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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 4, 2014--(PR Newswire)--

Massage Envy Spa And Arthritis Foundation's 4th Annual Healing Hands For Arthritis To Take Place On Sept. 17

Nationwide Fundraising Effort to Support Research for Nation's Leading Cause of Disability

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the success of its first three years, Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation will once again team up to host the fourth annual Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one-day national event to raise funds to find a cure for arthritis. On Sept. 17, all of Massage Envy Spa's over 1,000 clinics will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial performed to the Arthritis Foundation. Additionally, Massage Envy Spa's partners Murad, BioFreeze and Wyndmere will donate 10 percent of all sales from its products sold in clinic during the event to the Arthritis Foundation. Since 2011, Healing Hands for Arthritis has raised over $2 million for the Arthritis Foundation in support of the more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children affected by the disease.

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"When we launched Healing Hands for Arthritis three years ago, our goal was to bring arthritis to the forefront. Now in its fourth year, it has become part of our brand culture and has made a significant contribution toward research and the fight against arthritis," said Joe Luongo, chief operating officer of Massage Envy Spa. "None of these efforts would be possible without the ongoing support of our members and guests, which is why we encourage everyone to join us on Sept. 17 at our more than 1,000 clinics across the country for another great event."

Starting today, Healing Hands for Arthritis participants can schedule an appointment* for Sept. 17 at their local Massage Envy Spa clinic for a massage or facial. For more information and to join the conversation, participants can visit massageenvy.com, facebook.com/massageenvy or twitter.com/massageenvy using hashtag #HH4A.

"Massage Envy Spa continues to be an invaluable partner in our efforts in the fight against arthritis," said Arthritis Foundation Chief Development Officer Meagan Fulmer. "By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million — 25 percent of the projected total adult population — will have arthritis. The money raised during this one-day event will help fund new and potentially life-changing research and other efforts toward raising awareness about prevention and finding a cure."

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

*Reservations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 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 1,000 franchise 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 #1 Best Franchise with an initial investment of $500,001 and up by Forbes, #88 in 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.

Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and challenges of those living with arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Since 1948, the Foundation has remained committed to leading groundbreaking research for better treatments and a cure; fighting for patients' access to affordable and effective health care; and providing trusted information and resources to the more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with the disease.

CONTACT: Elayne Sommers
Fish Consulting
202.588.8138
esommers@fish-consulting.com

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