About Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques

Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT) is a system developed by Erik Dalton as a tool to help relieve our nation’s neck and back pain epidemic. By incorporating muscle balancing techniques with joint stretching maneuvers, manual therapists learn to quickly identify and correct dysfunctional, neurologically-driven strain patterns before they become pain patterns. The typical deep tissue massage focuses mostly on providing temporary relief without identifying and correcting dysfunctional patterns.
The Lower Back MAT Course has hundreds of effective assessment and treatment techniques for low back, hip, leg and ankle pain. Erik loves to say:): “Learn to fix backs, and you will always have a full practice.”
Erik’s “Dirty Dozen” techniques are visually explained in the Upper Body MAT Course. Deep tissue, myofascial release, assisted stretching, joint capsule routines and special “spindle stimulating” maneuvers help promote myoskeletal balance. Learn low-force receptor recoil techniques to restore soft tissue, pain-free movement. This is a great home study course offering lines of defense for chronic myoskeletal pain. It’s a must-have course for treating chronic upper body pain patterns.
The Technique Tour MAT Course is full of great techniques, and a good overview of head-to-toe maneuvers. It includes treatment for hiatal hernia, abdominal scar release, and TMJ, which aren’t seen in any other of our DVD sets. The 3 DVD set and step-by-step manual were formulated for in-the-trenches massage therapists and bodyworkers. Each technique is sectioned so you can easily locate and practice a particular maneuver until you get it. It is also available online, as an e-Learning course.

Erik typically teaches two workshops each year: one in July in Oklahoma City, and one the first week of December in Costa Rica. Check the MAT Workshops page for those dates and a complete list of workshops offered this year with our other MAT Teachers.

Continuing Education Credits

Yes. You can study on your own with any of Erik’s Technique DVDs or MAT Textbooks. You can also purchase any of the courses and skip taking the test. Please note that the supplemental reading manuals included in some courses are only available when you purchase a complete course.
To receive certification, you must purchase the full course(s) and complete each test. The same test is required for both CE’s and certification.

Questions About Certification

Whenever you take one of our online courses and pass the test with a 70% or better, you earn an MAT Specialist certification for that course. For example, if you take the Upper Body MAT Course and pass the test, you’ll earn a certification as an Upper Body MAT Specialist.

For students who wish to become experts in the entire Myoskeletal Alignment program, you can earn the Master Myoskeletal Therapist (MMT) certification. This certification is a registered trademark with national recognition in the bodywork industry. Completing this certification entails completing all 9 of our home-study programs, as well as attending 50 hours of live workshops. More details are available on the Master Myoskeletal Therapist Certification page.

No, there is no separate certification for those who complete the Foundational Program. You will, however, earn three MAT Certificates of Achievement: Upper Body MAT, Lower Body MAT, and Posture, Pain MAT. These courses are designed to give you a solid foundation of MAT skills to use to resolve pain from head-to-toe in your clients. The bundles are designed to save you money.
No, there are no prerequisites to any courses or workshops.
No. Erik highly suggests you start with the Foundational Program to establish a set of skills for issues across the entire body. However, you can start with any course you like, and complete the courses in any order.
You must complete any one of our MAT Courses and its test to become a MAT Specialist. We’ll then list you in our popular and highly visited directory on the erikdalton.com site.

Erik Dalton and the MAT trainings are well-respected in the bodywork and massage community for their quality and efficacy. You’ll never question whether you’ve spent your money well with our programs.

However, it all depends on your goals as a massage therapist. There are a lot of great teachers and a diversity of specialty techniques available. MAT training is for bodyworkers interested in learning more clinical approaches to finding and resolving pain patterns in the body, rather than relaxation techniques or spa treatments.

Billing and Shipping

Orders always ship within 2 business days. All mainland USA orders ship via UPS Ground, except to those who live in Alaska or Hawaii. UPS guarantees delivery within 5 business days. The eCourses are delivered to your inbox immediately.

Please check THIS PAGE for details and availability of eLearning courses. All of our courses are also available as home study courses. This means you receive a physical copy of the DVDs, textbooks or manuals for your course. These are yours to keep permanently.

We ship to most every country through USPS Priority or USPS Express Mail. International shipping times vary case-by-case.

Yes. Erik permits the sale of one additional test with the purchase of an MAT home study course. Posture Pain and Upper Body test cost is $100, and the Lower Body test is $140. The tests for the other 5 courses are $90.00 each. If you would like to purchase a second test with your order, please call the office at 800-709-5054.

Many of our courses can be completed in a weekend of intensive studying, like a self-guided workshop. You’re welcome to spread your study time out across several days or weeks, however. There are no time restraints on taking the courses. The CE credits are non-expiring.

No, the tests included with the Library bundle cannot be shared. However, one additional test for each course can be purchased by a second person. It is required that we have the participant’s name and contact information for each additional test sold. Additional tests cannot be ordered online and can only be ordered by calling the office at 800-709-5054.

We offer a split-ship and split-pay option for purchasing the Dalton Library Bundle only. The first payment is 50% of the total. The second 50% payment will be drafted automatically 30 days later. We ship the first half of the materials when the first payment is made, and the remaining materials 30 days later, when the second payment is processed.
Standard shipping costs apply to each shipment. The split-pay is not available for e-Learning courses. To arrange the split-pay plan, please contact the office at 800-709-5054.


Every home study course offered on the site is also available as an online course. Check the courses page to see all available courses. 

The eCourse contains:

  • Online streaming videos
  • Detailed instructions for all techniques
  • A downloadable full color manual
  • Online test 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:

  • 3 Posture, Pain, Performance DVDs
  • Full color printed textbook
  • Mail-in or online exam and deluxe certificate of completion
  • FREE BONUS: When you purchase the Home Study version, you’ll get instant access to the eCourse as outlined above

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

Home study course participants get a deluxe large format, full-color certificate of completion, whereas eLearning participants get a downloadable certificate that you can print at home. 

If you’ve completed an eCourse and want the deluxe certificate, contact us. For a small fee to cover shipping and handling, we’ll be happy to send you the deluxe certificate.


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