because we incorporate the hot stone therapy, we are able to work on areas that would be too tender or sore to work on otherwise.

Customized Sessions

One of the issues I ran into (and apparently many of our clients) at Massage Envy, is they tend to want to do a canned massage. 

With us – if you need way more work in a particular area of the body, we customize your session to include targeted work in areas where you have more muscle tension, pain or discomfort.  

Client Comforts

One of the things I did NOT like when going to Massage Envy is the fact that I had to ASK for a neck roll.  I also did not like their small, hard bolster under my knees or the hard, basic face cradle. 

We use a large, fluffy, soft bolster.  We automatically put a nice, fluffy neck roll under your neck.  Our tables are super warm and comfy and we use plush sheets and blankets (not standardized, corporate ones like theirs).  You will also be in a meticulously decorated massage room and you will experience wonderful aromatherapy and the best spa music during your session.

But That Is Not All

You mean there is more?  Yup.  

You see, because Massage Envy is so CORPORATE, they seriously restrict what their therapists are able to do.  They have a ridiculous number of rules and things they cannot do.  How do I know?  Because when I was a client for over a year – I regularly asked questions of the therapists as I was just curious.  They all knew that I had my own practice so they asked me a LOT of questions too.

Therapists in private practice are free to simply use ALL of the skills they have learned from massage school and advanced training as needed.  Our hands are not tied.  We are free to work intuitively, and we are not constantly boxed in by corporate rules so we can work more effectively on clients.

Massage Envy Goes After Newbies

All of the large entities like spas and places like Massage Envy and Hand and Stone – go after newbies right out of massage school.  Newbies have a LOT to learn and one can only learn from having worked on hundreds and hundreds of bodies.

Why do they do this?  Because it is cheaper.  They can get away with paying them $15 an hour or less and the new graduates are glad to get it.

With us – there are NO newbies.  My male therapist and I have been working together since 2010.  He started with me at my home studio and then came with me to our new office January 2011.  We both have over 14 years experience and we have ALL worked on a ridiculous number of clients.

Schedule Your Session

When you are ready to experience one of the best massages of your life, give us a call.  We offer day, evening, and weekend appointments. Simply call or text me (Donna) at 216-339-3401.



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Donna Agrinsonis

Donna Agrinsonis is a massage therapist licensed through the Medical Board of Ohio. She serves clients through her massage practice – Heavenly Healing Hands Massage Therapy – located in the heart of Beachwood, Ohio. She and her staff specialize in couple’s massage, deep tissue, relaxation massage, and sports massage. Donna is also certified in prenatal massage. Donna has a background working in high-end spas, chiropractic clinics and she used to head up the massage services at a prominent country club in Beachwood. All sessions offered through her practice are super therapeutic and contain some form of hot stone therapy and real bodywork designed to have clients moving better, experiencing less pain, and feeling like a brand new person…

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