Akron, Ohio-Two massage therapy students received $500 Successful Hands grants during Student Day at the ONE Concept Conference on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.
The Successful Hands Grant ProgramTM, launched through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze(r), Massage Envy Spa(r) and Bon Vital'(r), supports professional massage therapy students in their educational pursuits. ONE Concept, the conference organizer, partnered with Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital' to promote the grant program during the conference.
Student Andrea Guy from the International Professional School of Bodywork, San Diego, California, and graduate Paul Chen from David's Massage School, Whittier, California, were each presented $500 Successful Hands grants by CG Funk, vice president, industry relations and product development for Massage Envy Spa Franchising; Marshall Dahneke, CEO, Performance Health/Biofreeze and Bon Vital' brands; and Scott Dartnall, president and CEO of ONE Concept.
"Congratulations to Andrea and Paul on winning a Successful Hands Grant. We are pleased to be able to offer this grant program, and trust that these funds will further support Andrea and Paul on their path to a highly successful massage therapy career," stated Funk.
"I'd like to add my congratulations and thank ONE Concept for their continued support of our grant program," added Dahneke. "We know that collaborative programs such as this provide real opportunities for all of us to contribute to our profession's strength and secure its future."
"It was a real honor to once again partner with Massage Envy Spa and Performance Health in support of the Successful Hands Grant Program," stated Dartnall. "I know I speak for all of us in our profession when I say thank you to Massage Envy Spa and Performance Health for their extensive support of student programs and the massage therapy profession."
Current massage therapy students can also apply for one of five $1,000 Successful Hands grants. The grant application process requires students to complete an essay of 200 words or less on "What does being a successful massage therapist mean to me?" A team of industry representatives will review all submissions to choose the five winners. In addition, each winner's school will receive a $500 grant and a $500 product package.
Student applications must be received by Oct. 15, 2014, and are accepted online at www.successfulhandsgrants.com. Winners will be notified no later than Dec. 1, 2014. The grant funds can be used for program fees, books and supplies, licensing, association membership or to purchase product and equipment.
About ONE Concept
ONE Concept is the organizer of ONE Concept Integrative Health and Wellness Conferences and is committed to improving the health and well-being of this planet as a whole through the commitment of our industry's leading practitioners, educators, manufacturers, clients and leaders by providing education, sustainable product development, networking, marketing and training.
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 U.S. 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, ensuring a better world for all to live in. 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 #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 including 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.