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.


Touching the Mind: Mental and Mood Disorders for Massage Therapists
Research about the positive effects of massage for mood disorders is strong and consistent. In this session, Werner examines safe, compassionate, and effective massage therapy techniques.

In addition, Werner will review common mental health and mood disorders, including the pathophysiology and contributing factors to mental health and mood-related conditions. Attendees will discuss common conventional treatment options, and explore how massage therapy can have the most positive impact for clients who live with these challenges.

Werner will review various types of depression, bipolar disease, anxiety disorders, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder as described in the newest edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).