Ruth Werner, LMT, Author, Educator, Artist

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Summit Educator

I serve the massage therapy community with the best writing, education, and art that I can provide. 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.


Saturday, April 22, 2023, 10:30 – 12:00 PM

Pestilence Prevention in Your Practice

Co-presented with Julie Tudor

In this class we will brush off old knowledge of hygienic practices and add new applications for a pandemic-prone world. We will review Standard and Universal Precautions in massage therapy settings, with some suggestions for further policies and practices so that we can offer the safest possible environment to our immune-compromised clients. And we will finish with a brief look at what new (or old, resurrected, or mutated) pathogens are likely to influence public health in the present or near future, with an emphasis on how to stay safe and healthy.


Saturday, 4/22/23 1:30 – 3:00 PM

“Get a Doctor’s Note” is Not Good Enough (And What Is)  

In this lively 90-minute interactive lecture we will discuss why the strategy of “getting a doctor’s note” (or clearance, or permission) to work with clients who have complicated health challenges is not useful. Then we will use sample templates to initiate conversations that get us what we really need: relevant information so we can do our work safely.