Ruth Werner, BCTMB

Ruth Werner, BCTMB is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy 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, and is now in its 6th edition. A 7th edition will appear in 2019, through Books of Discovery.

Werner’s other books include Disease Handbook for Massage Therapists and her revision of the beloved Scheumann’s The Balanced Body.

Werner was named AMTA Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. She served as Massage Therapy Foundation trustee from 2007 to 2017, as President from 2010-2014, and received their 2018 Distinguished Service Award. She earned her B.A. degree from Reed College, and graduated from the Brian Utting School of Massage.


A Massage Therapist’s Guide to COVID-19
COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges to the massage therapy profession, including how to make safe, effective, evidence-informed decisions about working with clients who have recovered from this infection. This engaging webinar will focus on what we currently understand about COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Along with pathophysiology, we will look at communicability and the many complications of this infection. We will conclude with a discussion of possible risks and benefits related to massage for clients who have had this infection, along some screening suggestions for safety.