SHandsLogo14AKRON, Ohio — The Successful Hands Grant Program™, developed through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze®, Massage Envy Spa® and Bon Vital’®, supports professional massage therapy students and their schools. The 2015 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 are very excited to offer this program again, and I’m delighted that we have expanded it from five grants to eight grants this year,” said CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising. “Based on last year’s inspirational submissions, we know our investment in these grants has and will continue to make an impact. It’s truly gratifying and uplifting to be a co-sponsor of this program.”

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 Oct. 15, 2015, 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 Dec. 1, 2015.

“Performance Health and Massage Envy Spa share a philosophy of giving and a common goal to advance the massage therapy profession. We believe this program provides real opportunity for us to further contribute to its strength and its future,” said Marshal Dahneke, CEO, Performance Health/Biofreeze and Bon Vital’ brands. “I encourage all students to submit an application and inspire us with their hopes and aspirations. They too could be a deserving recipient of a Successful Hands grant.”

Communication materials to aid schools in sharing this program with their students are available at

About Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa is a national franchisor based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and facial services to members and guests through its franchise locations. Massage Envy Spa has more than 1,050 franchise locations in 49 states and over 1.5 million members. Massage Envy Spa is the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the United States.

About Biofreeze Pain Reliever

Biofreeze® 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 Bon Vital’

At Bon Vital’, we use science and innovation to create products that provide wellness for the skin and are good for the environment, ensuring a better world for all of us. 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 & organic products. We design, manufacture and package all of our products in-house from formulas that we have developed.

About Performance Health

Featuring leading brands like Biofreeze®, Bon Vital’® Prossage®, Thera°Pearl® and TheraBand™, Performance Health offers a broad portfolio of products for the massage, therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, podiatric and performance markets.