MASSAGE ENVY SPA AND THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION CHICAGO HOST FOURTH ANNUAL HEALING HANDS FOR ARTHRITIS EVENT AT 37 CHICAGO LOCATIONS

MASSAGE ENVY SPA LOGOMassage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation have joined forces to host the fourth annual Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one-day national event to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis. On September 17, 2014, the 37 Massage Envy Spa locations in the greater Chicagoland area will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Since 2011, this one-day nationwide event has raised over $2M for the Arthritis Foundation.

“There is no better way to give back than to treat yourself, a friend or family member to a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or facial,” said Peter Carlson, Regional Developer / Partner at Massage Envy. “We strongly encourage the Chicago community to come out on September 17 to help fight arthritis, a disease that affects 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 Chicago area Massage Envy Spa by visiting http://www.massageenvy.com/regions/IL/Chicago. 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. 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. Additionally, Wyndmere and BioFreeze will donate 10 percent of all sales from their products from Massage Envy Spa locations.

“We are excited to partner with Massage Envy Spa to bring attention to arthritis. Healing Hands for Arthritis will provide support for arthritis education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services,” said Meagan Fulmer, chief development officer for the Arthritis Foundation.

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, Walk to Cure Arthritis®Massage Envy Spa owners from across the country have been and continue to have a presence at their local Walk to Cure Arthritis events to share information about the benefits of massage therapy, provide chair massages and support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission.

About Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchised locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massages 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 Spa has nearly 1,000 locations in 49 states and 1.5 million members. In addition, the average unit volume for a franchise location is $1.35 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $2 million in three, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #88 in Entrepreneur’s 2014 Franchise Time’s Top 200, #54 in Entrepreneur’s 2014 Franchise 500 and #24 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military-Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com

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 Spa clinics can design effective and customized massage treatments to address the individual needs of any member or guest.

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, painful, and unacceptable 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; fight for health care policies that improve the lives of millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.