Tampa woman claims relaxing massage was anything but

in Local Courts by
Ashley Meeke

When going to get a massage, one expects relaxation.

Yet, one Tampa Massage Envy Spa patron claims she received just the opposite. Ashley Meeke, 26, is now suing the spa for negligence.

In March 2013, Meeke went to the Massage Envy Spa on Dale Mabry Highway for a 90-minute relaxation massage. After Meeke had previously experienced inflammation after her massages, she requested a medium pressure treatment. After starting the massage, her masseuse informed her there was a knot in her shoulder blade.

The masseuse manipulated Meeke’s body so that the knot could be worked on.

According to the suit, for the next 20 minutes, the masseuse aggressively worked on the knot without changing intensity or moving to a new area. For the remainder of the massage, Meeke received vigorous treatment on her neck, shoulders and head. These methods were not what Meeke anticipated for her relaxation massage.

The next day Meeke had inflammation throughout her back and neck. A throbbing pain grew around the shoulder blade and she suffered from muscle spasms. This pain and discomfort interfered with Meeke’s ability to work and sleep.

To this day, Meeke experiences pain, loss of motion, migraines, TMJ, and other impairments in her neck, back and shoulders.

Meeke’s husband is also suing the spa for being deprived of the love and care from his wife as well as for the medical expenses incurred.

The suit was filed Nov. 15, 2016, more than three years after the massage.

The Massage Envy Spa in question is located at 17673 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz.

Massage Envy has faced lawsuits in the past for claims of sexual harassment.