A series of curated weekly lessons that teach you the true origins of pain -- and how to assess and treat the muscles involved in all of the major pain areas of the body
Why The Membership Exists
We've had a lot of requests for an online program that was sequenced in a way that students could absorb one topic at a time, in an order that made sense. Our students love online material because it allows them to study while they aren't in class.
We liked the membership idea because it allows us to curate the material each week, interact with students throughout the program and support the material we teach in person. It's a win for everyone!
What The Membership Consists Of
The CTB Membership is a series of lessons, delivered each week, covering all of the major pain areas of the body. We begin with shoulder pain, and cover the primary muscles involved in treating shoulder pain, one muscle or group at a time.
Lessons cover all of the anatomy, trigger point theory, treatment examples, assessments and Muscle Liberator techniques for each muscle and include overviews on treating each pain complaint.
How The Membership is A Unique Offering
Our Coaching The Body approach is in itself totally unique, blending the techniques of Thai bodywork with modern ideas from trigger point therapy, osteopathy and other areas.
This format is also unlike anything else that's out there, guiding you carefully through the most relevant pain areas, guided by our decades of clinical experience. It's almost like an online apprenticeship program.
Typical Content of a Weekly Lesson
Each weekly lesson consists of several topics. We begin with an overview of the topic for the week, which could be a single muscle, a small highly related grouping of muscles, or a larger treatment (such as correcting someone's rounded shoulder posture).
For example, Week 1 covers the subscapularis muscle -- one of the most important muscles involved in shoulder pain. The first few months of the membership are devoted to shoulder pain, and we kick it off with the subscap and the infraspinatus in weeks 1 and 2.
Week 1 begins with an overview of the Coaching The Body principles, so you learn generally how we approach treating any kind of pain in the body. Then we move into the anatomy and palpation of the subscap, and detailed videos on how to treat it - both by itself and in relation to its primary antagonist, the infraspinatus. The last topic is often a specific video on how to use the Muscle Liberator™ with that muscle.
What to Expect in the Series
The CTB Membership Series presents topics in an order that makes sense and builds upon previous weeks. The first 13 weeks of the membership series are devoted to shoulder pain. Lessons in the first several weeks include:
- CTB Principles and the Subscapularis Muscle: Anatomy, Trigger Point Theory and Treatment
- The Infraspinatus Muscle: Anatomy, Trigger Point Theory and Treatment
- Muscles That Abduct the Arm: Supraspinatus and Deltoid
- Muscles That Adduct the Arm: Latissimus Dorsi and Teres Major
- Treating Frozen Shoulder - Intro to the Approach
Following the shoulder series, we will continue into other body areas in which complaints are very common. Examples include knee pain, hip pain, sciatica, sacral and low back pain, wrist pain, ankle and foot pain, and much more. Because it will take many weeks to properly cover each area, Not all complaints will be covered in the first year.
Testimonials From CTB Members and Students
The content in the CTB Membership has been very helpful! The weekly lessons are usually just the right amount of information. It really depends on my schedule. If I'm busy, it's harder to get in but knowing I can pick back up as soon as my schedule allows is wonderful!
The Muscle Liberator is a great tool! It's not for every client but most like it. (After we have the "You're using a power tool on me???" conversation.) Once they experience it and realize how quickly it helps, they are put at ease.Kim Bengel
Fabulous Chuck! The membership content is so awesome. Thanks for all the useful tools!!
The scapular positioning is a great protocol.
I'm loving being able to watch and practice from afar, so grateful to have this membership as a learning tool. My clients are benefiting tremendously.Pauline Wilder
Don't Wait - Reserve Your Place in the Membership Group Today!
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Frequently Asked Questions About the CTB Membership and the Muscle Liberator™
About the Coaching The Body Membership
What do we get with the CTB Membership?
The membership is a guided series of lessons, one per week, on how to treat the significant pain symptoms of the body. Think of it as an ongoing course that guides you step by step through our amazing Coaching the Body approach, with muscles and topics covered in the most logical order - starting with shoulder pain, the most common complaint that we see. You will get slides, videos, downloadable materials and more! Much of this material is only available via the membership. JOIN US!
