Massage Envy clinics hold Healing Hands for Arthritis event Sept. 18

August 27, 2013

On Sept. 18, Massage Envy’s 24 Washington state clinics and spas will donate $10 from every one-hour massage session or facial to the Arthritis Foundation.

This is the third annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event, a national effort by Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation. In the past two years, it has raised more than $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation, with more than $30,000 coming from Washington state.

Massage Envy is accepting appointments for the one-day event. The clinics accept reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. Find your local Massage Envy at

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Massage Envy clinics give back to police, firefighters and EMTs

July 14, 2013

NEW – 6 a.m. June 14, 2013

From July 15-19, Puget Sound Massage Envy clinics will provide free one-hour massages to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who are actively employed in the line of duty.

The owners of local Massage Envy clinics and spas created the “Thanking our Community Heroes” event as a way to thank the public’s first responders.

At the same time, the clinics will hold a teddy bear drive to provide cuddly friends to children in traumatic situations. Donations must be new and no larger than 12 inches. Those who donate a stuffed animal will receive a free enhanced therapy with their paid massage session.

The free massage sessions for public defenders are by appointment only. A list of clinics and their contact information is available on the company’s website; proof of employment will be requested at check-in.

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Massage therapist accused of sexual misconduct fired from Issaquah clinic

June 17, 2013

NEW — 2 p.m. June 17, 2013

Days after state health officials suspended the license of Newcastle massage therapist Matthew E. Usher, his current employer, Elements Therapeutic Massage Issaquah, terminated him from its staff.

A charge of sexual misconduct with a patient at Newcastle’s Massage Envy led the state agency to immediately suspend his license.

Usher was criminally charged in King County Superior Court with indecent liberties, after he allegedly reached under the draping and touched a patient’s breast during a December 2012 massage treatment. He pleaded not guilty and a subsequent hearing is scheduled for July 11.

Usher began working at the Elements Therapeutic Massage in January, according to owner Glenda Sue Poletti. At the time of hiring, Usher was properly insured and licensed, she said. Read more

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