SAN DIEGO, CA – June 24, 2008 – BIOTONE today officially launched its 2008 Edu-Partner Community Outreach Award Program, marking the second year of the program. BIOTONE will award two massage schools $2500 each for volunteer massage therapy programs conducted during 2008 that help individuals in their community and at the same time provide massage students with an educational experience. BIOTONE will announce the award recipients in February 2009.

Criteria for award consideration include impact of the program on the community, benefit to recipients and ability to meet stated goals. Award winners for 2007 included The Academy of Somatics & Massage, Oxnard, Calif., for providing chair massage to participants in the American Cancer Walk and the Blue Ridge School of Massage & Yoga, Blacksburg, Va., for responding to its community in need during the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings.

The BIOTONE Community Outreach Award is part of the company’s Edu-Partner initiative in which BIOTONE helps schools raise their visibility among prospective students, and schools can participate with the company in joint marketing activities. To date, some 800 schools participate in the BIOTONE Edu-Partner program.

“The enormous contribution that these schools make to their community is inspiring,” said Jean Shea, BIOTONE founder and CEO. “We established the program as a way to recognize the volunteerism of our industry partners and also to raise awareness for the value of massage to boost community spirit as well as help a community through times of stress.”

Submission for the BIOTONE Community Outreach Award runs through December 31, 2008. To be considered, a program must be completed by the end of the year. For an application form, go to <> and click on Community Outreach Award.

BIOTONE, headquartered in San Diego, CA, is the leading manufacturer of superior quality professional massage oils, cremes, lotions and gels as well as spa body and face treatment products. Founded in 1980, BIOTONE is a family-run, woman-owned business. The company sells its products in the US and Internationally. More information can be found at <>. <> or by calling 800.445.6457.