Massage Envy hosts 2nd annual benefit for Arthritis Foundation

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From Massage Envy

ASHEVILLE, NC – – Massage Envy, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, is once again joining forces with the Arthritis Foundation to host Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one‐day national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On September 19, 2012, Massage Envy will donate $10 from every one‐hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Last year, this one‐day event raised nearly $500,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

There are over 100 types of arthritis, a serious and sometimes deadly disease. Today, one in five adults and nearly 300,000 children suffer from the pain of arthritis. By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million or 25 percent of the projected total adult population will have arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, non‐profit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases.

“There’s no better way to give back than to treat yourself, a friend or family member to a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or facial,” said Jim Fitzsimmons, regional developer for Massage Envy North Carolina. “We strongly encourage the Asheville community to come out on September 19 to help fight a disease that affects 50 million Americans and is actually our nation’s leading cause of disability.”

To make an appointment for the Healing Hands for Arthritis event, contact your nearest Massage Envy. Reservations are now being accepted on a first‐come, first‐serve basis. All proceeds donated during Healing Hands for Arthritis will support the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis. Additionally, Murad®, Massage Envy Spa’s exclusive skin care partner, will donate 10 percent of all sales from their products sold at Massage Envy Spa locations during the event to the Arthritis Foundation.

“Partnering with the Arthritis Foundation was a natural fit, as we both a share a common understanding about the seriousness of the disease, the potential power of massage therapy to relieve certain symptoms, and what must be done to prevent, cure and control it,” said Fitzsimmons.

Recent scientific studies have found that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress levels and reduces recovery time in many medical conditions including arthritis. With consumers visiting massage therapists at least 140 million times a year, it is evident that more Americans are turning to therapeutic massage to relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia, while improving circulation, joint flexibility, sleep patterns and an overall sense of well‐being.

About Massage Envy
Massage Envy Limited, LLC, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise of massage clinics is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Massage Envy Spa is the company’s exciting, new venture, offering Murad® healthy skin facials as well as therapeutic massages. Visit www.massageenvy.com.

About The Arthritis Foundation
Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life‐changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.


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