Projects provide massage therapy to individuals facing serious life-changing experiences

Oct. 16, 2012–SAN DIEGO–BIOTONE has announced a donation of $15,000 to support two Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) 2012 community service projects. Since 2004, BIOTONE has been a major MTF donor, contributing more than $100,000 to the foundation’s programs and services. BIOTONE’s contribution this year makes it possible for individuals going through serious life-changing experiences to benefit from massage.

“Over the years BIOTONE’s commitment to our community service efforts has made it possible for hundreds of individuals in cities and towns across the country and beyond to experience the healing benefits of massage therapy,” said Ruth Werner, MTF president. “We greatly value BIOTONE’s philanthropy and its industry leadership in supporting programs that raise awareness about massage therapy as part of integrated healthcare.”

About the BIOTONE-funded projects

“Free Fulfillment” is a program offered by the Exodus Transitional Community out of Brooklyn, New York, to provide stress-reducing professional massage to former inmates attempting to begin new lives following their release from prison. A prior recipient of a 2011 MTF Community Service Grant, Free Fulfillment had a 96-percent success rate at reducing stress levels in participants, who face a number of challenges in finding employment, locating stable housing and maintaining relationships.

“Grief Massage” offered by The Respite in Charlotte, North Carolina, helps individuals reclaim their lives following the loss of a loved one. The grant will allow the grief massage project at The Respite to provide weekly Swedish massage sessions to individuals who have suffered traumatic loss in the past year.

“Among BIOTONE”s charitable contributions, funding for the Massage Therapy Foundation community service projects has always been a priority,” said Jean Shea, BIOTONE president. “The MTF program enables us to provide healing touch to community members who otherwise might never have the opportunity to experience massage. We also learn a great deal from the various community projects about the power of massage to heal a range of physical and emotional issues. We look forward to a continued partnership with the Massage Therapy Foundation to explore exciting new areas for the application of massage therapy.”

About the Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501 (C) 3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education and community service. For more information, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org.

About BIOTONE

BIOTONE, headquartered in San Diego, California, is the leading manufacturer of quality massage oils, cremes, lotions and gels as well as spa body and face and foot treatment products. Founded in 1980, BIOTONE is an independently owned business. The company sells its products in the U.S. and internationally. For more information on BIOTONE, visit www.biotone.com or call (800) 445-6457.

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