Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation St. Louis to Host Third Annual Healing Hands for Arthritis Event on September 18

ST. LOUIS – September 4, 2013 – Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation have joined forces to host the third annual Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one-day national event to build awareness and raise funds in the fight against arthritis. On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Massage Envy St. Louis will donate $10 from every one-hour massage session or facial to the local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Over the past two years, this one-day nationwide event has raised more than $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation.

“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 Dan Lowery, regional developer for the Massage Envy St. Louis region. “We strongly encourage our local community to come out on September 18 to help fight arthritis, a disease that affects approximately 50 million Americans and is America’s leading cause of disability.”

To make an appointment for the Healing Hands for Arthritis event, contact your local Massage Envy (visit to find the location nearest you). 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. Wyndmere and BioFreeze will also donate 10 percent of all sales from their products from Massage Envy Spa locations.

“We’re excited to partner with Massage Envy Spa for a third year to help bring attention to arthritis,” said Jan Bignall, executive director of the Arthritis Foundation’s Heartland Region, Missouri Office. “Healing Hands for Arthritis provides support for arthritis education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.”

Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation share a common understanding about the devastating effects of arthritis on the body and the potential for massage therapy to relieve and control certain symptoms. Massage therapy can play an important role in alleviating the pain and swelling caused by arthritis, improving flexibility and circulation and reducing stress and anxiety.

In addition to hosting Healing Hands for Arthritis, Massage Envy Spa is a national sponsor of the Arthritis Foundation’s signature event, Arthritis Walk®. Massage Envy owners from across the country have been and continue to have a presence at their local Arthritis Walk events, taking the opportunity to share information about the benefits of massage therapy, provide chair massages and support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission.

About Massage Envy

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 members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has nearly 900 locations in 47 states. The company was recently ranked #81 in Entrepreneur’s 2013 Franchise 500 and #29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings.  Massage Envy is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a Military Friendly Franchise in 2013. For more information, visit

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.

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. The experienced, professional therapists at Massage Envy clinics can design effective and customized massage treatments to address the individual needs of any member or guest.

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. The Foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis. For more information about arthritis and the National Arthritis Foundation, visit

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For more information, contact:

Susan C. Evans, Massage Envy St. Louis

(314) 647-0733


Jan Bignall, Arthritis Foundation, Heartland Region

(314) 447-4881