Add these beautifully illustrated, encyclopedic textbooks by Erik Dalton to your bodywork library–without taking a full course

dynamic body

Exploring form, exploring function

The powerful lower body system is the focus of this preeminent myoskeletal textbook. With thorough integration of the latest research, Dalton delves into the biomechanical structure and function of the lower back, hips, legs and feet. Colorful, detailed illustrations and explanations shed light on complex fascial anatomy and its impact on functional movement. Manual therapy exercises and techniques expand on this understanding of the interrelationship between anatomy, the brain, and movement in the lower body.

Many experts contributed to this text, including Judith Aston, Serge Gracovetsky, Robert Irvin, Gil Hedly, Jerry Hesch, Kai Hodeck, Craig Liebenson, Thomas, Til Luchau, Aaron Mattes, Tom Myers, Aline Newton, Divo G. Muller, Art Riggs, Robert Schleip, James Waslaski, and Adjo Zorn. [415 pages]

myoskeletal alignment techniques


This essential MAT textbook is a comprehensive overview of techniques used to work with the human myoskeletal system and relieve pain. Dalton incorporates the foundational knowledge of his mentors and pioneers in field of manual therapy– including Ida Rolf, Philip Greenmail and Vladimir Janda– with in-depth explanations of his own advancements. Building on years of research, education, and experience, Dalton’s approach is a breakthrough for the field of manual therapy.

Graphically-enhanced text complements scientific explanations of the myoskeletal system and how to work with it. This robust guide outlines ways to address pain from head-to-toe using deep-tissue, joint stretching and muscle energy techniques. It belongs on the shelves of every massage therapist dedicated to helping correct the common sources of pain for his or her clients. Second Edition. [283 Pages]

advanced myoskeletal techniques

Upper body

Further developing the foundational knowledge laid out in his first textbook, Dalton dives deep into myoskeletal bodywork techniques for the head, neck and thorax. Detailed explanations on human anatomy and physiology cover the interlocking roles of the nervous system, muscle tissue and connective tissue. This detailed understanding of how the upper body works makes it easier to diagnose the source of chronic pain in the torso, neck, shoulder and arms. Dalton is able to illuminate not simply what to do to relieve pain for massage clients, but why. 

Several guest authors contributed their powerful knowledge to this text, including Michael Koplen, Whitney Lowe, Til Luchau, Aaron Mattes, Thomas Myers, Ross Pope and James Waslaski. Rich with 3-D anatomy illustrations, human dissection reproduction, and images demonstrating the techniques, the information in this textbook will advance the efficacy of any bodywork practice immediately. 3rd Edition with five new chapters by Erik Dalton. [408 Pages]