Member of the Year 2022! Top 10 Finalists: Kelli - Being a nurse for the past 22 years of my life has been an incredibly rewarding career, but it has also taken a physical toll on my back and neck. Working thru the pandemic has only made things that much harder because it also affected me mentally. I learned 2 years ago at the age of 42 that self-care, which is not something I ever partook in, was necessary for me mentally and physically. I had my first facial at MassageLuXe 2 years ago and it was so wonderful that I signed up for membership. I had my first massage of my life a few months later and it was just as wonderful. Self-care is definitely something that has kept me going thru the hardest time of my career and I plan to continue giving back to myself Trisha - Self-care is all the rage, but the meaning is subjective. Some read, some run, some create art. But for me, self-care is taking the time to take care of my body. As an Occupational Therapist my days are devoted to helping the elderly be the best they can be. Whether that’s helping them get dressed, arm exercises, or educating staff or family to best care for them, my job is to help others to be their best while they are at the nursing home. When I get home, I’m usually spending time with my family. Babysitting my nephews, visiting my grandma, or checking in with my cousins and making sure they are doing well. Then there’s the cooking, cleaning, and general adulting that never stops. So how are you supposed to fit in self-care. For me, that is spending time to get a massage regularly. Since coming to MassageLuXe, my quality of life has improved. I no longer have tension headaches or pain in my shoulders from stress. Not only am I happier as a whole but I’m less anxious as well. Brian checks in with me each visit and we share stories and even laughs. I value my visits and the benefits they bring me. I hope to continue my relationship with MassageLuXe and Brian for a long time! I even brag about my massages to anyone who will listen and tell them to go visit Brian! Ashlee - My name is Ashlee and I think I deserve to win this amazing contest because I fought cancer and won! I spent all last year literally trying to survive. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of 2021 and had 6 months of chemotherapy and 35 rounds of radiation and a lumpectomy. Getting massages has helped me in so many ways, but more than anything, it gives me the relaxation I need to care for my body which has gone through so much trauma. I would be so appreciative to win a free year of massages! Sandra - I have been a member for over 1 year now. I decided to attempt massage therapy because I got into a car accident that resulted in 4 herniated discs and shoulder tears in both shoulders. I did not want to do any surgeries and that insurance stopped paying for my treatments. I figured that massage therapy would be more affordable than paying out of pocket for my medical treatments. All of this happening at a young age of 24 years old. I now have chronic pain for the rest of my life. I first came in on a promotion for new customers and was hooked since then. Every time I leave an appointment I feel better physically and mentally. I've developed a rapport with my massage therapist and feel like she knows me really well and that I feel comfortable around her. Not only do I physically feel better after an appointment, but I also immediately notice an improvement in my mental health/status during the appointment that lingers around for days after. MassageLuXe has helped me in more than way and I'm very grateful for it. I hope that it continues to keep my pain at bay as I get older. Thank you Amber - In the middle of a pandemic, I became a parent, getting custody of my 3 cousins. In a matter of a few months, I went from single with NO kids to being a solo parent to a 6yo, 14yo, and a 16yo. This has been and will likely be the most difficult time in my entire life. At times I am not sure how I will pay rent or put healthy food on the table or give these beautiful children a diverse and fulfilling lifestyle that they have been deprived of for so long. While I slowly have had to say goodbye to many indulgences in my self-care so that I can support my new family, like health insurance, salon trips, eating out, weekend vacays, shopping trips, gyms, and so much more, I have managed to hold onto my membership here (albeit sometimes you have had to track me down for payments here and there). Honestly, I don't know how I could have made it through without my occasional session with Rob C. (he's the best). I mean that - my sessions not only helped me with injuries, tension, and stress but also with my mental health. As I am embarking on my second year as a parent to 3, I find myself no better off financially (thanks to inflation), if anything I have been forcibly considering letting go of my membership... I am fighting it but at some point, I will have to make a choice to continue supporting my family. I hope to find a way for this to not happen, maybe this contest is it. Thank you for the opportunity - and for ALL the relief Rob C. has brought to me over this past year. Lynn - I have been a member for over 10 years (probably more if I actually looked). MassageLuXe has helped me physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually. The owner at my home spa has been so genuine & caring from the beginning of my membership & every single human that