Winning Massage Schools to Receive $2500 Grants for Community Contribution

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BIOTONE today launched its 2009 Edu-Partner Community Outreach Award Program. This marks the third year in which BIOTONE awards two massage schools $2500 each for community volunteer massage therapy programs conducted during the year. BIOTONE will announce the recipients in February 2010.

BIOTONE established the Community Outreach Award in 2007 to reward massage therapy schools for helping their community, providing students with unique, hands-on training and advancing public awareness of the healing value of massage. In making its selection, BIOTONE evaluates a program’s impact on the community, benefits to recipients and ability to meet stated goals.

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

Past Award Recipients

Recipients of the 2007 BIOTONE Award 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 community needs following the Virginia Tech shootings.

Awards for the 2008 program included The Institute for Therapeutic Massage, Haskell, N.J., for establishing an Oncology Massage Program to educate students and the community about oncology massage; and Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, Minn., who under a partnership with the Pillsbury House, a non-profit inner-city neighborhood center, developed an integrative health program for the underserved and economically disadvantaged in South Minneapolis.

Submission for the BIOTONE Community Outreach Award runs through December 31, 2009. All programs 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, Calif., is the leading manufacturer of superior quality professional massage oils, cremes, lotions and gels as well as spa body, face and foot 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.