Glendale Massage Envy Spa owner Helen McDonagh had a goal of 100 massages to be booked on Oct. 12. The national massage chain, in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, presented “Healing Hands for Arthritis.” A donation of $10 to the Arthritis Foundation would come from every $49 massage (normally $98 per massage for non-members of the spa).
Local Massage Envy Office Manager and Glendale resident Dialle Co explained that all 700-plus locations of national Massage Envy were participating. “This is the first time we’re donating to the Arthritis Foundation,” Co said. “Massages help alleviate some of the effects of arthritis.” In fact, arthritis patients are encouraged to receive massages. Massage therapist Lacey Roberts has been trained to work with people who have arthritis. For arthritis patients in wheelchairs, Roberts works from a chair. Roberts also saves her lightest touch for her arthritis clients’ wrists, a common area of the body where arthritis strikes.