Massage Education on Vacation

Combine beautiful destinations with the highest quality massage education available, and you’ll find yourself at a Dalton Myoskeletal Alignment Technique massage workshop. Learn the latest advancements in MAT technology, all while taking a break from your routine in a refreshing setting. These workshops will immediately revolutionize your massage practice.

All workshops count toward the Master Myoskeletal Therapist (MMT)® Certification and will provide you with CE credits for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), and most State Licensing Boards. All MAT workshops are approved by CE Broker under the “Relevant to and focus on massage therapy techniques” category.

The Costa Rica retreat is the premiere event for therapists who are on track for the Master Myoskeletal Therapist® designation. These massage therapy workshops sell out fast, so register ASAP. We look forward to welcoming you into our community of MAT therapists!

We have a great line up of MAT Workshops planned for 2024. Registration begins January 1st, 2024. Stay tuned…


Erik Dalton

Costa Rica

November 25-December 2, 2023

Erik Dalton

Celebrate education and nature with Erik Dalton’s 23rd annual “Pain Relief in Paradise” retreat at Costa Rica’s stunning Pura Vida Resort. 


Erik Dalton

Erik Dalton

Erik Dalton is widely regarded as one of the foremost innovators in the massage and bodywork profession. He has studied with some of the professions leading thinkers, like Ida Rolf and famed osteopath Phillip Greenman. He is the developer of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, a system of manual therapy that addresses and heals pain patterns at their very core. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of the intricate interplay between mind and body, structure and function, massage therapists who’ve studied Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques with Erik Dalton are changing the face of chronic pain the world over.

Aubrey is a Master Myoskeletal Therapist (MMT), an orthopedic massage therapist and the owner of Orthopaedic Sports Therapy Clinic. He has been teaching for 24 year and serves as director at Holistic College Dublin. He has three decades of clinical experience and has gained 40+ qualifications and certifications through that time. Aubrey is a senior MAT instructor who teaches MAT courses throughout Europe.

Jane Detert

Jane Detert has been a physical therapist assistant for 27 years and has been teaching massage for the past eight. This dedicated practitioner takes pride in helping clients, whether it is chronic back pain or helping an athlete perform at their optimal level. After studying MAT, getting her Master Myoskeletal Therapist (MMT) certification and successfully implementing MAT in her personal practice, she is eager to share her knowledge and teach advanced techniques to other practitioners, whatever their background. She brings as much energy to the classroom as she does into her treatment room!

Nathan Fay

Nathan has been an LMT for nearly 20 years. He is the owner of Hazardville Wellness, a multi-practitioner wellness center in Connecticut. He loves working with clients using the ART of MAT to help them get better faster. Nathan is a Master Myoskeletal Therapist (MMT), MAT educator and holds a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Therapy. He has been teaching internationally for the Freedom from Pain Institute since 2020. Nathan’s workshops are highly regarded with feedback from students like: "Nate's classes are very educational. He presents the material in an easy to understand way. He has a lighthearted sense of humor that makes his classes a lot of fun!"


Tammy McCue

Tammy McCue is a Master Myoskeletal Therapist (MMT) with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree. After a formal education in athletic training, physical therapy and massage she started advanced Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy training. MAT has given her the tools to look at her clients differently. Now she looks for patterns rather than simply following pain.

Clinton Merrifield

“I have a passion for  massage and specialize in assessments, pain relief, and educating clients towards pain free movement.  As a Master Myoskeletal Therapist, I provide better health, well-being and knowledge to clients through positive pain-relief therapies and movement training programs.”  My three favorite words are “educate, educate, educate!” I am currently living in Germany preparing to teach MAT workshops in 2023!

Kathleen Benanti

Kathleen Benanti is a Master Myoskeletal Therapist (MMT) and Certified Ergonomics Specialist (CES). Her formal education in research science provides her the unique ability to understand and incorporate current findings and best practices into workshops. Kathleen has a unique ability to break down and disseminate complex information into an easy to understand format. In addition, she feels the best learning environment should be fun, relaxed and never short of snacks and caffeine.

Scott Oglesbay remembers attending his first Myoskeletal seminar and how it opened his eyes to a type of manual therapy that was specifically designed to assess and treat clients in an approachable, easy way; It changed his life and his practice. Now, as a Master Myoskeletal Therapist, he dedicates his time to treating, educating and encouraging clients presenting in a variety of injuries and pain patterns with enjoyment in one of his two locations in the Atlanta area.

Damon Bolden, MMT has been practicing MAT techniques since 2012. The positive response he experienced in helping his clients using MAT encouraged him to learn more. His massage practice is thriving thanks to the skills he has learned in MAT courses and workshops. He completed his MMT certification in 2018 and is now teaching MAT workshops in Las Vegas, Nevada.   

Printable 2023 Workshop Schedule

Cancellation Policy

In the event you should need to cancel your registration for a MAT workshop, the Freedom From Pain Institute will allow you to apply your registration to another MAT workshop with the same educator within one year of the original training start date. If you cancel within 30 days prior to the workshop start date a $50 admin fee will apply. There are no refunds. The price of the workshop is subject to change. 

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