Archive for June 2012
Karley Osborn, “Miss Twin Rivers 2012,” will be competing for the Miss Texas title in July. For her talent, the 21-year-old Carrollton resident will be dancing – something she’s both passionate about and skilled at. For Osborn, it is also a challenge because she has scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine that causes chronic neck and back pain and limits mobility and flexibility.
“When I was in eighth grade, I was dropped during a cheerleading stunt. I lost feeling in my arms and blacked out. The doctors did X-rays and discovered nothing was broken, but I had pretty severe scoliosis. If I hadn’t fallen like that, they may not have discovered it right away,” Osborn said.
After her diagnosis, Osborn was referred to a scoliosis specialist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where she began treatment. She had to wear a back brace and was warned that she might eventually need spinal surgery. To increase her range of motion and eliminate the need for surgery, Osborn began implementing additional healing programs, including massage therapy, which she receives at Massage Envy in Carrollton.
“Massage therapy has been an important part of my life. Scoliosis limits my flexibility and gives me chronic back pain. Massage is a huge part of how I’m able to ‘treat’ that,” explained Osborn. “I also do strength training and hot yoga. Through a combination of these things, I’ve been able to retain movement and avoid spinal fusion surgery.”
Osborn says she goes to Massage Envy “because of the great price.” Introductory, one-hour massage sessions (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) are $49. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session, with unlimited additional sessions for $39.
“Massage therapy is great for chronic illnesses like Karley’s, as well as situations that we can all relate to, like relieving stress and staying healthy,” said Kimberly Marzett, franchise owner of the Massage Envy Carrollton.
Osborn adds that massage therapy helps relax her muscles, and she plans to visit Massage Envy before competing for the Miss Texas title next month.
“For my talent, I’ll be performing a jazz dance to “Too Darn Hot” by Ella Fitzgerald. I began dancing when I was two, and I’ve always loved it. I believe I’m still moving and still dancing because of the efforts I’ve taken to retain flexibility through things like hot yoga and massage,” said Osborn. “I’d absolutely recommend it to others.”
The 2012 Miss Texas competition will be held at the Allen Convention Center July 4-7. According to the Miss Texas website, more than 12,000 women participate in the city and state events leading up to the Miss America competition each year. Osborn says it would be extremely exciting to win, but she is also excited about helping people, something she says the competition has enabled her to do on a larger scale.
“I’ve been volunteering at Scottish Rite every Wednesday for the past several months, and having that little crown on my head has made such a big difference to the kids. For them, it’s a beacon of hope. They always tell me, ‘you look so normal!’ It’s just such a blessing to be able to bring them that. The Miss Texas program provides me with an opportunity to spread hope to an even wider audience – the message that they too can overcome obstacles and adversities,” explained Osborn.
Osborn was crowned Miss Twin Rivers in Texarkana in January 2012. The title is a new designation that’s open to women ages 17-24, statewide. Although she competed in Texarkana, Osborn’s Twin Rivers title also allows her to be actively involved in the Dallas/Fort Worth area – something Osborn is excited about because it means she can make a difference all over the Metroplex.
As Miss Twin Rivers, Osborn has spoken to elementary and secondary students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and she plans to share her platform ‘emBRACE: Accepting Adversity, Overcoming Obstacles’ statewide if she’s crowned Miss Texas. Among other projects, she also hosted a spring fling for almost 2,000 seniors, helped raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visited with children who were admitted to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, volunteered at the Special Olympics and ran in a 5K race benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“One of the most fun events was the Race for Wishes, a 5K race benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I wore my crown during the race because it’s become a symbol of hope. That crown has allowed me to help a lot of people, and I’m so thankful for that,” said Osborn.
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 more than 690 locations in 44 states and has experienced 25 percent year-over-year growth. In addition, the average unit volume for a Massage Envy is $1 million. The company was recently named a top AllBusiness (a D&B company) AllStar Franchise and is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA). To find a local clinic, visit www.massageenvy.com. All clinics are open seven days a week. Follow Massage Envy DFW on Facebook – www.facebook.com/MassageDFW and Twitter – www.twitter.com/MassageEnvyDFW.
In some jobs, the work load fluctuates from heavy to light and back again, but for Rick Groesch, chief commercial officer at Heelys, Inc., every day is crunch day.
“I start my work day with an hour to an hour-and-a-half commute in Dallas traffic, and when I get to work, it’s always packed with meetings, e-mails, phone calls and social networking. The e-mails are the worst – I get about 150 a day,” explained Groesch. “I also travel a lot. About 30-40% of my time is spent traveling and most of that is out of the country.”
Groesch said he travels at least twice a month for five or six days at a time, and his most recent trip was a two-and-a-half week trek across the Orient – China, Korea, Hong Kong and Japan.
“When I travel overseas, it’s at least an eight-hour flight, which is a long time to sit in one position. It’s really hard on your back and hamstrings, especially when you’re traveling to multiple cities,” noted Groesch.
To alleviate the pain and stress, Groesch said he gets a massage.
“I’m a member of Massage Envy, so I try to get a massage a least once a month or more, depending on my stress load,” explained Groesch. “It does a lot for me. It relieves the pain in my lower back and hamstrings and takes all the stress out of my neck, back and shoulders. Regular massage is the only way to get out that stress.”
Groesch got his first massage over 10 years ago and has been a member of Massage Envy for the past three.
“I like going to Massage Envy because it’s convenient. It has locations nationwide and I can use my membership at any of them,” said Groesch. “I also like Massage Envy because it’s not that ridiculous spa treatment you see some places. I don’t need that stuff. I like very strong, heavy massages – something that actually gets the tension out.”
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.
All clinics are open seven days a week. Follow Massage Envy DFW on Facebook – www.facebook.com/MassageDFW and Twitter – www.twitter.com/MassageEnvyDFW.
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 more than 690 locations in 44 states and has experienced 25 percent year-over-year growth. In addition, the average unit volume for a Massage Envy is $1 million. The company was recently named a top AllBusiness (a D&B company) AllStar Franchise and is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA). To find a local clinic, visit www.massageenvy.com.
Free Family Fun Day with Food, Activities and Chair Massages
Who: Plano Preston Park Village Massage Envy SPA
What: Plano Preston Park Village Massage Envy SPA will host a Grand Opening Party – a free family fun day with food, activities, chair massages and more – under the tent in the southwest corner parking lot of Preston Park Village in Plano.
When: Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:30 AM – 4 PM. Official Ribbon Cutting with the Plano Chamber of Commerce will be at 12 Noon. Rain or shine.
Where: Plano Preston Park Village Massage Envy SPA, 1900 Preston Road – Suite 201, Plano, TX 75093, (972)964-0600
Cost: All activities are free of charge.
Details: The Preston Park Massage Envy SPA opened in April 2012. To celebrate, owners Bruce and Stephanie McGovern wanted to thank clients by throwing a tent party in the parking lot. Additionally, they will present the Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas a $500 donation and award 2-year-old Tatum Roseberry, an arthritis sufferer, a $500 donation so she and her family can attend the Juvenile Arthritis Weekend at Grapevine’s Great Wolf Lodge.
The day’s activities include:
• Food catered by Banditios Tex Mex
• Chair massages
• Snow Cone machine
• Face painters
• Balloon artists
• Guns and Hoses fire truck
• Area police and fire department representatives
• Prize wheels with lots of items to win