Successful Hands Grant Program Winners Announced

Successful Hands Grant Program Winners Announced

Successful Hands Grant Program Winners Announced

1117_Successful-Hands-logo-300x108Massage therapy student grant program received over 650 applications

AKRON, Ohio - Biofreeze(r), Massage Envy Spa(r) and Bon Vital'(r) are pleased to announce the winners of their collaborative Successful Hands Grant Program. The program was launched in May 2014 to support professional massage therapy students in their educational pursuits.

Students applied for one of five $1,000 grants. In addition, each winner's school received a $1,000 grant package. All applicants were asked to complete a 200-word essay on "What does being a successful massage therapist mean to me?" The submission process closed on Oct. 15, 2014.

The winners are:

  • Jerrell Bostick, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Brea Collier, National Holistic Institute, Studio City, California
  • Sharon Edelman, Lourdes Institute of Holistic Studies, Collingswood, New Jersey
  • Liliane Li, Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, Austin, Texas
  • Donna Reid, Cuyahoga Community College, Highland Hills, Ohio

"It has been truly gratifying to help develop and support this program in partnership with Massage Envy Spa," said Lynda Solien-Wolfe, vice president massage and spa, Performance Health. "We received over 650 applications representing 215 massage therapy schools. Our profession's future is obviously in good hands based on the passion and professionalism illustrated in the applications we received. It wasn't easy for our selection committee to choose the five winning essays-sincerely the best of the best."

The review committee members were:

  • Karen Menehan, Editor in Chief, Massage Magazine
  • Scott Dartnall, President and CEO, ONE Concept
  • CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising
  • Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President Massage and Spa, Performance Health

"As always, it was a pleasure to work with Lynda and the Performance Health team. It was also great fun and heartwarming," said CG Funk, vice president, industry relations and product development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising. "Because of the overwhelming response we had for this program, I'm pleased to announce that we'll be implementing the program again in 2015. We will share all the details in January and begin accepting applications on Feb. 1, 2015."

About Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa (, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchised locations, is a leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has nearly 1,000 franchise locations in 49 states and 1.5 million members.

About Bon Vital'

Bon Vital' ( uses science and innovation to create products that are not only wellness for the skin, but also good for the environment. Founded in 1988, the Bon Vital' laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to bringing health care professionals superior quality and all natural and organic products. Bon Vital' was acquired by Performance Health in January 2014.

About Biofreeze Pain Reliever

Biofreeze(r) Pain Reliever ( is the No. 1 clinically used and recommended topical analgesic. For over 20 years, Biofreeze products have been helping people reduce their pain and manage discomfort. This market leading topical analgesic provides relief for millions of individuals suffering from sore or strained muscles, shoulder and arm discomfort, neck, hip and leg pain, back pain, painful joints, ankle and foot pain, and pain associated with bruising or arthritis.

About Performance Health

Featuring leading brands like Biofreeze(r), Bon Vital'(r), Prossage(r) and TheraBandTM, Performance Health ( offers a broad portfolio of products for the massage therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, podiatric and performance markets.

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