Susan G. Salvo, B. Ed., LMT, N.T.S, C.I. is a Nationally Certified, State Licensed Massage Therapist, and Natural Therapeutic Specialist. In 1982, she completed a 1000 hour program at New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. Ms. Salvo's training includes: polarity, infant massage instructor, myotherapy, Trager, hakomi, reflexology, sports massage, craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular therapy, body mobilization techniques, spa specialist, and watsu. She has studied under many talented people including Bonnie Prudden, Ben Benjamin, David Lauterstein, Bob King, Benny Vaughn, Aaron Mattes, Ruth Werner, Maria Mathias, and Harold Dull.
She owns and operates Bodyworks Massage Therapy by Susan Salvo and Associates which she founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1983. In 1987, Ms. Salvo opened the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy in Lake Charles, which is a premiere massage school. Ms. Salvo is a charter member of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. In 1987, she founded the Louisiana AMTA sports massage team, which is still active today.
Over the span of her career, Ms. Salvo has been honoured with numerous awards. In 1989, she was honoured with the American Massage Therapy Association’s Member of the Year award and, in 2003, with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1995, Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards presented Ms Salvo with the Pacesetter Award for business achievement. Later that year, she was honoured with the title, Business Person of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association. The following year, she received the 1996 State Small Business Person of the Year Award from Louisiana Governor Murphy J. “Mike” Foster, and the first Eagle Award for Business Achievement by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. In 1997 the Times of Lake Charles featured her as one of “Forty Under Forty” for outstanding achievement among local young people.
Ms. Salvo is a nationally known author, having written Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice and Mosby’s Guide to Pathology for the Massage Therapist, both published by Elsevier. Ms. Salvo has participated with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as a member of their test item writing committee and with the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards as a member of their standard setting team.
She has contributed a chapter “Geriatric Massage” for Modalities for Massage and Bodywork published by Elsevier. For the text Teaching Massage, produced by the Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals, she contributed the chapter entitled “Teaching Massage to Students with Special Needs” published by Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. Ms. Salvo co-authored a chapter entitled “The Atlas of Massage” for Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual with Trigger Points, Referral Patterns, and Stretching published by Elsevier. Ms. Salvo is one of the featured experts interviewed in the documentary film, History of Massage Therapy in the United States released in 2007.
Ms. Salvo has been instructing adult learners since 1983. She holds an associate in history degree and a baccalaureate degree in education from McNeese State University, where she is currently working on her Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology. Ms. Salvo is the director of the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy. She is a well-known and talented instructor, who guest lectures at massage schools, hospitals, and universities across the country.