Fitness pioneer and myotherapy expert, Bonnie Prudden, dies at age 97

MASSAGE Magazine has learned that Bonnie Prudden, a fitness pioneer and founder of Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy®, passed away Dec. 11, 2011, at her home in Tucson, Arizona. She was 97 years old.

Before developing Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy®, a noninvasive method of relieving muscle pain, in 1976, Prudden was an accomplished fitness enthusiast, even launching a line of fitness fashions on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1957. (She also served as a columnist and writer for the popular sports publication, according to

After introducing her technique, she penned Myotherapy: Bonnie Prudden’s Complete Guide to Pain-Free Living and, in 2006, was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame and Massage Hall of Fame.

For more information about the accomplished life of Bonnie Prudden, visit The website states memorial donations can be made to: Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy® Inc., 4330 East Havasu Road, Tucson, AZ 85718, or by clicking here.