New Braunfels’ T-Bar-M Resort will be the site of the 2009 World Massage Festival and Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.  Committed to offering affordable, quality continuing education workshops for massage therapists, honoring the leaders of the massage industry and educating the general public about the benefits of massage therapy, the Festival will be held April 24-26, 2009.

Massage Therapists can register for up to 15 CE hours of workshops and attend all special events at the Festival for $250. Vendors and exhibitors from around the country will be showcasing their products and services beginning at 4:00 pm on Friday, April 24.

There is no fee for the general public to visit the Vendors Hall and learn more about the benefits of massage therapy, receive a free compression massage or shop the many natural and healthy products available. Massage Schools will also be in attendance to provide information to anyone who may be interested in entering the field of massage therapy.

On Saturday evening, during the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame ceremonies, the Festival will also honor the Pioneers of Massage, those therapists who have been providing massage therapy services to their communities for more than 20 years.

The World Massage Festival was started in 2006 in Pensacola, Florida, by founder, Mike Hinkle as a part of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week.  His goal was to recognize and honor the many therapists who have laid the foundations for the alternative healing benefits of massage therapy. At the urging of massage therapists across the country, he has added continuing education workshops and taken the Festival “on the road.”

The 2010 Festival will be held at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and is expected to host over 1,500 therapists, vendors and guests during the 4-day event, June 17-21, 2010.

More information can be found on the World Massage Festival website at or by calling 830-832-7140