Award presented at the Florida State Massage Therapy Association Annual Convention

Anna I. Rodriguez Receives Performance Health FSMTA 2013 Humanitarian Award, MASSAGE MagazineAkron, OH. Anna Rodriguez was presented with the Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award at this year’s Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) Annual Convention. Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Biofreeze®, Prossage® and Thera-Band® health-and-wellness products, honors an individual annually in the massage therapy industry for their efforts in improving the welfare of their clients and demonstrating selfless devotion to others. This is the ninth year that Performance Health has presented the award.

Bob Poirier, vice president of commercial operations for Performance Health, had the honor of presenting the award to Rodriguez.

“As the founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Anna has received numerous recognitions and awards for her passion and dedication to identify, rescue and restore victims lives. We are very proud to add this Humanitarian Award to her long list of accolades and pleased that we had opportunity to present it on her birthday,” stated Poirier. “Anna tirelessly travels around the country speaking and training law enforcement, community organizations and faith based organizations about human trafficking. Although she is neither a massage therapist nor a member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, her value to massage is immense as she continues to help us in our fight to stop unlicensed and illicit activity within the massage profession.”

Upon receiving the award, Rodriguez said, “I am honored and thankful to Performance Health for bestowing this recognition as it motivates me even further to pursue my mission of advocating for human rights and especially eradicating human trafficking.”

In addition to honoring Rodriguez at the FSMTA convention, Performance Health will donate $1,000 to the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking organization.

About The Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking

The mission of FCAHT is to improve and provide outreach and services to victims of human trafficking throughout the State of Florida by developing support programs, networking, coalition building, training, service delivery and referrals to victims in need.

About Florida State Massage Therapy Association

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), the oldest professional massage therapy association in the country, is the only association that works exclusively for massage therapists in Florida. Since its beginning, the FSMTA has been involved in the legislative process concerning the massage therapy profession. The FSMTA’s mission “to unify the massage therapy profession while creating, representing and promoting standards of excellence in health care” validates the FSMTA’s promise to serve and protect the massage therapist in Florida.

About Performance Health

Featuring leading brands like Thera-Band®, Biofreeze® and Pedigenix®, Performance Health offers a broad portfolio of products for the therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, massage, podiatric and performance markets. In addition to market-leading products, Performance Health provides practice building support, evidence-based protocols, clinical and product education, turn-key dispensing and pain management solutions.