Ms. Werner is a retired massage therapist, writer, and educator with a passionate interest in massage research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998; keeping it current is now her main occupation, and the 5th edition was released in early 2012.
In addition, she writes a column for Massage and Bodywork magazine (“Pathology Perspectives”) and teaches continuing education workshops all over the country. She has served on committees for the Utah Department of Public Licensing, the AMTA, the National Certifying Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
Ruth was extremely honored to be selected for the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005, and her greatest honor is to serve as the president of the Massage Therapy Foundation. The Massage Therapy Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization that works to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education, and community service.