Massage Envy DC-MD-NoVA Hosts Healing Hands for Arthritis to Benefit the Arthritis Foundation

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Wednesday, October 12, Massage Envy clinics throughout the D.C./Baltimore metro area are 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.

"This event enables our clients and communities to show their support for individuals, both children and adults, faced with arthritis."

On this day, which aligns with World Arthritis Day, all 25 area Massage Envy clinics in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia will donate $10 from every one-hour massage and facial to the Arthritis Foundation and directly support the one in five adults and nearly 300,000 children who suffer from the pain of arthritis. This year marks the first year Massage Envy, the national leader of affordable and convenient massage and spa services, joins forces with the Arthritis Foundation and over 700 clinics across the country will take part in Healing Hands for Arthritis.

"Partnering with the Arthritis Foundation was a natural fit, as we both a share a common understanding about the seriousness of the disease, the power of massage therapy to relieve symptoms, and what must be done to prevent, cure and control it," said Eric Barton, Regional Developer for Massage Envy. "This event enables our clients and communities to show their support for individuals, both children and adults, faced with arthritis."

All proceeds donated during Healing Hands for Arthritis will support the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases. Additionally, Murad®, Massage Envy Spa's strategic skin care partner, will donate 10 percent of all sales from products sold at the clinics during the event to the Arthritis Foundation.

Over the past two years, Massage Envy has donated nearly $100,000 to fund clinical research related to the benefits of massage therapy. Recent scientific studies have found that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress levels, and reduces recovery time in many medical conditions including arthritis.

Healing Hands for Arthritis is open to the public and requires an appointment at any of the D.C./Baltimore metro area Massage Envy clinics. For a complete listing of all locations please visit www.massageenvy.com.

About Massage Envy DC-MD-NoVA:

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has 700 locations in 44 states and has experienced 25 percent year-over-year growth. The company was recently named a top AllBusiness (a D&B company) AllStar Franchise, and is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA). In the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, there are 25 Massage Envy centers serving approximately 45,000 members. To learn more about Massage Envy DC-MD-NoVA please visit our website.

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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