San Diego-based teacher, author, and massage therapist Carole Osborne has been named the 2008 National Teacher of the Year by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

The AMTA National Teacher of the Year award, dedicated to the memory of educator and massage therapy advocate Jerome Perlinski, celebrates one AMTA member who “demonstrates exceptional teaching abilities and commitment to high standards of education in massage therapy.” Carole received this award at the AMTA National Convention in Phoenix, AZ, and recently celebrated this prestigious award at a San Diego reception given in her honor.

Carole has practiced and taught massage therapy since 1974. She has taught maternity massage therapy to over 4,000 students throughout North America and in Europe. She is co-founder of the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, California where she continues to share her passion for massage therapy through teaching.

She has contributed articles to Massage as well as Massage Therapy Journal and is the author of two textbooks: Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy, and Deep Tissue Sculpting: A Technical and Artistic Manual for Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioners. She is a contributing author to Teaching Massage.