Massage Envy

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Massage Envy
Founded2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona
FounderJohn Leonesio
Key people
Joseph C. Magnacca (CEO)
Number of employees
25,000 (2017)

Massage Envy is the largest chain of franchised massage spas in the United States.[1] It was founded in 2002 with a single location in Scottsdale, Arizona. As of 2017, it has 1,170 franchised locations, employs 25,000 massage therapists and estheticians, and has over 1.65 million members in the United States.[2][3]

Sexual misconduct accusations[edit]

In November 2017, BuzzFeed reported that over 180 women had "filed sexual assault lawsuits, police reports, and state board complaints against Massage Envy spas, their employees, and the national company" over allegations of sexual misconduct.[4] The women also accused Massage Envy of ignoring or mishandling most of the cases they reported to the company. According to BuzzFeed's investigation, Massage Envy requires internal investigations of reported abuse, but does not provide significant instruction on how they should be conducted, and it does not require that law enforcement be notified except in states with laws requiring such notification. The investigation also found that Massage Envy's employees were not equipped to conduct internal investigations into abuse allegations.[5] In response, the company issued a statement describing the incidents as "heartbreaking". The company's statement also noted that the company's employees have performed over 125 million massages during their more than 15 years of operation, but added that "Even one incident is too many".[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stelloh, Tim (2017-11-27). "Dozens accuse massage therapists at large franchise of sexual misconduct". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  2. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  3. ^ "Massage Envy Celebrates 15 Years with Focus on Expansion (Press release)". 2017-03-10. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  4. ^ Baker, Katie J. M. (2017-11-26). "More than 180 Women Report Sexual Assaults at Massage Envy". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  5. ^ "Massage Envy therapists accused of sexual assault by more than 180 women". CBS News. 2017-11-27. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  6. ^ Lardieri, Alexa (2017-11-27). "Dozens Accuse Massage Envy Therapists of Assault". U.S. News & World Report.
  7. ^ Bacon, John (2017-11-27). "Massage Envy therapists accused of 180 sexual assaults". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-11-27.

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