Massage Envy, a national chain with more than 1,400 locations across the country, will open their first location in Tuscaloosa early next month in Midtown Village.

The new spa will be housed in Midtown Village's Suite 106, between the tween boutique Justice and the Jos. A. Banks men's clothier.

Alexis Graf, the new spa's Director of Operations, said she hopes to open their doors to customers on June 6th, but there's a lot of work to do before that happens.

Graf said Massage Envy's core mission is to offer massage, facial and stretching services at affordable prices, making wellness accessible to people of all walks of life.

An introductory one-hour massage at the spa will cost $55, Graf said, then customers have the option to become members for $65 a month, which guarantees an hour-long session at Massage Envy each month. Any sessions not used can be rolled over into the next month, Graf said, and members can even gift their monthly sessions to friends and family who might be interested.

She added that because Massage Envy is a nationwide brand, a membership at the Tuscaloosa location will be recognized at any other franchise in the US, so even when you're traveling you can find a nearby spa and get your massage in.

The biggest obstacle for Graf right now is staffing the new location, she said -- there are 11 rooms in the new spa, and she hopes to hire at least that many licensed massage therapists and estheticians. Graf said there are only 50 licensed massage therapists in Tuscaloosa, though, leaving a shallow pool to fish for new hires in.

Any qualified candidate interested in working for Massage Envy in Tuscaloosa can click here to e-mail Graf.

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