NCBTMB Awards Ruth Werner Inaugural NCBTMB Annual Chair Award

Burr Ridge, Ill. (August 11, 2015) – The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) presented Ruth Werner with the Inaugural NCBTMB Annual Chair Award at the 2015 AFMTE Educational Congress. The first of its kind, this award honors an individual who goes above and beyond to fully support the mission of NCBTMB.

Board Certified Massage Therapist and NCBTMB Approved Provider for Continuing Education, Ruth Werner has been associated with NCBTMB since she took the test in its first year, and became an Approved Provider in 2000. As an educator, artist, writer, and retired massage therapist, Ruth is passionate about contributing to her various professional communities by volunteering wherever her skills may be useful.

“From the early concept to present day, Ruth has truly understood the concept and value of Board Certification. She is an advocate of defining and advancing standards and, as such, embodies the mission of NCBTMB in all that she does through teaching, education, publications, and volunteerism,” expressed Dr. Leena S. Guptha, Chair of the NCBTMB Board of Directors. “Ruth provided a beacon of light to myself and NCBTMB at a time when Board Certification was largely misunderstood within our profession; her support has undoubtedly made an impact on the positive momentum the credential has gained over the years. It has been my pleasure to volunteer alongside great leaders like Ruth, and to award her the Inaugural NCBTMB Annual Chair Award.”

Dr. Leena and Ruth have collaborated on various occasions to further advance the profession and the importance of research. Most notably, throughout late 2013 and into 2014, Dr. Leena worked alongside with Ruth, The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), and the MTF Education Committee to define research standards. All parties worked together to present the NCBTMB Board with options to advance research literacy and create a breadth of options for Board Certified Massage Therapists to advance their knowledge in research literacy (effective in 2015). As an important cornerstone of any profession, research demonstrates the impact of massage therapy’s great work, and empowers the profession to pursue dialogue and collaborations with institutions, colleges, and other professions to seek the recognition and place in society that all massage therapists and bodyworkers deserve.

“I fully support the goals of the NCBTMB, and I have been honored to be in a position to help the National Certification Board and the Massage Therapy Foundation work together for mutual benefit,” described Ruth Werner. “Thank you for creating that opportunity, and I look forward to continue exploring how the leadership groups can support and advance the profession we love.”

The NCBTMB Annual Chair Award was established by current Board Chair, Dr. Leena S. Guptha, and is presented to one recipient per year as a means of honoring individuals who fully support and embody the mission of NCBTMB.

About Ruth Werner

Ruth Werner is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who live with health challenges. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, was first published in 1998, and is now in its 6th edition. Werner also writes a column for Massage and Bodywork Magazine, serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. She was honored with the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. She was also proud to serve as President of the Massage Therapy Foundation from 2010-2014, and she retains a seat as an MTF Trustee. For more information, please visit


The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The mission of NCBTMB is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork. In support of this mission, NCBTMB serves the profession through Board Certification, Approved Providers, and Assigned Schools. For more information, please visit


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