Susan Salvo Receives American Massage Therapy Association's First Dianne Polseno Award, MASSAGE MagazineEvanston, IL. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has awarded Susan Salvo as the first recipient of its Dianne Polseno Lifetime Achievement Award. Salvo opened the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1987, and continues to teach at the school and present massage therapy and ethics continuing education classes throughout the U.S. She has been a practicing massage therapist for 30 years.

“We are delighted to recognize Susan Salvo for her amazing contributions to the massage therapy profession, especially in massage therapy education,” says AMTA President Nancy Porambo. “When our board created this award, it was with the idea of recognizing people like Susan. It’s very special for her to be our first recipient.”

In October 2012, AMTA announced the creation of this new award to honor excellence for a person’s body of massage therapy work, focused specifically on the area of teaching and education. Because she was such an inspiration to educators, students and practitioners for such a long time, the award was established in the name of the late Dianne Polseno. It is to be awarded occasionally.

Salvo is well-known for her best-selling massage therapy textbooks, her online courses and instructional videos. Once, when asked about her achievements in massage therapy she said it is about “helping others achieve their goals, whether living a more pain-free and stress-free life with massage therapy, becoming a massage therapist, or increasing a therapist’s knowledge, skills and abilities through postgraduation training.”

Salvo will receive her award at the AMTA National Convention on Sept. 18 in Denver, Colorado, and will be further recognized at the Teachers’ Luncheon during the convention.

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest nonprofit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.