Successful Hands GrantsThird Annual Successful Hands Grant Program awards over $15,000 in grants and product prizes

Akron, Ohio – March 1, 2016 — The Successful Hands Grant Program™, developed through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze®, Massage Envy® and Bon Vital’®, supports professional massage therapy students and their schools. The 2016 program allows students to apply for one of eight $1,000 grants. In addition, each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a $500 product package.

“We know that a big part of Massage Envy’s success relies on the many passionate massage therapists who enter into this industry to help people feel their best,” said Debbie Gonzalez, chief brand officer, Massage Envy. “That’s why we are excited to be able to contribute to and co-sponsor this grant program. We look forward to reviewing the inspirational submissions and helping grow the community with additional talented massage professionals.”

The grant application process requires students to complete an essay of 200 words or less on “What being a successful massage therapist means to me.” Applications must be received by October 15, 2016, and are accepted online at

The grant funds can be used for program fees, books and supplies, licensing, association membership, or to purchase products. A committee of industry representatives will review the submissions to choose the eight winners. Winners will be notified no later than December 1, 2016.

“We recognize that the health, vitality and strength of a profession rest on the skills, passion and experiences of those coming into it; and fortunately, based on last year’s outstanding submissions, our profession is attracting some of the best and brightest,” added Lynda Solien-Wolfe, vice president massage and spa, Performance Health. “We encourage all massage therapy students to participate in this program and wish them all the best of luck.”

Communication materials to aid schools in sharing this program with their students are also available at Like the program’s page on Facebook at


Massage Envy LogoAbout Massage Envy

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchise locations, is a leading provider of therapeutic massage and skin care services. With its membership model, Massage Envy believes total body care is an integral part of everyone’s well-being journey. The Massage Envy franchise system is, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians, with more than 25,000 dedicated professionals who provide best-in-class service to over 1.65 million members. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,100 franchise locations in 49 states that have delivered more than 100 million massages and facials. The company was recently ranked No. 1 Best Franchise with an initial investment of $500,001 and up by Forbes. For more information, visit, or follow Massage Envy on Twitter @MassageEnvy and Facebook


Hamstring Flexibility Improves After Massage Treatment, MASSAGE MagazineAbout Performance Health

Performance Health is a global health, wellness and self-care company. The Performance Health brands include Biofreeze®, TheraBand®, Cramer®, Bon Vital’®, Perform® and Thera°Pearl. Millions of users rely on Biofreeze Pain Reliever to relieve back, neck, shoulder, joint and arthritis pain. No other topical analgesic is backed by as much supporting research in today’s marketplace for cold therapy pain relief. Bon Vital’ is dedicated to delivering the highest-quality massage therapy and body care products to massage and spa professionals and their clients.