by Barbara Cunningham, R.M.T.

The Fifth Annual World Massage Festival and Massage Therapy Hall of Fame will be held in Berea , Kentucky, this year. Paul Lewis, R.M.T., has been invited to speak at the conference, which takes place June 17 to 21 at Berea College. 

This convention is open to the general public, other therapists and instructors. It provides the opportunity to network, job search, learn and honor both past and present leaders in the massage therapy industry. The theme of this year’s festival is “A Massage Reunion!”

Lewis is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based registered massage therapist who will be sharing his broad academic knowledge and in-depth clinical experience at his workshop, titled “Paul Lewis–Uniting Chair and Table Massage, scheduled for the Friday of that weekend. His workshop is presented by OAKWORKS®.

OAKWORKS® is said to be the largest U.S. manufacturer of treatment tables with global distribution in the spa, massage, physical therapy, athletic training and medical diagnostic markets. For the first time in the company’s history, it is now offering a professional seated massage DVD for sale on its website: the Multi-lingual Instructional In-Chair Massage DVD, featuring Lewis.

Lewis intends to deliver an appetizing two-hour workshop on both chair and table modalities. It will include discussion, group participation and demonstrations incorporating such techniques as joint mobilizations, body mechanics, dynamic mobilization and assessment, to name a few. Lewis is also a certified reflexology health-care provider, international presenter and fitness instructor. His almost two decades of training in Aikido enables him to include advanced biomechanics into his classes, so that participants learn how to practice the techniques of massage with ease and grace and without strain on the body. He is an accredited approved provider of NCBTMB (USA), CMTO (Canada) and FHT (Europe). Upon completion of the OAKWORKS® sponsored workshop in Kentucky, he will teach his full one- and two-day workshops in China, Japan and England. For more information, visit