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Carrie Ann Inaba Joins Campaign to Help Fight Arthritis;  On September 18, $10 from Every Massage or Facial to Benefit the Arthritis Foundation

Scottsdale, Ariz. (August 20, 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 raise funds to find a cure for arthritis. On Sept. 18, 2013, all of Massage Envy’s nearly 900 locations will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Since 2011, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $1 million to help the Arthritis Foundation serve the 50 million adults and 300,000 children affected by the disease.

“We are again thrilled to be hosting the Healing Hands for Arthritis event at all Massage Envy Spa locations throughout the U.S.,” said Dave Crisalli, President and CEO of Massage Envy Spa. “Our brand remains deeply committed to helping the Arthritis Foundation fight this debilitating disease.”

To schedule a massage or facial, contact your local Massage Envy Spa clinic. Reservations are now being accepted for Sept. 18 on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who cannot attend Healing Hands for Arthritis can still donate by texting the word “massage” to 80888. Donations can be made in $10 increments up to a total of three times per mobile phone (standard text message rates per your cell phone provider do apply).

“It's so important to bring awareness to arthritis and the millions of Americans living with pain,” said Carrie Ann Inaba, television host and “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity judge. “Giving back to the Arthritis Foundation is a cause close to my heart as I personally battle with the disease, and I am honored to be a part of this year’s Healing Hands for Arthritis campaign.”

Inaba suffers from spinal stenosis, a painful arthritic condition where the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves.  She has undergone treatments that have helped alleviate the pain, but arthritis is a chronic condition and regular maintenance is important.  She uses both eastern and western approaches to keep her condition and pain in control.  Massage has been an important part of her regimen for well being along with healthy eating habits and acupuncture. 

By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million or 25 percent of the projected total adult population will have arthritis. Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation share a common understanding about the devastating effects of arthritis on the body, the rising prevalence and the crucial need to raise money for a cure through events like Healing Hands for Arthritis.

Until there is a cure, massage therapy may help relieve and control certain symptoms. Massage therapy can play an important role in alleviating the pain and swelling caused by arthritis, as well as improving flexibility and circulation and reducing stress and anxiety. 

“We are proud to partner with Massage Envy Spa for the third year in a row to host Healing Hands for Arthritis,” said Arthritis Foundation Chief Development Officer Meagan Fulmer. “The funds raised during this one-day event across the country will provide support for arthritis education, advocacy and research to cure our nation’s leading cause of disability.”

Additionally, Massage Envy’s partners will donate 10 percent of all sales from their products sold during the event to the Arthritis Foundation, including Murad®BioFreeze and Wyndmere.

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 Spa owners from across the country have and will continue to have a presence at their local Arthritis Walk 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 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 Spa has over 890 locations in 48 states. In addition, the average unit volume for a Massage Envy is $1.3 million. The company was recently ranked #81 in Entrepreneur’s 2013 Franchise 500 and #29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a Military Friendly Franchise in 2013. For more information, visit

Arthritis Foundation

Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation ( 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; 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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