Pushing Limits for Good

How We Got Our Start

In 2016, Monica Helmstetter, Founder of We Work Well, combined her love of exercise with her passion for philanthropy, and started the group she called #SpasPushingLimits. Monica knew several like-minded and highly motivated colleagues from the wellness industry, so she came up with the idea that they would do what they love and do it for a good cause. As such, #SpasPushingLimits was born.


The group quickly took off and had a successful first event in the Summer of 2017, participating in the Half Ironman in Victoria BC raising more than $10,000 for Eminence Kids Foundation. All of the money raised was used to open a new outpost in Charleston, where children undergoing cancer treatments are served organic, healthy meals.

In the fall of 2017, the group partnered with the Canyon Ranch SpaClub hosting a silent meditation at The Venetian to honor and fund-raise for the victims of the Las Vegas shootings at Mandalay Bay. The session raised $750, and Zappos matched the donation 100 percent, bringing the fundraising total to $1,500.  On the same day, #spaspushinglimits also joined forces with the International Spa Association (ISPA) leadership, and hiked Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. Raising over $8,000 to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which supports research of blood cancer treatments.

In 2018, SpasPushingLimits worked closely with Wellness for Cancer and its founder, Julie Bach, with a mission to raise money for their own industry colleagues who has been touched by cancer, thru the Giving Back to Our Own program. The Spas Pushing Limits group had a number of teams participating in the Half Ironman Boulder CO on August 4, with representation from wellness industry brands, including Biologique Recherche, American Spa , Spa Buzz, Zeel, Oxford Club and Spa, and St. Regis Hotels, among others, racing more than $12,000.00 for the new program. Again, the group partnered with the ISPA leadership and organized a pre-conference hike at Camelback Mountain adding another $1800 towards the Giving Back to Our Own Program.

For 2019 the group has chosen charity:water as their beneficiary. A generous donation of $10,000.00 was received first week of January, bringing the total fundraising of the group to over $45,000.00. 

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