Leading the Good Life
Massage Envy members Pat Detmer and Fred Canada have found
their fountain of youth in massage
PAT DETMER AND FRED CANADA brim with enthusiasm
for their marriage, business consulting firm and overall good
fortune. It's been years since either has had a cold, and Pat is
considered a "surgeon's dream," given her speedy recovery after the
removal of her ovaries and thyroid gland.
"We eat right, work out three times a week and get massages
every other week," explains Pat, looking much younger than 58.
"It's all part of the same healthy package; each element helps the
others," adds 69-year-old Fred, who also belies his age.
Regular massage has been an integral part of the zestful
couple's immunity-boosting regimen for nearly a dozen years-ever
since they sampled five-minute chair massages at a work event.
After years of in-home service from a private therapist, the couple
decided to try their hometown Massage Envy clinic in Newcastle,
Wash. Now, they rave about it.
"Aches and pains don't occur on a regular bimonthly basis," Pat
quips. "If I wake up 'funny,' I don't have to wait for our standing
appointment. Massage Envy gets me right in-sometimes within 10
Fred appreciates having a variety of techniques at their
disposal. "Before, we were limited to our therapist's particular
method, her set of personal strengths," he explains. "Now we choose
from many different styles. If I'm really sore, they'll match me
with a deep tissue specialist; other days, I'll see someone else
for a gentle rubdown."
The couple plan to maintain their Massage Envy routine while
vacationing in Palm Springs, Calif. "There's a location close to
where we stay, and they already have our credit card and other
information on file," Fred notes. "It couldn't be easier."
-By Rebecca Douglas