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Healing Hands for Arthritis

As an employee of the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio market, I’m constantly in awe of the generous donors that come forward with unique ways to support of our organization and its constituents.  And this week, we have a very special way for those with arthritis to really benefit first hand. Once again, the Arthritis Foundation is partnering with Massage Envy for Healing Hands for Arthritis Day.


On Wednesday, September 18, The Arthritis Foundation is pleased to be able to offer its constituents who suffer from arthritis a massage at Massage Envy for FREE!  Massage Envy also will donate $10 of every massage or facial and 10% of all products sold at Massage Envy Clinics to the Arthritis Foundation, with a goal of raising $1,000,000 across the country.

Massage therapy can play an important role in alleviating the pain and swelling caused by arthritis, improving flexibility and circulation and reducing stress and anxiety - plus who wouldn’t love an hour of peace and quiet in their day?

Here are the requirements for a FREE massage:

  • You have arthritis and would benefit from a massage
  • You are not currently a Massage Envy member
  • You can claim your massage on Wednesday, September 18 - Healing Hands for Arthritis Day
  • Reservations will be on a first-come, first- served basis

Other information:

  • The value of the free massage is $78
  • Tipping is not required, but it would be a nice gesture; $10 to $15 would be appropriate
  • It will take a total of 60 minutes (50 minutes on the table, 5 minutes before for a consultation and 5 minutes afterwards to get dressed)

To book your appointment:

  • Call one of the clinics listed below and tell the staff person that the Arthritis Foundation referred you for a free massage for Healing Hands for Arthritis Day on Wednesday, September 18
  • Staff person will ask for a credit card number to reserve your appt. but will not charge anything
  • The number of donated services are limited and will vary by location.  If the clinic closest to you does not have any services available, you can go on a wait list, as the clinic continues to work to identify additional appointments, or you can ask for availability at another location
  • Please be aware that being placed on the wait list does not hold an appointment for you

Participating locations include:

  • AVON: 35825 Detroit Rd, Avon, OH 44011 - (440) 937-0877
  • BEACHWOOD – ACROSS FROM VILLAGE SQUARE: 27520 Chagrin Boulevard, Beachwood, OH  44122 - (216)464-3689
  • BEACHWOOD – AT LA PLACE: 2101 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122 - (216) 593-0140
  • BELDEN VILLAGE: 4470 Everhard Rd., Canton, OH 44718 – (330) 526-0444
  • FAIRLAWN: 3265 W. Market St. Summit Mall, Fairlawn, OH 44333 - (330) 867-ENVY (3689)
  • STRONGSVILLE: 6 Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH 44136 - (440) 878-0500
  • WESTLAKE: 30307 Detroit Road, Westlake, OH 44145 - (440) 808-8000

Those who cannot attend can still donate $10 by texting the word “massage” to 80888 from Wednesday, September 18th through Friday, September 20th.

If you have any questions and live in the Northeastern Ohio area, please contact or 216.285.2826. Or leave a comment below and I’ll try to get an answer for you.

So do us a favor: spread the word about this opportunity for those with arthritis to get a bit of ease through a wonderful opportunity from Massage Envy!

Disclosure: I work full-time at the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio market. Sharing this information is not part of my job responsibilities. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

keeping warm & staying motivated (plus the ellasport giveaway winner)

It’s very fitting that on the morning I planned to announce the winner of the ellasport Chloe Long-Sleeve Tee that Cleveland is getting a significant coating of snow!! So were you the lucky winner? Let’s first find out your responses to the mandatory first entry questions: here are favorite workout motivation tactics and your favorite “keep warm in the winter” tricks…

your favorite “keep warm in the winter” tricks included:

  • Keep moving! The more energy I expend working out, the warmer I feel to sip lots of hot tea – so good for you and really helps keep me warm. Also snuggling up with my fur ball works too…
  • My favorite trick for staying warm in the CLE winter = leggings under EVERYTHING. Even leggings under leggings! Sweater tights work pretty well, too.
  • Lots of layers – you can never be too prepared! Not to mention after our long runs on Saturdays the girls and I end at Starbucks for a nice hot latte!!!!!
  • My favorite winter work out tactic is to keep my home on the cool to colder side. This way being cold makes me get on my treadmill to work up a good sweat. Then I don’t mind that the house is cold.
  • Hand warmers! I use them all the time in the winter. I buy them in bulk at Costco and Marshalls usually has them on sale.
  • My trick for staying warm is wearing a scarf every day all day even indoors. It is a neural brown so it goes with every outfit!
  • I do some light cardio in the house before I head outside to stay warm!
  • to stay warm at home i wrap myself in my heated blankie…

