Houston, Texas (PressExposure) August 17, 2013 -- The City of Houston suffered a tragedy on May 31, 2013, when it lost four of its firefighters in a 5-alarm fire at the Southwest Inn. Several others were injured. In the aftermath, help can come in many forms.
J.J. Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, wanted to do something to help the families and reached out to Ambika Khanna Cheruvu, Sanjeev Khanna, Govind Agrawal who own several Massage Envy franchises in the Houston area including Massage Envy West University.
Watt offered to sponsor massages for the families of the injured firefighters and victims who were staying and sleeping at the hospital to be near loved ones. The West University staff decided as a group to offer their services and donate chair massages at the hospital.
Laetan Gaspard, Clinic Administrator for Massage Envy West University, says, "It was incredibly touching and heartwarming, yet gut-wrenching all at the same time."
"The three massage therapists went straight to work in the pseudo massage rooms we had set up, while I met and visited with the family members and victims of the fire. Hearing the stories of everything they had been through really put things in perspective.
"Mr. Watt wasn't able to make it, but other members of the Houston Texans did and visited with everyone. The therapists were hands on from the moment we got there until the moment we left. People loved it. Every minute of our time was used, and we even stayed a little after for an extra person or two. We told the family members to give us a call if they needed anything at all.
"The therapists were extremely touched, as was I, seeing how these people are trying to cope in the wake of the tragedy. Afterward, Mr. Watt called and thanked us for everything. He appreciated what we did, and the families appreciated it even more."
"I am so happy that we could help these families," states Cheruvu. "They are living with more than most of us can imagine right now. I couldn't ask for a better staff. There wasn't a question in anyone's mind that this was the right thing to do. And I want to thank J.J. Watt for presenting us with this opportunity."
Massage Envy West University is located at 5162 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77005. Call the spa at 713-664-ENVY (3689).
"We have incredibly generous employees at Massage Envy," says Lance O'Pry, regional developer for Massage Envy spas. "The actions of the West University staff are just one example of giving back to the community, and I'm very proud of what they did to help the families and victims of the fire. Sometimes something as simple as a massage can make a difference when you're dealing with difficult situations."
At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $49. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members can enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate. The introductory price for any of the four Massage Envy signature facials is just $59. Clients can have a facial for only $10 more than the regular Massage Envy massage therapy price.
Log on to http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/TX/Houston.aspx to find the nearest Massage Envy spa. All spas are open seven days a week.
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 consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has over 800 locations in 45 states. The company was recently ranked #57 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 recently named a 2012 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit http://www.massageenvy.com.
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