In spite of the fact that I am surrounded by a family of sports aficionados, many of whom are based in Kansas City and are die-hard Royals fans, I never really caught the bug. But here’s a sporty activity I can get behind. On Saturday, Sept.17, Massage Envy will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Most People Being Massaged at the same time and place. Massage Envy locations in Missouri, Kansas, and as far away as Virginia and Texas are teaming up with the Kansas City Royals for the event that takes place between 5 and 6 p.m. preceding the 6 p.m. game between the Royals and Chicago White Sox. Organizing the event are Massage Envy and Massage Envy Spa therapists from nine Massage Envy locations in Kansas City, Missouri; and Leawood, Lenexa, Shawnee, Prairie Village, Overland Park, and Olathe, Kansas.
The public is invited to gain 15 minutes of fame by joining in this event and have the opportunity to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. The wives of Royals pitchers Blake Wood and Sean O’Sullivan are expected to be among the participants. Participants must preregister by purchasing a $25 special event ticket through www.royals.com/massageenvy. The price includes the 10-minute Guinness Book of World Records massage plus a game ticket and a customized yoga mat. A portion of the ticket will benefit the local chapter of The Arthritis Foundation. Massage Envy hopes to reclaim the title previously set in 2009 in Rosslyn, VA. The current record of 263 massages is held in Australia.
“We’re excited about bringing a Guinness World Record back to the United States where it belongs,” says Les Snyder, regional developer for Massage Envy Heartland Inc., “Plus, hundreds of Kansas Citians will have the opportunity to be a part of setting the record and experience the benefits of a massage at the same time. We’re also pleased to have our first opportunity to give support to Massage Envy’s national charity, The Arthritis Foundation.”
Therapists from across the United States are being recruited. For more information on therapist recruitment, go to www.MassageRecord.com.