Bright IDEAs | Ruth Werner Keeps Biofreeze by the TV!

Published: April 13, 2015

Massage therapy means balancing work with fun...and Biofreeze by the TV?!? Read on to find out and be on the lookout for more of our Bright IDEAs blog series as we provide insight and insider information on our IDEA 2015 Conference educators right up to May 1!

Q. How does massage therapy affect other aspects of your life? For example, does massage therapy influence your hobbies, your relationships, and your outlook on the world?

A. Massage therapy permeates my life because even though I am at a far removed from day-to-day practice or teaching, I work from home and I am in constant contact with my professional colleagues. So my whole section of the house is strewn with markers of this profession, from samples of lotion to textbooks to massage tools that I pick up on the road. I keep shea butter on my desk for my cuticles, and Biofreeze by the TV, and peppermint foot balm goes on my feet every night.

Another way that massage therapy is fully integrated into my life is that I take very seriously the fact that we (teachers and practitioners) become role models for our circle, whether we acknowledge it or not. So for me to lead a life that is balanced between work and fun, with good food and good sleep and a daily walk on the beach, is not only good for my health—it’s good for people who take me and my work seriously to see.

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Ruth Werner is a well-known figure in the massage therapy world. She has been teaching since 1984 at schools, on the internet, and in hosting workshops. Ruth has authored two books: A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology (5 editions) and Disease Handbook for Massage Therapists. You can find over 90 articles on her website in addition to an upcoming blog, Blog of the Path Queen. Ruth has served our community by presiding over the Massage Therapy Foundation and contributing through different Board Committees. In all of her spare time she creates fabulous quilts! Visit her website and you will be delighted!