Do the lessons provide Continuing Education credits for massage?
We are an NCBTMB-approved CE provider. We're in a process of applying for CE credit for the weekly lessons, and this will be available retroactively if you are currently a member.
What is the benefit of purchasing the CTB Membership over just the Muscle Liberator?
While we love the Muscle Liberator and all it can do, it wouldn’t be the tool we know it to be without the knowledge and understanding we have of not only Trigger Point Therapy and pain referral in the body, but also the use of reintegrative movement, post-isometric relaxation (PIR) and breathing techniques, and our extensive body area protocols. In other words, we cannot guarantee success with the Muscle Liberator without the Membership. Using a tool like this to simply "iron muscles" loses 90% of the benefit.
Do we have 24/7 access to the videos forever?
Yes! Once you become a member, the videos you receive access to each week will always be yours to watch.
Weekly Lesson Content
How many videos do we receive with the CTB Membership?
Each week you will receive 1-2 hours of video content along with downloadable materials including slides and other references. Some of this content may exist in some form within other courses in our online library, some of it is unique to the membership.
If I'm already a CTBI student, does this program still make sense for me?
Absolutely! Consider this program an easily accessible, topically oriented tour through the body, starting with the most common pain complaints you are likely to see. The membership will always include our most up to date and current techniques. Much of the material will ONLY be available through the membership, such as the Muscle Liberator-focused material. Existing students in our certification programs are eligible for discounts on the membership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Does one need to know Thai Massage or Trigger Point Therapy for this program to be useful/applicable?
With the CTB Membership, we will show and teach you what you need to know about body mechanics/techniques and Trigger Point Therapy to get significant benefit for your clients and your own body. While our program uses techniques from Thai bodywork, these are taught as needed, and you will not need a prior background in any type of bodywork to benefit. Most techniques are easily adaptable to the table.
What if I already own a number of courses in the CTB Academy Online Library? Will this be redundant?
A portion of the material will be entirely unique to the membership. While some material from the online library may be reused in the membership content, the sequencing, presentation and curation alone are worth the cost. We present the material in an order that makes sense within the larger topics that we'll be covering, one muscle or grouping at a time. In addition, we have ongoing opportunities for members to interact with teachers, including a private Facebook group and regular live webinar events.
Do you need to be a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) to use the Muscle Liberator or associated Membership material?
This is a comprehensive training in which we cover the use of both bodywork techniques and the Muscle Liberator in each area of the body, including working muscles short, long and finding trigger point areas. The material is presented without expectation of prerequisites, and we build from the ground up, so anyone can absorb it.
About the Muscle Liberator™
What is the Muscle Liberator?
The Muscle Liberator is a professional, high build quality, variable-speed percussion tool that administers percussion and vibration at a rate of up to 2800 percussions/minute or 46 per second. Pressure can be varied from very minimal, providing only vibratory distraction, to more percussive for larger clients and muscles.
Are there muscles the Muscle Liberator SHOULD NOT be used on?
People are often surprised to find out that the Muscle Liberator can even be used in delicated areas of the body. It can be used on even sensitive muscles like the serratus anterior - the issue is more about technique than the tool itself. The beauty of this tool is that it can be used solely for distraction and without any weight behind it, so the effect on the muscle is more like rapid vibration. Muscles like the serratus anterior respond remarkably well to this type of distraction.
Areas that we don't recommend include areas with delicate neurological or vascular structures like the anterior neck or brachial plexus, where there is little or no protective muscle layer. We also advise care around delicate bony structures in the cervical spine and the skull.
How long does it take to receive a Muscle Liberator?
When we have Muscle Liberators in stock we are able to ship within 2-3 business days. When we have back-orders, the shipment can take up to 10 days. Once you’ve ordered, if your shipment will be delayed past 3 days, we will email you.
What is the action of the Muscle Liberator?
The Muscle Liberator provides simple percussion, with no rotation or lateral motion on the skin. This makes it usable in all areas of the body, and allows for precision use with smaller head sizes. Pressure and speed can be varied through a wide range by the operator.