successful hands grant logoAKRON, Ohio–Two massage therapy students received $500 Successful Hands grants during Student Day at the American Massage Conference on Friday, June 12, 2015. The Successful Hands Grant Program™, launched through the collaborative efforts of Biofreeze®, Massage Envy Spa® and Bon Vital’®, supports the professional massage therapy student and their schools. ONE Concept, the conference organizer, partnered with Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital’ to promote the grant program during the conference.

Graduate Monica Flores from Kaplan College in Hammond, Indiana, and student Caydin Vaughn from Lakeland Community College in Mattoon, Illinois, were each presented $500 Successful Hands grants by CG Funk, Vice President, Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy Spa Franchising and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage Therapy and Spa at Friday’s Smart from the Start Student Program.

“We are indeed fortunate to have engaged and supportive partners such as Massage Envy Spas and Performance Health,” commented Scott Dartnall, President and CEO, ONE Concept. “Their commitment to the next generation of massage therapists through their support of schools, students and the AMC ensures a bright and successful future for all of us in this profession.”

“It’s truly a pleasure to be a long-term sponsor of the Smart from the Start Student Program,“ added Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage Therapy and Spa, Performance Health. “This program introduces us to bright and passionate students that I believe are well on their way to making a difference. Their enthusiasm is contagious. I always leave the program feeling excited and honored to be part of our profession.”

Current massage therapy students can also apply for one of eight $1,000 Successful Hands grants. The grant application process requires students to complete an essay of 200 words or less on “What being a successful massage therapist means to me.” A team of industry representatives will review all submissions to choose the eight winners. In addition, each winner’s school will receive a $500 grant and a $500 product package.

Student applications must be received by October 15, 2015, and are accepted online at Winners will be notified no later than December 1, 2015. The grant funds can be used for program fees, books and supplies, licensing, association membership or to purchase products. Like the program on Facebook: 


About ONE Concept

ONE Concept is the organizer of the American Massage Conference. Their mission is to unite the health care community to achieve ONE voice in the field of Progressive Health Care.

About Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa is a national franchisor, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and facial services to members and guests through its franchise locations. Massage Envy Spa has more than 1,050 franchise locations in 49 states and over 1.5 million members. Massage Envy Spa is the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the United States.

About Biofreeze Pain Reliever

For over 20 years, Biofreeze products have been helping people reduce their pain and manage discomfort. This market-leading topical analgesic provides relief for millions of individuals suffering from sore or strained muscles, shoulder and arm discomfort, neck, hip and leg pain, back pain, painful joints, ankle and foot pain, and pain associated with bruising or arthritis.

About Bon Vital

Bon Vital’ uses science and innovation to create products that provide wellness for the skin and are good for the environment, ensuring a better world for all of us. Founded in 1988, the Bon Vital’ laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to bringing health care professionals superior quality, natural and certified organic products. The company designs, manufactures and packages all of its products in-house from formulas that it has developed.

About Performance Health

Featuring leading brands like Biofreeze®, Bon Vital’® Prossage®, Thera°Pearl® and TheraBand™, Performance Health offers a broad portfolio of products for the massage, therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, podiatric and performance markets.