Successful Hands logoMassage therapy student grant program received a record high number of applications

 Akron, Ohio – December 11, 2018 – Performance Health and Massage Envy Franchising are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Successful Hands Grant Program. The program, a five-year collaboration between two industry leaders, supports professional massage therapy students by awarding eight $1,000 educational grants. In addition, each winner’s school receives a $1,000 grant package.

Applicants were asked to complete a 200-word essay on “What is your motivation for becoming a massage therapist?” The program was launched last February and over 960 applications were received before it closed on October 15, 2018.

“Our mission at Performance Health is help people feel good, perform better and live their best,” said Craig Hall, Director of Sales, Massage and Spa, Performance Health. “And one of the ways we do this is by partnering with other great organizations like Massage Envy. This grant initiative aligns well with both organizations’ goals to support the next generation of massage therapists and ensure the profession’s continued growth and success.”

The 2018 program recipients were announced in a video message today on the Successful Hands Grants and Massage Envy Careers Facebook pages and are listed below:

  • Lindsey Barra, Phoenix School of Massage, Houston, Texas
  • Lauren Birk, National Holistic Institute, Studio City, California
  • Michelle Lowdermilk, Kneaded Energy School of Massage, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Sebastian Stratton-Clarke, National Holistic Institute, Emeryville, California
  • Rebeca Torres-Rose, Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy, Albany, New York
  • Linnea Van Pelt, Kneaded Energy School of Massage, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Grace Wojdak, Denver Integrative Massage School, Denver, Colorado
  • Ariela Yomtovian, McKinnon Body Therapy Center, Oakland, California

“Massage therapists and their passionate commitment to helping others feel their best are at the heart of the Massage Envy brand’s mission,” said Joe Magnacca, CEO of Massage Envy Franchising. “We are committed to creating opportunities through education for massage therapists to find success and build fulfilling, life-long careers. We’re honored to continue to support the Successful Hands Grant program and we’re grateful to the selection committee and the time and careful consideration they gave to selecting this year’s winners from among all the wonderful submissions received this year.”

2018 review committee members:

  • Scott Dartnall, President and CEO, One Concept
  • Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, American Spa
  • Mae Manacap-Johnson, Content Marketing Editor for Design Uno Marketing Agency Boutique
  • Michelle Medaris, Associate Editor, Massage Today
  • Karen Menehan, Editor in Chief–Print & Digital of MASSAGE Magazine

“We can’t wait to see what our 2018 winners accomplish and we look forward to kicking off the 2019 Successful Hands Grant Program in the new year,” concluded Craig. “Be part of our Facebook community to stay up to date on all the launch details.”

About Massage Envy

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor and, through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skin care services, and proprietary assisted stretching service, Total Body Stretch. The Massage Envy franchise system is, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians, with more than 35,000 dedicated wellness professionals that provide best-in-class service to over 1.65 million members. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,180 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials.

About Performance Health

Performance Health is the largest specialty distributor and manufacturer of branded products and solutions for rehabilitation, recovery, and sports medicine in the world. The Performance Health brand family includes the well-known and highly recognized brand names Bon Vital’, Biofreeze, TheraBand, Cramer, Active Ankle, Perform and Hygenic. Performance Health is proud of its ability to serve anyone including those recovering from an injury, to those suffering from pain, to weekend warriors, to elite athletes, to health care professionals…and everyone in between. For each person, our purpose is simple: Help them feel good, perform better and live great!

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