Award presented at the Florida State Massage Therapy Association’s Annual Convention


Left to right – Jane Hyde Kordish, LMT (2015 award recipient); Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage & Spa, Performance Health; Blythin Leggett, LMT; Leiah J. Carr, LMT, President, FSMTA | Photo courtesy Action Jackson & FSMTA


Akron, Ohio – July 12, 2016 – Blythin Leggett, L.M.T. was presented the Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award at this year’s Florida State Massage Therapy Association’s Convention and Trade Show. Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Bon Vital’®, Biofreeze®, Prossage®, TheraBand, Cramer® and Thera°Pearl® health and wellness products, honors individuals annually in the massage therapy industry for their efforts in improving the welfare of their clients and demonstrating selfless devotion to others. This is the fourteenth year Performance Health and the FSMTA have presented this award.

“We are once again grateful for the opportunity to partner with the FSMTA to honor someone who quietly gives back so much to others,” stated Marshall Dahneke, President, Performance Health. “I love the heart of this profession and of its practitioners, and selecting just one person to honor among so many worthy choices is never easy. However, Blythin is another ‘poster child’ of generosity through her work with our military veterans.

“Blythin cares for and supports the needs of veterans by donating her time and expertise at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, and Quantico, Virginia. She also provides monthly volunteer support for an award-winning warrior-athlete who is paraplegic as a result of his sacrifice for us, and who is now a world-class jet ski competitor. She supports him and his team as well as other competing warrior-athletes, encouraging and enabling them to compete at their best. It is truly an honor to present Blythin with the 2016 Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award,” concluded Dahneke.

Blythin Leggett is a lifelong learner with a long list of degrees and certifications ranging from museum art education to personal training. She is a licensed massage therapist in Florida, a member of the FSMTA and has served on the FSMTA Sports Team since 2009.

In addition to honoring Leggett at the FSMTA convention, Performance Health will donate $1,000 to Special Operations Bionic Warriors.

“I am surprised, honored, humbled and absolutely full of gratitude to be the recipient of the 2016 Performance Health/FSMTA Humanitarian award. I am so fortunate to love my work as much as the people I serve,” Leggett said. “Although these special operations athletes are physically and emotionally reminded of their sacrifice 24/7, they regain awareness of their self-worth through building supportive relationships and are empowered by their challenge. I believe the Special Operations Bionic Warriors organization provides the strongest correlation with my mission, and I am pleased to have my award appropriated to them.”

“Blythin Leggett, L.M.T., serves as an outstanding role model for the massage therapy profession and the FSMTA. In her service to veterans and others she demonstrates compassion, commitment and professionalism,” added Leiah J. Carr, President, Florida State Massage Therapy Association. “Her advanced massage therapy training benefits all those she serves, truly improving the quality of their lives. The presentation of the 2016 Performance Health FSMTA Humanitarian Award to Blythin Leggett, L.M.T., is well-deserved. Blythin truly demonstrates the qualities of an outstanding humanitarian who changes lives on a daily basis.”


About Special Operations Bionic Warriors Inc.

Special Operations Bionic Warriors Inc. is a national nonprofit organization that enhances the quality of life, through sport, for U.S. Special Operations soldiers who are adversely affected by wounds, injuries or illness. The mission of Special Operations Bionic Warriors Inc. is to ensure wounded, injured or ill U.S. Special Operations athletes receive state-of-the-art adaptive sports equipment, world class coaching and access to cutting edge adaptive sports science that will ensure achievement of their athletic goals. Special Operations Bionic Warriors Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2012.


About Florida State Massage Therapy Association

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), the oldest professional massage therapy association in the country, is the only association that works exclusively for massage therapists in Florida. Since its beginning, the FSMTA has been involved in the legislative process concerning the massage therapy profession. The FSMTA’s mission, “To unify the massage therapy profession while creating, representing and promoting standards of excellence in health care,” validates the FSMTA’s promise to serve and protect the massage therapist in Florida.


About Performance Health

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, 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®, featuring a complementary product offering helping health care practitioners, patients and consumers relieve pain, accelerate recovery, grow stronger, improve performance and enhance quality of life for nearly 100 years. In addition to market-leading products, Performance Health supports health care practitioners through education initiatives, such as their massage therapy school program. Visit to learn more.