works there is the same way. I have used my membership at multiple sites when traveling & now that I have moved to a different area of my town. I continue to receive the utmost care. My back was a mess.... I received stem cells & went into physical therapy for several years. My massage therapist was with me the ENTIRE PROCESS! He was so gentle & would help me to know when he could feel progress in my muscles in terms of how much easier it was to get them looser & they stayed that way longer because of my consistency. Through COVID, I kept my membership up & prayed that my back would hold up until it was safe to go again. My current massage therapist has the same gentle spirit and care. She knows my body so well & has helped my spirit so much. I work with families that have very young babies & teach them infant massage during pregnancy & after pregnancy. My income dropped during the pandemic by 90% for 2 1/2 years. It has been so difficult financially because we moved without knowing a pandemic was coming into a larger home with a larger mortgage. It is stressful but I still pay my membership & an extra 30 minutes for each of my 90-minute massages I get 2 times a month. A free membership for a year would mean so much to me as I continue to work at getting my small business back on its feet & share the gift of infant massage instruction with families and other professionals who want to offer it in their practice. It would be great to share my gifts with pregnant families you serve during your prenatal massages. We are both doing great work to support healthy humans in all aspects of life. Thank you for reading my loving story with MassageLuXe. Emmaleigh - MassageLuXe has provided me with easy affordable self-care. Over the last few years, I endured trauma after trauma after trauma and my body knew it! I tried various things including a 7-month program with a chiropractor that could not relieve my tension or pain. I started getting massages at the Blue Springs MO location and began to feel decompressed. When my body was no longer holding tension and pain it made it easier for my head and heart to let it go as well. I'm currently a member and receive monthly deep tissue massages. All I have to do is show up (which can be hard with depression, anxiety and ptsd) and I know that I'm in good hands. I'm so lucky to have Adam on my team when it comes to taking care of myself! Some days we need all the help we can get. Myranda - MassageLuXe has had a significant impact on my quality of life. When I began my membership, it was due to some neck and back pain I was having. It was dull and achy, but it was constant. Some days, it hurt to even turn my neck while driving to look for other cars in the next lane. I broke down and finally booked an appointment and had such an amazing experience with both the staff and the therapists that I signed up for a membership. Since then, each person I have had taught me different things about the body and why massage is so important for a person's overall health. I have even done some of the facials and a microderm session. There is so much that MassageLuXe has to offer, the value of the membership far outweighs the cost! I will never look back - actually, I can do that now quite literally (and pain free). Alison - I am a disabled veteran who has suffered with excruciating pain after being in an explosion in Afghanistan. I have tried every painkiller and therapy available through the Veteran affairs. The only relief I have found is through massage. The massages I get through my local MassageLuXe have changed my life but on a fixed income, I cannot afford to go very often. A year membership would radically improve my quality of life. Kristin - Over the past several years, I have gone through a lot in my life; trauma, anxiety, depression, childbirth, injuries, etc. I have always been a very strong willed and determined individual. No matter what obstacle was thrown my way, I never stopped fighting and found a way to overcome those challenges no matter how long it took me. My most recent challenge was being diagnosed with OCD. Not many people truly know what OCD is, so I’ll explain. It’s a disorder in which a person experiences unwanted intrusive thoughts that come with extreme fear/anxiety. As always, I chose to fight the good fight and have been doing exposure and response prevention to treat my OCD for the past year. In this therapy, I purposefully expose myself to the things I’m fearful of and practice not doing anything to avoid the uncomfortable feelings and thoughts that come with it. As you can imagine, this can be extremely difficult. My brain misfires and thinks a lot of “normal” things are threats. This results in a lot of muscle tension throughout my body. My husband got me a membership to MassageLuXe for Christmas last year in hopes to help with this. As I go through my therapy, my massage therapists at MassageLuXe help me relieve the tension, aches, and pains that come with my disorder and chosen therapy method to overcome it. I also experience everyday stressors and injuries that come with me being a teacher, mother, wife, dental hygienist, and friend as well. MassageLuXe has been a partner to me in my recovery and I really truly appreciate it! It would be nice to have that partnership continue as I complete my recovery and that’s why I believe I should be the member of year. Thanks for reading my story.This poll is no longer accepting votesVote Now!