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Massage Envy To Host Healing Hands for Arthritis Event

Massage Envy is gearing up to host the annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event on Wednesday, September 19. All Massage Envy locations nationwide, including 12 central Florida locations, will partner up with the Arthritis Foundation for the event to help raise awareness and funds for the organization.

“There’s no easier way to give back than to treat yourself, a friend or family member to a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or facial,” said Adam Toporek, Regional Developer for Massage Envy in Central Florida. “We welcome the Central Florida community to join us on September 19 to help fight arthritis, a disease that affects 50 million Americans and is America’s leading cause of disability.”

All day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 19, Massage Envy will donate $10 from every one-hour massage and facial session to the Arthritis Foundation. In addition, Murad—Massage Envy’s exclusive skincare partner—will donate 10 percent of all sales of products sold at Massage Envy on the day.

Those who wish to participate are encouraged to make an appointment by calling the nearest Massage Envy location or visiting the website at http://www.massageenvy.com to schedule an appointment.

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest national nonprofit organization supporting more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Since its founding in 1948, the foundation has funded more than $450 million in research grants making it the largest private, nonprofit contributor to arthritis research in the world.

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April is Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer is that dreaded six-letter word that unfortunately most of us have experienced- whether through our own personal battle or through a family member or friend. This campaign is to educate people of the facts, prevention and advances in treatment.

After heart disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Over a lifetime about 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the U.S. will develop cancer. While that sounds like a lot, cancer rates and death have actually been on the decline since the early 90’s. In even better news, the top cancer scientists in the country are feeling optimistic about the ongoing battle with cancer, and DNA is the reason.

When given the DNA of two different patients, typically the samples are going to look more than 99.99 percent the same. It is in that tiny difference that the secret of what is causing cancer is hidden. What is needed then is a drug that can correct the problems caused by DNA damage.  Now, thanks to giant leaps in the science of DNA sequencing, there is hope. Scientists now have the technology to be able to see deep enough into the cells and that means they can create new drugs to target what they’re seeing.

While this news leaves us feeling hopeful and optimistic, we should always remember that when it comes to cancer, early detection and prevention is the best treatment. One-third of cancers detected are related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity and poor diet and nutrition. Be sure you are leading an active lifestyle and maintain and nutritious diet. Also, people who use tobacco, drink heavily and have prolonged and unprotected exposure to sunlight are all at increased risk for certain cancers.

Not only are there new advancements in the treatment of cancer, there are new and more accurate screening methods that allow for earlier detection. This will allow doctors to treat patients before the disease progresses, and the earlier the cancer is found, the better the prognosis.

In honor of National Cancer Awareness Month, implement a better diet and physical activity into your daily routine to lessen your risk of developing the disease and be sure to keep up with all routine screenings. In the meantime, happy –and hopeful- Cancer Awareness Month!

Swedish Massage

Usually, when people think of massage, the type of massage that they visualize is a Swedish massage. Developed in Stockholm several centuries ago, this form of bodywork has become the most common type of massage that is performed

The massage therapists at Massage Envy will rub the muscles with long gliding strokes in the same direction of blood flowing back to the heart to get the client’s body to relax. Firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending, stretching, and applying pressure with their hands and palms are a few other techniques used to calm the muscles of the body down. The use of lotion will not only reduce friction, but stimulate the skin as well.

The benefits of a Swedish massage includes an increase of oxygen in the blood, a decline in muscle toxins, better circulation and flexibility, and less muscle tension.