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When I posted on Facebook yesterday that I was headed for a 90 minute massage on my last FREE day before a summer filled with three crazy busy boys, there were definitely some envious responses.

I arrived at the location - conveniently only minutes from my home. The atmosphere was inviting, calm, peaceful with the lights turned down just enough to induce a restful mood. I was offered a water or a glass of tea and then shown my way back to the treatment room.

Let me tell you I've been to some pretty seedy massage facilities. I'm all about deals, but sometimes a "deal" isn't such a winner after you arrive at the location. It can be dirty, distracting and even feel unsafe. This experience was exactly the opposite.

This might sound like a spa visit that would cost hundreds of dollars, but I was actually visiting the Massage Envy - Craig Ranch location where massages start at just $49! (The introductory rate for the hour and a half that I had is $74.)

My massage therapist - Kristin - was unbelievably good. She not only rubbed and unkinked knots, she also stretched my muscles which were clearly in desperate need of it. I had a whole row of knots on either side of my back just along my shoulder blades and she worked extensively on getting these to loosen up.

I even had Deep Muscle Therapy which is something I've never tried before but consists of hot towels, followed by a light Bengay-type massage oil that heats up on contact and is completed with an application of BioFreeze.

By the time I left, I felt relaxed and almost like I'd had a good workout. I carry so much tension and stress in my shoulders that it definitely takes some outside influence to work all of that out.

Massage Envy has a program right now where you can get a 3 month membership to their program for $177. This allows you three hours of massage used any way you like. It could be 3 - 1 hour massages, a 2 hour massage plus a 1 hour massage at another time, etc. It also makes every additional hour you purchase just $39.

Or you can buy $125 in gift certificates in any combination of amounts and receive a FREE one-hour massage as well.

Both of these are Mother's Day specials though so if you are interested, you'll want to stop by your nearest Massage Envy. (And if you live anywhere in the area, I would recommend the Craig Ranch location! They went above and beyond to deliver an amazing experience for me.)

Thank you, Massage Envy Craig Ranch for donating these services for the purpose of this review.


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