Costa Rica

Nov 27 to Dec 4, 2021

COSTA RICA Nov 27 to Dec 4, 2021

Brain-based Bodywork for Chronic Pain

Head-to-Toe hands-on techniques for Pinched Nerves, Strained Tendons & Reflex Spasm

Erik and the Dalton Gang’s 21st “Pain Relief in Paradise” Retreat

Celebrate education and nature with Erik Dalton’s 21st annual “Pain Relief in Paradise” retreat at Costa Rica’s stunning Pura Vida Resort. This affordable 30-CE Myoskeletal Certification training offers top-notch education, lodging, healthy meals, and airport transportation. Enjoy zip-lining, white water rafting, music, dancing, yoga, beach excursions, and lots more. Connect with international therapists in an exotic breathtaking environment with leisure time to practice the techniques you learn from Erik and his assistants.

In this intensive workshop you will learn to assess and treat: 

For the Upper Quadrant

  • Occipital neuralgia headaches
  • Clicking jaw syndrome
  • Interscalene nerve root compression
  • 1st Rib radiating pain & breathing disorders
  • Sternoclavicular release for TOS
  • Referred and radicular neck pain
  • Rotator cuff impingement syndrome
  • Tennis, golfer & carpal tunnel tendinopathies

For the Lower Quadrant

  • Sciatica and functional scoliosis routine
  • Joint-by-joint stretches for reactive muscle guarding
  • IT-band, hip bursitis & gluteus medius tendon injuries
  • Low back, sacroiliac & piriformis nerve pain
  • Plantar fasciosis & ankle sprains

You’ll also learn new brain-based functional assessments and hormone activating techniques.

Special video animation, anatomy dissection and dozens of head-to-toe hands-on techniques stimulate the visual learner while relaxed practice sessions with highly-skilled MAT teaching assistants delight kinesthetically attuned therapists.

Upgrade your skill-set and boost your referrals with Erik Dalton’s extremely popular ‘hands-on’ pain-rehab techniques. Learn WHY they work, and HOW to change the brain’s mind about your client’s pain…the MAT way!

Special rates starting as low as $2046 per participant. We  only book double occupancy. The fee includes lodging, all meals and taxes, workshop tuition and certification, plus transportation to and from the San Jose Airport. Space is limited so book early!

A $500 USD non-refundable deposit is due upon reservation. The balance is due by Oct 28th, 2021. Reserve your space and select your accommodations because the tentalows go really fast.


To register for this workshop, call Nicole at 888-767-7375 or email her at reservations@puravidaspa.com

Erik Dalton


Erik Dalton, founder of the Freedom from Pain Institute. With over thirty years educating massage therapists around the world, Erik Dalton is among the most highly regarded educators in the profession. He has studied directly with legends like Dr Ida Rolf and Dr Phillip Greenman. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of the intricate interplay between mind and body, structure and function, he has developed Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques which are changing the face of chronic pain the world over.

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Pura Vida Spa Resort

Pura Vida Retreat and Spa Resort
Pavas, Carrizal, Alajuela, 020103 Costa Rica

Standards, Tentalows, and A-frames
These go fast so book early. 

Upper Kiva
These accommodations have plenty of space and comfort, offering a living area and coffee maker, private bath, and balcony with stunning views. 1 King or 2 Twin bed options.

This accommodation has small steps inside connecting the three living spaces; entry level with bathroom, middle level with bed(s), and lower sitting area with coffee maker. Each has a balcony with stunning views and the option of two twin beds or one king.

See PuraVida.com for full accommodation details.

Pura Vida Spa Costa Rica Accomodation

Check In / Check Out
Check in consists of filling out a simple form followed by a brief orientation. Check in time is 2:00 pm. and check out time is 11:00 am. If your departing flight leaves early in the morning, please check out the day before and settle any costs you may have incurred during your stay. For payment of balance due and extras incurred, we accept cash, traveler’s checks, Visa and MasterCard.

Our reception is open from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm for guest services and staff is available 24 hours a day for emergencies.

The staff gratuities are not included in the package price. We recommend $50 per guest for the entire week for the general staff of 50 people. We ask you to tip your massage therapist separately.



We at the Freedom From Pain Institute care for the health and safety of our staff, teachers, assistants and students. Where there are live workshops scheduled we have plans in place to abide by the CDC guidelines. 


  • A fever 24-hrs prior to the event or a temperature of over 100 degrees.
  • Flu symptoms, shortness of breath, or sore throat prior to the event.
  • If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID in the past 14 days prior to the event. 

If you’d like more information on COVID-19 and how to minimize transmission in your massage practice, get the FREE digital textbook: Preventing Disease Transmission in a Massage Practice.


Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.

workshop schedule

Here’s your itinerary…
  • Saturday, Nov 27: Arrival Day. Evening class from 7pm – 9pm
  • Sunday Nov 28: Workshop: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 6pm
  • Monday, Nov 29: Morning free time / Workshop: 2pm – 6pm
  • Tuesday,  Nov 30: Workshop: 9am – Noon / 2pm – 6pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 1: Your free day to do the wonderful excursions, lay around the pool or take advantage of the many spa services. Details on classes and excursions will be available at the desk when you check in.
  • Thursday, Dec 2: Workshop: 9am – Noon / 2pm – 5pm
  • Friday, Dec 3: Morning free time / Workshop: 2pm – 6pm / Evening Party
  • Saturday, Dec 4: Check out day
  • You can coordinate an early check-in or a late check out for 10% off the regular fee.
All meals are included. The first meal is Saturday evening November 27, the last is breakfast Saturday morning, December 4.

