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Renowned author, educator and master therapist Erik Dalton, PhD, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 American Massage Conference at the One Concept Gala banquet for his three decades of service and innovation in the industry.

Beginning his work as a Certified Rolfer® in the early 80s, Erik saw a need for a more integrative pain management method. Post-graduate workshops with the legendary Philip Greenman at MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine sparked a passion to wed deep tissue, joint mobilization and the work of Vladimir Janda. After finding this approach enormously successful in relieving his client’s pain, Dalton decided to share his methods with the rest of the bodywork community.

In 1998, Erik Dalton released one of the industry’s first nationally approved home study courses titled “Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques.” Surprised by the overwhelming popularity, Dalton founded a teaching facility licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools and named it the Freedom From Pain Institute.

Today, Erik Dalton’s “Complete Myoskeletal Library” of DVDs, books, and home-study programs continues to be a top-selling educational choice for massage, sports and structural integration therapists. His creative and intuitive approach in assessing and treating the human body has spread worldwide through his teachings and those few he has chosen as Certified Myoskeletal Instructors. His passion for touch therapy is beautifully summed up in a famous quote by an unknown author that simply states, “Truly Educated Never Graduate.”

The highly attended 2012 American Massage Conference in conjunction with the “Make a Wish Foundation” honored Erik Dalton at the One Concept Gala banquet in San Diego on April 21, 2012. Visit for more information about the event.