SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Massage Envy announced today that its more than 1,150 independently owned and operated franchised locations joined forces for the annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event raising $908,846 for the Arthritis Foundation. The partnership, now in its sixth year, has collectively raised more than $5 million to help the more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children, living with the disease. "As the nation's leading provider of therapeutic massage and skincare services, we consider raising awareness of the therapeutic benefits of routine massage for people suffering from arthritis essential," said Joe Magnacca, CEO at Massage Envy. "At Massage Envy, we believe every person should feel their best and have access to affordable massage and skincare services as part of their wellness routine." Massage Envy franchised locations around the nation donated $10 to the Arthritis Foundation for every 60-minute massage or facial session performed on Sept. 28. The funds raised will help support life-changing resources and advancements for people with arthritis. Each year, arthritis causes more than $156 billion in lost wages and medical expenses and 172 million lost work days. By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million, or 25 percent of the projected total adult population, will have arthritis. "Our partnership with Massage Envy has allowed us to expand our programming to better serve those living with arthritis and help them win the fight against pain and anxiety, so they can live their best life possible," said Ann M. Palmer, president and chief executive officer of the Arthritis Foundation. Massage Envy is also a national sponsor of the Arthritis Foundation's fundraising events Walk to Cure Arthritis® and Jingle Bell Run®. For those interested in contributing to the Arthritis Foundation, donations are accepted all year long at http://www.arthritis.org/donate.php. About Massage EnvyMassage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skincare services. With its membership model, Massage Envy believes total body care is an integral part of everyone's well-being journey. The Massage Envy franchise system is, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians, with more than 25,000 dedicated professionals that provide best-in-class service to over 1.65 million members. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,150 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials. The company was recently ranked No. 1 Best Franchise with an initial investment of $500,001 and up by Forbes. For more information, visit www.MassageEnvy.com, or follow us on Twitter @MassageEnvy and Facebook www.facebook.com/MassageEnvy. About Arthritis Foundation The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation's goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life - and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4 million readers per issue.