Establish a Foundation in MAT

In order to address the most common sources of pain in the human myoskeletal system, a massage therapist needs a core set of head-to-toe MAT skills. Issues in the upper body are often affected by the lower body, and vice versa. The entire body is affected by a person’s habitual posture and movements. Since the entire body is so deeply connected, it’s best to have an overview of the entire body’s musculoskeletal system and its integration with the nervous system.

For students who want to start with a strong foundation in Dalton’s concepts and techniques, we’ve organized our online courses into a Foundational Program. While students are able to take any course they want, and in any order, these Foundational courses are the ones to focus on first for a comprehensive foundation of skill to work with the whole human body.

Address these Issues with the Foundational MAT Trainings

  • Migraines
  • Whiplash
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Fallen Arches
  • Upper and Lower Crossed Syndromes

Each course earns CE credit recognized by the NCBTMB and most state licensing agencies. Study at your own pace, then take the online test to receive the MAT Specialist Certification for each course.

Foundational MAT Courses Include


Posture, Pain, Performance MAT Course—20 CE Hours

This course includes 3 DVDs and the beautiful 2nd edition Posture, Pain, Performance textbook. Detailed graphics and instructional videos explain the close relationship between body posture and chronic pain. Learn to utilize a variety of techniques by integrating deep tissue, joint stretching, muscle energy techniques, new home retraining exercises, and more.  


Upper Body MAT Course—20 CEs with 2 bonus CE Ethics

With 2 DVDs and the Advanced Myoskeletal Techniques textbook, you’ll learn a battery of ways to work with myoskeletal-related pain in the upper body. After studying the detailed illustrations and graphics along with step-by-step video demonstrations, you’ll understand functional anatomy of the upper body like never before. Give your clients relief from shoulder pain, rib pain, neck cricks and more with these techniques specifically for the upper body.


Lower Body MAT Course—32 CEs

This powerhouse course comes with 6 DVDs and Dalton’s detailed Dynamic Body textbook.  Detailed instructional text and video make this course a comprehensive education on form and function of the lower body. Learn basic and advanced techniques to alleviate lower back pain, sciatica, correct short leg syndrome and more.


Professional Ethics MAT Course— 6 CEs

Every professional bodyworkers needs to have a clear understanding of the industry-standard code of ethics. For the protection of clients and practitioners alike, healthy boundaries and business practices must be developed and continuously reviewed. Written with his decades of experience, Dalton’s Professional Ethics manual covers everything you need to ensure you’re above-the-board in all legal and ethical matters.


Foundational Home Study Bundle —80 CEs

Massage therapists who know they want to provide a complete set of skills treating head-to-toe pain in their clients often choose to purchase the Foundational Bundle. Purchased together, the entire Foundational Program comes with significant savings over the cost of purchasing courses individually. Each of the four Foundational Courses can be completed in any order, and at any time. All Continuing Education Credits are non-expiring, so you’ll be able to satisfy your re-licensing requirements for years to come.


This bundle is already 25% off, no coupons can be applied.

All courses in the Foundational Program are required in order to complete the MMT Certification.

If you’ve already purchased any of the DVD sets and would like to upgrade to a Home Study Course, call 1-800-709-5054 to receive a 50% discount code.