Each year, up to a dozen massage therapy professionals are honored by being inducted into the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame.

“The purpose of the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame is to honor those that have built the bridges that have made it easier for those that have followed,” festival creator Mike Hinkle said. “Those being honored have excelled in this profession through longevity, newly created additions to the profession or they make a difference in their field.”

Also at this festival, the 2010 Aunty Margaret Humanitarian Award will be presented to author Nina McIntosh; neuromuscular therapy instructor and developer Paul St. John will provide the keynote address; and Biofreeze will receive the Institution of the Year award. The 2010 association, teacher and school of the year will be announced at the awards ceremony.

The festival runs June 17 to 21 in Berea, Kentucky. The 2010 Hall of Fame inductees are:

• Ben Benjamin, founder of the Muscular Therapy Institute. He has been in private practice for more than 40 years and teaches throughout the U.S.

• Elliott Greene, who served from 1990 to 1994 as national president of the American Massage Therapy Association, has more than 29 years experience as a massage therapist and workshop instructor.

• Steve Halpern, an award-winning composer, recording artist and producer whose healing music is intended to help people experience the blessings and benefits of deep relaxation and inner peace.

• Julia Hayes, a pioneer in the field of aquatic therapy, with more than 40 years of aquatic expertise.

• Bob King, author, founder and past president of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and currently an educational consultant for Cortiva Institute.

• Sudevi Linda Kramer, a Vedic Conservatory-certified instructor of Nuad Borarn Thai-Yoga Bodywork.

• Dr. Jacob Liberman, a fellow Emeritus of the American Academy of Optometry.

• Claire Marie Miller, a curriculum developer and instructor in pre- and peri-natal massage.

• Carole Osborne, a curriculum instructor in maternity and somato-emotional applications of somatic therapy.

• Karen Reifinger, a practitioner, instructor and recognized expert in the field of Hawaiian healing and spiritual development.

• Rick Rosen, founder and co-director of the Body Therapy Institute, and the first executive director of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

• Howayo Takata, reiki master, instructor and proponent of reiki in the West.

Read more extensive biographies of recipients at www.worldmassagefestival.com.

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