SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —Massage Envy Spa, a pioneer and leader in professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today it raised more than $1,051,000 in one day for the Arthritis Foundation during its fourth annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event. Since 2011, Healing Hands for Arthritis has raised over $3 million for the Arthritis Foundation to help find a cure for the 50 million adults and 300,000 children affected by the disease.
On Sept. 17, 2014, Massage Envy Spa’s more than 1,000 clinics donated $10 from every one-hour massage and facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Additionally, Massage Envy Spa’s partners Murad® and Performance Health donated 10 percent of all sales from their products to the Arthritis Foundation.
“We are extremely proud and humbled by the outpouring of support during our fourth annual Healing Hands for Arthritis,” said Joe Luongo, chief operating officer of Massage Envy Spa. “It’s tremendously rewarding to know that our members and guests understand how powerful therapeutic massage can be in relieving the pain associated with arthritis. As a longstanding partner of the Arthritis Foundation, we look forward to continuing our efforts to raise awareness and eventually find a cure to one of our nation’s leading causes of disability.”
By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million people, 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 that arthritis can have on the body, the rising prevalence of the disease and the crucial need to raise money for a cure through events like Healing Hands for Arthritis. Until there is a cure, massage therapy can help relieve and control certain symptoms and play an important role in alleviating the pain caused by arthritis, while improving flexibility and circulation.
“We are very grateful to have a partner like Massage Envy Spa that shares our commitment to supporting the more than 50 million people, including 300,000 children, who are living with arthritis,” said Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Ann M. Palmer. “The Arthritis Foundation is committed to helping every individual with arthritis live a better life as we search for a cure. Funding from generous supporters like Massage Envy Spa, and everyone who participated in Healing Hands for Arthritis, helps us meet that commitment.”
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 support their local Walk to Cure Arthritis events by sharing information about the benefits of massage therapy, providing chair massages and raising awareness of 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 a leading provider of therapeutic massage in the U.S. 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 more than 1,000 franchise locations in 49 states, and over 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 $3 million in four, 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, #79 in Franchise Time‘s Top 200, #54 in Entrepreneur‘s 2014 Franchise 500 and #27 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.
About The 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 U.S.’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.