Posture Pain Performance

foundational COURSE

Learn to Identify & Treat Strain Patterns Before They Become Pain Patterns

Erik Dalton


 With over thirty years educating massage therapists around the world, Erik Dalton is among the most highly regarded educators in the profession. With a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between mind and body, structure and function, he has developed Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques which is changing the world of pain treatment and management.

This course is your starting point into the world of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques and provides a thorough grounding in MAT principles. This original MAT course is fully updated to reflect the latest findings in manual therapy and pain science.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Create a plan for each session using a thorough 5-minute intake evaluation
  • Identify aberrant functional movements that cause protective muscle guarding
  • Talk to your clients about their pain and make them feel heard and safe
  • Upgrade your hands-on skills through a wide variety of deep tissue, joint stretching, and nerve mobilization techniques
  • Work as a team with your clients through corrective exercise homework
  • Earn 20 CE hours for State and National Licensure while providing hands-on tools you’ll use for years to come

Many clients seek therapeutic bodywork for unmanageable neck and low back pain caused by poor postural habits, loss of function and the inability to cope with their condition. As Vladimir Janda describes in his Upper & Lower-Crossed Syndrome model, poor posture can weaken important supporting muscles and tax others. As gravitational exposure degrades function, the client may notice that they no longer have the ability to rotate their head in all directions and that their low back hurts as they bend to pick up an object from the floor. Nerve impingement, strains and sprains alters normal muscle activation patterns and the brain “maps” the dysfunction as normal. 

Move beyond the basic relaxation massage model to provide effective pain relief for these common problems that plague most of your clients. The deep tissue, joint stretching, and muscle energy techniques presented in this course offer practical and effective approaches for finding and fixing chronic pain problems. Designed to elevate your clients to a new level of health, our goal at the Freedom From Pain Institute is to empower your journey into the lucrative world of pain management.  

The 20 CE home study package includes three DVDs, a 284 full-color illustrated textbook, and treatment reference manual. After passing the test, you’ll receive a handsome Certificate Of Completion to proudly display in your office. You’ll also be listed in our highly searched online directory of myoskeletal body workers and will have taken the first step toward Master Myoskeletal Therapist Certification

If you want to provide lasting results by quickly identifying and correcting common causes of chronic pain, this course is for you. Take that first step now and join the ranks of successful certified myoskeletal therapists.

Tammy McCueA Masterpiece…

After taking all courses to achieve my Master Myoskeletal Therapist certification, I thought this would be a great review.  But this is an amazing course that is different from the original book. Erik condensed and updated a masterpiece. As a Master Myoskeletal Therapist I would highly recommend this course to everyone.

~ Tammy McCue, LMT, MMT, Palm Coast, Florida


Home Study Course with DVDs, Manual + Bonus​

20 CE Only $316!

Home Study Course with DVDs, Manual + Bonus

BONUS: Order the home study version and get access to the eCourse for free!  


20 CE ONLY $249!

Get access to all course materials online. Lifetime access and no shipping fees! 


The eCourse contains:

  • Online streaming instructional videos 
  • Detailed instructions for all techniques
  • A downloadable full color manual
  • Online tests and printable certificate of completion
  • Lifetime access to all course materials

The Home Study format contains hard goods that are shipped to you. This includes:

  • All course material on instructional DVDs
  • Full color printed textbook or manual
  • Mail-in test (or option to complete it online) and professionally printed certificate of completion is mailed to you
  • FREE BONUS: When you purchase the Home Study version, you’ll get  access to the eCourse as outlined above

You save with eLearning: Because there is no hard product to produce or ship with the eCourse format, we can pass the savings onto you!

Upon successful completion of a course, you will earn continuing education credits for your massage or bodywork licensure. All our courses are recognized by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and most State Licensing Boards. 

eCourse: As soon as your payment posts the eCourses are delivered to your inbox.

Home Study Course: When you purchase a Home Study Course your course materials will be shipped to you. You will also get access to the related eCourse. *For Shipping Orders: Please note there may be delays from shipment carriers that are beyond our control. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times.

Most courses can be completed in a weekend of intensive studying, like a self-guided workshop. However, you’re welcome to spread your study time out across weeks or even months. There are no time restraints on taking the courses. You’ll have lifetime access to the online materials and can complete the exam whenever you’re ready.

No. You can start with any course you like, and complete the courses in any order. Each course is standalone and does not require prerequisites. However, to get the most out of your learning experience we highly suggest you start with the foundational courses so you have a solid understanding of the principles behind Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques. You can purchase the foundational courses in a bundle for a significant discount. Click here for details.

You are required to pass any tests for each course before we can issue your certificate of completion. All tests are multiple choice and you’ll have the opportunity to repeat the tests if you do not pass the first time. 

For eCourses, there is a short test to complete after each lesson. Once you’ve successfully completed all tests, you’ll be automatically issued an online certificate of completion for you to print. 

For home study courses, you’ll have the option to do a final written test and mail it in to us or do the online tests.

Check out our complete FAQs here. If you can’t find your answer, contact us and we’d be happy to help you.