World Massage Festival &
Massage Therapy Hall of Fame

August 6-9, 2018
Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas,, Nevada


Our Mission Statement: To honor those who built the bridges for our profession,
to educate the general public about massage, to educate therapists
about different types of massage and to have fun.








Douglas Nelson
2018 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame


Douglas Nelson began his career in massage therapy in 1977 and maintains a very active clinical practice. His particular interest has been the role of soft tissue in performance, serving as a neuromuscular consultant to teams in the NBA and NFL, in addition to dance companies and high level musicians.

He is the President of BodyWork Associates, a massage therapy clinic in Champaign, IL. Established in 1982, the clinic has two locations and a staff of sixteen therapists.

His teaching institute, NMT MidWest, Inc. provides about one hundred trainings annually in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy™ across the USA and abroad.

His research institute has conducted more than twenty clinical research studies, doing both observational and interventional studies on issues pertaining to soft-tissue dysfunction.

Doug has published articles in numerous journals and is a columnist for Massage and Bodywork magazine. His first book, Table Lessons: Insights in the Practice of Massage Therapy, was published in 2011 and he contributed to the book Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice, Human Kinetics Publishers. His next book, The Mystery of Pain, Jessica Kinsley Publishers, London, was published in April 2013.

Doug has been the recipient of numerous awards in his field, most recently the 2013 Massage Therapy Educator of the Year from the IL Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. He will be the President of the Massage Therapy Foundation beginning in March of 2018.

Website: NMT MidWest, Inc


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