"Our massage history should not lack in depth, perspective, and integrity. I believe that by taking a class on the history of massage people can learn that history holds a fundamental key to our present and future. It is very important it is to get that history right."
- Judi Calvert
Judi Calvert has been practicing massage therapy for 30 years and has devoted her life to educating the public and the profession about the benefits of massage and bodywork. She is currently the President of the Hands On Trade Association, created in 2000.
Judi graduated massage school in 1984 in Spokane, Washington.
Judi co-founded Massage Magazine in 1985 and sold it in 2005. She has traveled around the world as a massage ambassador, interviewing many people in the field of massage and bodywork and documenting the stories of their work.
In 1992, Judi co-founded the Anatriptic Arts Expo, the first international showcase of Hands-On Healing Arts. It brought together teachers of massage and bodywork styles from around the world. It was repeated again 2002.
In 1995, Judi co-created the High Touch Tour, a twelve city tour to help educate the public about the art and science of massage therapy and body work.
In 1997, she drove to Sturgis, South Dakota for the Harley Davidson Rally and took over 60 massage therapists to work on the people that attended the rally. It was the first time that massage was done at any rally of this kind.
In 2004, Judi co-founded the World of Massage Museum. This was the first and only museum in the world dedicated to the history of massage. She has assembled over 4,000 historic objects and images into various presentation formats.
In 2008, Judi was inducted into the Massage Hall Of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a part of the World Massage Festival.
In 2012, Judi Calvert was approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider (#46). She offers continuing education credits on the History of Massage.