Our 2017 Keynote Speaker


Ruth's talk will focus on the importance of treating the massage field as a professional calling—from an underlying commitment to excellence and high standards, to being a lifelong learner.

About Ruth:
I started teaching massage before I graduated from massage school—which is a clue to how long ago that was. With the exception of a hiatus while my children were young, I taught continuously from 1984-2010 at schools in Washington, Massachusetts and Utah. In 2005 I was honored to be chosen as the Jerome Perlinski AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year; I suspect that had a lot to do with how I explain irritable bowel syndrome (hint: my theatre degree comes in very handy in this discussion).

I no longer teach in core curriculum programs, but I have developed several live and online continuing education classes based on my expertise in pathology and related subjects.

The first edition of my textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology (MTGP) was published in 1998 with an expectation that it might sell a few thousand copies a year. It is now used all over the planet, and I am currently working on the 6th edition. I also write a column in Massage and Bodywork Magazine called, “Pathology Perspectives”.

For more information about MTGP, my other book (Disease Handbook for Massage Therapists) and a decades-long archive of articles published in massage therapy trade journals, click here.

I am proudly Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the International Fascia Research Society, and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.

I contribute to my professional community by volunteering wherever my skills may be most useful. These experiences have created countless opportunities for me; I am so grateful to the people who invited me to be a part of their group.

Ruth Werner, LMT, BCTMB

Author, "A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology" and

"Disease Handbook for Massage Therapists"

More details about the location and time of Ruth's talk coming soon!

Sponsored By

September 23, 2017 
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Highline College 
2400 S. 240th Street
Des Moines, WA

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