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Healing Hands for Arthritis Event

As you all know, I’m involved with The Arthritis Foundation and love how they support so many more medical conditions than just arthritis (like fibromyalgia and lupus). When I heard about their partnership with Massage Envy for World Arthritis Day, I was so excited! If you haven’t heard of Massage Envy, they are a “national franchise dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to consumers with busy lifestyles.” They’re holding a Healing Hands for Arthritis event in which $10 from every hour long massage or facial is donated to The Arthritis Foundation! 10% of all Massage Envy retail sales will also be donated, thanks to partnerships with their suppliers (Murad and Wyndmere). This happens all across the country on October 12th.



Let me tell you one of the best parts of Massage Envy – they’re reasonably priced! They have introductory prices for your first service with them set at $39 for a massage or $49 for a facial. I took advantage of that massage deal one time I was having extreme back pain. Speaking of pain, did you know that the Vice President of Massage Envy Industry Relations & Product Development, CG Funk, has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 15 years?

You may have already heard that massage improves circulation, joint flexibility, sleep patterns and an overall sense of well-being, but 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.

Massage Envy is also a national sponsor for the Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis Walk. For more information about the Healing Hands for Arthritis event or Massage Envy in general, follow them on Facebook or Twitter and watch the video below.


Comment from Kelby
Time October 4, 2011 at 7:51 am

Great article! I met CG Funk in New Orleans. She was amazing and her story was so powerful. Amazing, kind spirited lady! She represents the Fibro community well :)
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Glad to know she is so great IRL!


Comment from Felicia Fibro
Time October 4, 2011 at 11:43 am

I hear that if you live in the Seattle area, Massage Envy locations in Northgate and Shoreline will give FREE massages to anybody who has arthritis for this Healing Hands for Arthritis event!


Comment from Lisa Copen
Time October 5, 2011 at 8:04 am

thanks for blogging about this! I saw it in a magazine (MORE I think) and on TV so kudo for ME for great advertising of their event too. When I first got RA a massage was wonderful, but as soon as I got FM it became torturous. Have others with fibro found any massage painful, even the gentle ones? I miss it!
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

I think we’re all different…I’ve heard some people with fibromyalgia say they get deep massage (way too painful for me) and I’ve heard others say light massage is too much for them.

I am able to benefit from massage if I get one that is a cross behind Swedish massage and therapeutic/sports massage. So, medium to light pressure with more work done on targeted areas. What helps me most with massage is constant communication throughout the massage – saying if I needed it lighter or if a certain area needs more work, etc… And, of course, drinking lots of water afterward.


Comment from Leslie
Time October 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I also think the connection is very natural. Massages and chiropractic care are two of the best ways to get relief along with following a good diet.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Massage and chiropractic care do help many (including me), but since people have different fibromyalgia experiences and symptoms, it may not be “the best way to get relief” for every person. Although, I think it is worth everyone exploring.


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