Grant program, supported by BIOTONE® and Biofreeze®, financially benefits both students and schools.

Helping Hands Gifts for Growth Grant Program Accepting Applications from Massage Students, MASSAGE MagazineAkron, OH. The Helping Hands Gifts for Growth Grant Program is accepting applications from professional massage students through Nov. 1, 2013. This program, sponsored by BIOTONE® and Biofreeze®, supports students in their educational pursuits or endeavors to launch a massage therapy practice. Students can apply for one of four $1,000 grants. In addition, each winner’s school will receive a $1,000 grant package.

“We are very pleased with the response we have received to date on this collaborative program,” stated Jean Shea, president of BIOTONE. “Since launching the Helping Hands program in May, we have received applications from hundreds of students representing over 100 schools.”

The grant funds can be used for program fees, books and supplies or to purchase product and equipment needed for training or launching a massage therapy practice.

“With the program ending in just about 60 days, we encourage all students to apply and encourage all schools to spread the word! The more students that apply from a school, the better the school’s chance of winning a $1,000 grant package,” added Marshall Dahneke, CEO of Performance Health, makers of Biofreeze. “We created a communications tool kit to enable schools to easily share this program with their students. This kit, available at, includes flyers, e-mail messages and Web banners.”

“I would also like to encourage all schools and students to attend the upcoming AMC/One Concept Conference being held in San Diego on Sept. 13-15, 2013,” continued Shea. “We will award four $500 student grants at the conference. No application is required; students simply complete an entry card at the conference.”

Congratulations to the following schools that now have a chance to win a $1,000 grant package because one or more of their students submitted a Helping Hands Grant application:

  • Acupuncture & Massage School – Miami, Florida
  • American Institute of Alternative Medicine – Columbus, Ohio
  • Anthem Career College – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Anthem College – South Fenton, Missouri
  • Arizona Massage Therapy School –  Phoenix, Arizona
  • Ashdown College of Health Sciences –  Redlands, California
  • Anthem Career College – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Baker College –  Jackson, Michigan
  • Baltimore School of Massage – Linthicum, Maryland
  • Bluegrass Professional School of Massage – Lexington, Kentucky
  • Broadview University – Meridian, Idaho
  • Broadview University –  Layton, Utah
  • CalCopa Massage School –  Huntington Beach, California
  • Center for Massage and Natural Health –  Asheville, North Carolina
  • Central Oregon Community College – Bend, Oregon
  • Central State Massage Academy – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Centura College –  Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Charles of Italy School of Massage Therapy – Lake Havasu City, Arizona
  • Chico Therapy Wellness Center –  Chico, California
  • Cincinnati School of Medical Massage – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Colorado School of Healing Arts – Lakewood, Colorado
  • Columbus State Community College – Columbus, Ohio
  • Cortiva Institute –  Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Cortiva Institute Somerset School of Massage Therapy – Wall Township, New Jersey
  • Crystal Mountain School of Therapeutic Massage – Albuquerque,  New Mexico
  • Daytona College – Ormond Beach, Florida
  • East West College of Bodywork and Massage – Portland, Oregon
  • East West College of the Healing Arts – Portland, Oregon
  • East-West Healing Arts Institute – Madison, Wisconsin
  • Ehove Adult Career Center – Milan, Ohio
  • Elements of Healing – Essex Junction, Vermont
  • Everest University-Largo – Largo, Florida
  • Everest Institute – Tigard, Oregon
  • Finger Lakes School of Massage – Ithaca, New York
  • Fremont College – Los Angeles, California
  • Georgia Career Institute – Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Globe University-Eau Claire – Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Harris School of Business – Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • Healing Arts and Massage School – Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Healing Arts Institute – Perrysburg, Ohio
  • Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills, California
  • Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Escondido, California
  • Healing Mountain Massage School – Cedar City, Utah
  • Healing Oaks School of Massage – Simi Valley, California
  • Healing Spirits Massage Training Program – Boulder, Colorado
  • Health Enrichment Center – Lapeer, Michigan
  • Holistic Massage Training Institute – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Indiana College of Sports and Medical Massage – Carmel, Indiana
  • Inland Massage Institute – Spokane, Washington
  • IntelliTec College – Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Inspirit Institute – Dubuque, Iowa
  • Institute for Massage Education at KCHA – Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Institute of Business and Medical Careers – Longmont, Colorado
  • Institute of Therapeutic Massage of Western Colorado – Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Irene’s Myomassology Institute – Southfield, Michigan
  • Ivy Tech – Sellersburg, Indiana
  • Kaplan College Palm Spring – Palm Spring, California
  • Kneaded Energy School of Massage – Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Lake Superior College – Duluth, Minnesota
  • Lexington Healing Arts Academy – Lexington, Kentucky
  • Louisville School of Massage – Louisville, Kentucky
  • Massage Institute of Cape Cod – Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • Mercer County Technical School – Trenton, New Jersey
  • Miami Dade College – Medical Center Campus – Miami, Florida
  • Miami-Jacobs Career College – Dayton, Ohio
  • Milan Institute – Visalia, California
  • Milan Sparks, Nevada
  • Miller-Motte Technical College – Augusta, Georgia
  • Mind Body Institute – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Minnesota School of Business – Rochester, Minnesota
  • Montana School of Massage – Missoula, Montana
  • National Holistic Institute – Studio City, California
  • National Holistic Institute – Orange County – Santa Ana, California
  • Northcoast Medical Training Academy – Kent, Ohio
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University – Bloomington, MInnesota
  • Ohio College of Massotherapy – Akron, Ohio
  • Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare of Herzing University – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oregon School of Massage – Portland, Oregon
  • Oregon School of Massage – Salem, Oregon
  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – San Diego, California
  • Phoenix School of Massage – Houston, Texas
  • Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Renaissance College/Massage Program – Bountiful, Utah
  • Sanford Brown Institute-Tampa – Tampa, Florida
  • San Francisco School of Massage – Oakland, California
  • Seacoast Career Schools – Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Southeastern Institute – Charleston, South Carolina
  • Southeastern Institute – Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts – Tempe, Arizona
  • Stark State College – North Canton, Ohio
  • Sunstate Academy – Clearwater, Florida
  • Swedish Institute – New York, New York
  • Tennessee Career Institute – Columbia, Tennessee
  • The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy – Albany, New York
  • The Salter School – Fall River, Massachusetts
  • The Salter School – Tewksbury, Massachusetts
  • Three Oaks Academy – Boise, Idaho
  • Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts – Santa Cruz, California
  • Western Technical College – El Paso, Texas

About Helping Hands Gifts for Growth Grant Program

Current massage therapy students can apply online for one of four $1,000 grants. This application requires a 100 word essay on “How as a massage therapist my helping hands will make a difference.” A team of industry representatives will review all submissions to choose the four winners. In addition to the students’ $1,000 grants, their schools will receive a $500 grant and a $500 product package. Applications must be received by Nov. 1, 2013. Winners will be notified by Dec. 1, 2013. 


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Featuring leading brands like Biofreeze®, Thera-Band®, Prossage® and Pedigenix®, Performance Health offers a broad portfolio of products for the massage, therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, podiatric and performance markets. In addition to market-leading products, Performance Health provides practice building support, evidence-based protocols, clinical and product education, turn-key dispensing and pain-management solutions.