Winners of the 2020 Successful Hands Grant Program™ Announced
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Winners of the 2020 Successful Hands Grant Program™ Announced

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 25, 2021 // PRNewswire // - Massage Envy, the nation's No. 1 provider of massage and skin care services in the U.S. across its franchise network, and Performance Health, a world leader in providing rehabilitation, recovery, and sports medicine products and solutions, today announced the winners of the 2020 Successful Hands Grant Program™.

The program supports professional massage therapy students by awarding eight $1,000 educational grants. Additionally, each winner receives a free membership from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). AMTA is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, students, and schools. In addition, each winner's school receives a $500 grant package.

The 2020 grant recipients are:

  • Sara Blackburn, Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, Camden, New Jersey
  • Carolyn DeVine, Spa Tech Institute, Westbrook, Maine
  • Marisol Meyer, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Marcel Machado, Hawaii Healing Arts College, Kailua, Hawaii
  • Lauren Price, Center for Massage, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Cori Kresge, Pacific College of Health and Science, New York, New York
  • Cynthia Morrison, Cincinnati School of Medical Massage, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Eleanor Rutledge, Lexington Healing Arts Academy, Lexington, Kentucky

"Massage Envy's purpose is to help people feel their best," said Beth Stiller, Massage Envy chief executive officer. "Through these grants the brand is able to help show appreciation for these incredibly inspiring and deserving therapists who want to help others on their wellness journeys."

"It was a privilege to partner with Massage Envy again on this well-regarded student program," stated Francis Dirksmeier, CEO, Performance Health. "Since its inception seven years ago, this grant program has awarded over $50,000 to massage therapy students and their schools. Thank you to the students who participated in this year's program. We appreciate their determination to make a difference in the world."

Applicants were asked to complete a 200-word essay about "What is your motivation for becoming a massage therapist." In the essays, each grant winner described the amazing role that massage has played in their lives. As an example, one said, "…I want to be the person who can give someone their life back.  I believe, through massage, I can help people to heal emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually…"

Another said, "…My goal is simple, to offer touch in times of need and to hold a space to listen. To those who are seeking strength, rhythm and grace in their bodies, I can offer them the warm touch my mother showed me and continue this cycle of healing in honor of her life and all the loving gifts she offered with her hands."

  • Darren Buford, Editor-in-Chief, Massage & Bodywork
  • Mae Manacap-Johnson, Content Marketing Editor for The Gospel of Beauty
  • Karen Menehan, Editor in Chief–Print & Digital, MASSAGE Magazine
  • Douglas Nelson, President, Massage Therapy Foundation

SOURCE Massage Envy

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