CHICAGO, June 3 /PRNewswire/ — The Cortiva Institute-Chicago School of Massage Therapy has been named the 2010 Massage School of the Year by the World Massage Festival and Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

Cortiva will be honored for this achievement during the Fifth Annual Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Ceremony on June 19 at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.

“We’re honored to be recognized by this outstanding organization,” said Cortiva Institute-Chicago president Paul Myer. “We share this with our administration, faculty and students. It’s an acknowledgement for which we can all be proud.”

Based in Roaring River, North Carolina, the World Massage Festival organization’s mission is “to honor those who build bridges for our profession, to educate the general public about massage, and to educate therapists about different types of massage.”

According to Micheal Hinkle, founder of the World Massage Festival, “Cortiva has long stood out as one of the premier massage schools. The Chicago school has excelled in every phase of its program especially its efforts to incorporate research and understanding for its students.” The festival is expecting some 800 attendees at the June event.

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About Cortiva Institute

Cortiva Institute is a community of massage therapy schools with 11 locations nationwide, offering full and part-time massage therapy instruction, continuing education courses, student clinics that are open to the public, and career services for graduates. Cortiva schools take a holistic and integrated approach to ensure graduates are prepared to work in clinics, hospitals, health clubs, spas, resorts, sports therapy clinics or start their own private practices. Go to for more information.