Thursday, August 30, 2012

Massage Envy hosts 2nd Annual Healing Hands for Arthritis on September 19

On September 19, $10 from every massage or facial benefits the Arthritis Foundation.

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 oneday national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On September 19, 2012, Massage Envy will donate $10 from every onehour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Last year, this oneday 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, nonprofit 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 firstcome, firstserve 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 wellbeing.

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