Excursions and Spa treatments

What excursions and spa treatments are available in our free time?

Enjoy some of the many tours or adventures:

  • Skywalk and Wildlife Boat Adventure
  • Hot Springs
  • Whitewater Rafting Adventure
  • Waterfall Gardens
  • Cloud Forest Canopy Adventure
  • Doka Coffee Plantation
  • Guided Medicinal-Ornamental Plant Walk

Or enjoy a luxurious spa treatment. Spa treatments change somewhat from week to week. For this reason, Pura Vida asks that you wait until arrival to arrange appointments at the Wellness Center. 

Pura Vida Spa Resort Wood Smith

frequently asked questions

No shots or vaccinations are needed for visits to Costa Rica.

Everyone in office, the yoga teachers and the massage therapists all speak English.

The ambient temperature at Pura Vida is about ideal. The year round temperature is 70 to 80 degrees during the day with mild nights.Thus, none of our rooms or facilities has air conditioning or heating.

Being in the tropics, there is a lot of insect life in general in Costa Rica. However, our elevation keeps this issue at a minimum and our guests find it remarkably bug-free here.

Yes, we offer a laundry service to our guests. The charge is $8 per load to wash, dry and fold.

The closest beaches to Pura Vida are about 2 hours away on the Pacific coast.

Citizens of the U.S. and Canada may enter Costa Rica with a valid passport. Please note that Costa Rican law requires your passport be valid for at least 90 days after the date you enter the country. This means that if your passport will expire within the next 90 days, you must renew it before your trip. Check with your airline or travel agent for more information. Citizens of other countries should check with the applicable Costa Rican Consulate in your country about rules governing entrance into Costa Rica. You are required to carry your passport with you at all times. If you are stopped by officials, a photocopy with your photo, passport number and entry stamp will usually suffice and is recommended.

Tables are supplied at no cost. Flashlight, alarm clock, sunscreen and hat, bathing suit, day pack/backpack, walking/hiking shoes, sandals with straps, sweater/sweatshirt, insect repellant, toiletries, warm pajamas (cool nights), rainwear/poncho (May-Nov.).

Generally, Costa Rica is quite safe. Like any place, normal precautions and care should be taken depending upon where you are visiting. Violent crime is rare in Costa Rica while theft of personal property (from automobiles and hotel rooms) is more common. Big cities, beach areas and anyplace with a concentration of tourists is more likely to draw thieves and such. Our resort is very secure, yet as a standard precaution we recommend that you store your valuables (cash, credit cards, passports, plane tickets, etc) in the safe available in the office.

Yes, our property is very secure. The area around Pura Vida is also safe to walk around in and many people (male and female) enjoy a walk or run in the surrounding neighborhood and coffee fields.

Pura Vida Spa is a private, gated, 8-acre mountainside estate in Costa Rica’s Alajuela province. It is only 20 minutes northwest of the SJO International Airport and 45 minutes from downtown San Jose. Located at almost 5,000 feet above sea level, year-round temperatures at Pura Vida range from 70 to 80 degrees during the day with mild nights in the high 50s to low 60s. May through November is the Green Season in Costa Rica.

The mailing address is Villas Pura Vida Retreat Center Apartado 1112, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica The physical address is 700 metros al sur de salon Apolo 15 Pavas de Carrizal, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Free Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant and guest lounge. We also have free high-speed internet available in our guest lounge free of charge.

Most cell phones work, however, you will need to contact your provider for assistance

We have bottled water in your room and at the bar. Soft drinks, beer and wine are also available. Our restaurant is casual buffet and our staff take great pride in serving delicious meals. The menu includes a variety of vegetarian fare as well as chicken and fish. We also can accommodate vegan and high-protein diets.

Yes, the water at Pura Vida is safe to drink from every faucet on the property. We filter our water on the premises with both a 1-micron filter and a UV filter. Countrywide, water quality standards in Costa Rica are generally quite high and visitors normally do not have any problems. There is now alkaline water available in the restaurant at no additional cost.

Airport pick-up and drop-off are included in the package price. Our representative will be waiting for you at the terminal exit with a sign listing your name and “PURA VIDA”.

The easiest way to get to town is by taxi. We can usually have a taxi for you in 15 minutes or less. The cost to downtown Alajuela is about $15 per taxi. There is also a public bus route that picks up near Pura Vida and goes to downtown Alajuela once per hour. The cost is less than 50 cents per person.

Yes, our staff will gladly help arrange this for you upon arrival at the resort. There are several companies that will drop off your rental car to you here at Pura Vida. You will need a valid driver’s license, passport and credit card.

Taxicab rates depend, of course, on the distance you want to travel. Taxis in Costa Rica charge by the trip and not per person. So, sharing taxis can really cut down on the cost. Generally taxis can accommodate up to 4 people. A trip to downtown Alajuela is about $15 each way, to the airport is $25 each way, to downtown San José is around $75 each way, and to Jacó (the nearest beach) is about $110 each way.