Paradise, California. Jan. 28, 2012 – In celebration of the vibrant, knowledge-seeking life of Bonnie Prudden, the World Massage Festival has announced a new scholarship award to begin with the 7th Annual World Massage Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bonnie Prudden, fitness pioneer and founder of Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy, passed away at her home in Tucson, Arizona, on Dec. 11, 2011. She was 97 years old. “You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again,” she told her students and patients, and that is how she lived her life.

Prudden was the first person inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

In her honor, each year the festival will pick one name, at random, from all the therapists registered and attending the 2012 World Massage Festival. That person will never again pay a registration fee to attend future festivals.

“She honored us by attending the very first festival in 2006 and giving the keynote speech. In celebration of her life, we give this scholarship.” said Founder Mike Hinkle.

Visit the World Massage Festival website at for further details.