I have to admit – I’m a HUGE fan of the leggings under EVERYTHING suggestion. I also find a pup will sub as a heated blanket in a pinch!

your favorite workout motivation tactics included:

  • If I’m lacking motivation, I just need to GET OUT THE FRONT DOOR. seriously, works every time.
  • I know I am crazy, but I love a cold snowy run. I find battling the elements to be very motivating!
  • Motivation for me is that I always ALWAYS feel better after I work out. ALWAYS.
  • My current motivation is the upcoming wedding. I had my first fitting, so no gaining for me!
  • I like the “you’re stronger than you think you are” mantra.
  • I always stay motivated to work out by remembering how “slow and sluggish” my body feels when I don’t.
  • I’m still in the “getting healthy” not “super athlete” phase. So I set reminders on my phone to get moving.
  • SUCK IN YOUR ABS when doing weight training!
  • I find it easier though if I get up in the morning and get it out of the way.
  • My motivation trick is to leave my workout clothes out the night before an A.M. workout.
  • My motivation for workout is that I will stay fit and I can wear all my favorite dresses without any adjustments.
  • My favorite workout motivation tactic for running is to have an outfit that makes me feel fast.
  • My go-to motivation is in knowing how fast the ability to run and move can be taken from you. Makes me grateful to have get up and go.
  • My best motivation is working out with a friend, or a killer music playlist on the iPod.
  • My favorite motivation tactic is definitely accountability. If my boyfriend knows I plan on running five miles and I don’t, I’ll feel lame.
  • I like to daydream about my beach vacations, it helps me think about how I’d LIKE to look in my bikini.

Whenever you are lacking motivation, think back on these suggestions – I think I’ve used them all at some point to get my body moving!

So what did our giveaway winner have to say?



Congrats Melissa from I Crashed The Web! I love the idea to sleep IN your workout gear – talk about setting yourself up for success! And I think you’re right – the length of the shirt is going to be perfect on you!! Please email me at poiseinparma (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing info to claim your prize.

Many thanks to everyone who entered and to ellasport for their generosity!! Make sure to visit their site to see all their workout gear options and to “like” them on Facebook. Based on the snowflakes coming down this morning, I’m very happy to have that extra long sleeve layer!

a big announcement: I’m speakin’ at Fitbloggin’ 2012!

This is turning into a huge week at PIP Headquarters. Yesterday I supposed I “formally” announced my plans to attend Nishkama Yoga Teacher Training so I can become a yoga instructor by the end of 2012. Many thanks to all for your great advice on yesterday’s post – I’m still deciding on next steps on finding my balance between running and yoga, but at least know I have many options!

I was then surprised with an email late last night from Roni of SkinnyMinnyMedia: my application to speak at the 2012 Fitbloggin’ conference had been accepted! Baltimore, here I come for round two of fitness blogging conference adventures!

On the official Fitbloggin’ 2012 schedule you’ll find the following listed for Saturday, September 22 at 3:45:

Get Down to Business: Taking Your Online Community Offline with Alicia Hansen

My presentation’s tagline? What do you mean you met on Twitter? I’ll share my experience and tips on how to take that awkward step from sitting behind a computer screen to meeting in real life – and how that process can help you reach your goals. I’m honored to be presenting along side of so many influential and amazing speakers on a topic I truly am passionate about.

The timing of this news could not have been better as tonight is our first Ohio Blogging Association meetup for 2012 at Whole Foods Market Cedar Center. It’s all very apropos – isn’t it?! There’s still time to get in on the pizza throwdown fun: RSVP over at the Facebook event page & don’t forget your $10 CASH per person for your entry fee.

Interested in attending Fitbloggin’? Early bird tickets are still on sale at their Eventbrite site. You won’t want to miss this one!

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