Coaching The Body™

Restoring Pain-Free Movement

Learn a therapeutic modality that uses a new approach to resolve pain quickly, effectively and permanently.

I wanted to help people with pain when I started out as a therapist 20 years ago. I had learned hundreds of techniques, but no reliable framework for how and when to apply them. So I set out to try and find the true origins of pain. 

Finding no ready-made solutions, I began a long journey that led me through an in-depth study of trigger point therapy, neuroscience, functional anatomy, and many styles of bodywork. What I discovered shocked me. 

The common assumption is that most pain is a result of injury or disease - however trigger point therapy has shown conclusively that this is false. Most pain is caused by trigger points in muscles. In fact, modern neuroscience shows us that the very experience of pain is generated in the brain, and is not determined by tissue damage. Pain is an output, not an input.

I've taught thousands of students how to  become successful Pain Hackers. We would love to have you join us – read on for how you can get involved and learn the most effective bodywork on the planet! 

Can You Benefit From This Training?

We welcome experienced bodywork, medical and movement professionals as well as those who have no prior experience in the field. Our program builds knowledge from the ground up, including detailed functional anatomy and in-depth training in Travell & Simons trigger point therapy, and we love teaching beginners!

Massage Therapists

Learn to resolve even serious pain conditions reliably and efficiently, with far less stress on your own body. Don't be intimidated by diagnoses like frozen shoulder or sciatica. Join our crew of Pain Hackers and watch your practice explode.

Yoga & Pilates Instructors

Learn to correctly analyze and help your students' pain so they can continue a vital and uninterrupted practice. Many people look to teachers for assistance with their pain, but few understand how to actually help. Become a nationally licensed Pain Hacker with a thriving private practice that complements your teaching.

Medical Professionals

Our program attracts many PTs, chiropractors, MDs, RNs and others who wish to add a powerful modality for treating pain to their repertoire. Differentiate yourself by becoming incredibly effective at resolving resistant pain conditions that stump your peers.

Personal Trainers

Clients who are in pain can't train the way you both want them to. Learn to assess and resolve pain that arises in workouts so they can keep growing. Build a nationally licensed coaching practice that keeps your clients healthy and keeps you thriving with the most powerful rehab protocols around.

Coaching The Body™:  A new way to understand and eliminate pain.

Modern Neuroscience

Trigger Point 2.0

In-Depth Functional Anatomy

I found that trigger point therapy had great promise, but it had never been implemented or taught in a way that set up practitioners for success. Simplistic cases of single muscles referring pain are rare. My own therapeutic success came only after I began to understand the relationships between muscles that set up common pain patterns

Nobody taught me this, because the knowledge just didn’t exist. I was lucky enough to discover some things that when put together, produce incredible results. I started having success in the vast majority of my treatments, even with severe pain conditions that had been failed by multiple, highly regarded practitioners.

I called my approach Coaching The Body™ (CTB). I taught my first course in this modality in 2005. It’s far easier to be a great therapist than it is to teach others how to do it. I’ve spent the last 15 years figuring out how to reliably teach others to be great at this work. 

So - you’re lucky. Right place, right time. You don’t have to spend the years that I did uncovering these secrets. I can show you my approach in a reasonably priced, very achievable certification program - and you will become a Pain Hacker who your clients respect and adore

My program takes the techniques of Thai bodywork and other styles (which by themselves are just empty tricks) and uses them to implement a more modern system that I call Trigger Point 2.0. We use movement, vibration, and neurological distraction to safely bypass the body’s vigilant self-protective instincts–defeating the body's tendency to use muscle engagement to protect joints and lock down motion. 

The best tools and techniques are useless without the right analysis. That’s what you will learn here, and our experience over thousands of students and clients has proven that these ideas work. 

In-Person Apprenticeship,

Online Learning & Practice

Our program provides a sophisticated combination of in-person and online learning. We give you access to hundreds of hours of video supporting all of your coursework. It’s yours to keep. 

You'll have  a huge reference library that covers the theory, anatomy and protocols at your constant disposal, and that allows us to focus our valuable time together in person on training your movements, touch, interaction and thought process. 

We think of it as an apprenticeship. When I demonstrate things in class, they aren’t fake or made up. We pick students for demonstrations that actually have the issues we’re covering, and address them in real time - so you can witness it, see it and feel it

Because our program is totally unique and not available anywhere else, we get many out of state students. Our unique combination of online and in-person learning makes it affordable to certify from a distance, and we offer affordable studio stays for visitors that greatly reduce travel expense. 

Trigger Point Therapy 2.0

Repeated studies have shown that most pain is the result of muscular adaptations called trigger points

Trigger points are like little clenched fists that live within your muscle tissue. Trigger points are often the result of the central nervous system attempting to protect a certain area of the body (by “locking it down.”) 

We call this phenomenon  protective engagement.

These small, local contractions can pull on their surrounding tissues and tendons, creating a domino effect of referral patterns.

For that reason, the origin of your pain might be in a different location from where you FEEL the pain. This was the great discovery of Travell & Simons - but you need to take this model farther to truly be successful.

As a practitioner, your most important skill is analyzing the true source of the pain. Trigger point work is only effective when you deal with the source muscles rather than those at the end of the chain. That's our specialty.

Our program produces therapists who are unparalleled in their understanding of where the most common pain patterns originate. You will understand how satellite referral and functional relationships set up pain, and the best techniques to address them.

We use the movement-based techniques of Thai bodywork as a profoundly effective vehicle for addressing trigger points. Armed with these tools plus world class analysis skills and modern neuroscience principles, you will become a highly effective Pain Hacker.

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What Our Students Say...

THRILLED to continue my study. My LONG LONG-term goal is to be fully certified and be a remote “Coaching the Body” teacher...Chuck’s years of study and practice has evolved into the healing wisdom our Westernized society needs TODAY. I want to share this with my community and teach it to future generations!!! I believe so strongly in what Chuck is doing. I have watched it transform lives and eliminate medical diagnoses! I’m THRILLED to continue my study, learning from a true master of healing pain and injury!

Julianne Hutchcraft

KC Yoga

Great class! The energy was awesome and the ability to gain from one another was a gift. All the instructors were amazing & I appreciate the ability to absorb at my own pace with thoughtful feedback. The amount of knowledge & experience is RICH. - Carlos Dominguez

Carlos Dominguez

Level 1 Student

Incredible! This is by far one of the most incredible trainings that I have been to. The content is direct and accessible, and the training is incredibly efficient. From the body mechanics and doing the work to the way the materiel is presented, I can't wait to come back and continue learning.

Brockell Briddle

LMT, Bodywork, RYT, EmbodiedWork LLC

Thanks again for a great day. I am over the moon excited to have found this work and the CTB community. Today was a huge boost to my skill level and ability to help people... I hope it was ok I posted the pic of me with my certification! 

Nikelle Borough

LMT

What Our Clients Say...

Today was the first time in months that I got out of bed without pain...miracle worker! Joann D.

Sciatica

Awesome! Thorough, effective, kind, professional. Focused on specific areas. Lynette P.

Low Back Pain

...diagnosis of where the pain and/or restricted movement is coming from is spot on. Thereafter the treatment in those areas is very effective. Stuart B.

Neck Pain

My son is a high school Varsity swimmer, with problems with his shoulders. Just after a few sessions the results are outstanding. Highly recommend! Vladimir V.

Shoulder Pain

Amazing knowledge and skill to resolve physical issues related to my training. Scott N.

Hip Pain

You are magic! I have felt better in the past few weeks than I have in 8 months. Thank you. Blair C.

Low Back

...amazing experience!...completely disarms the typical fight or flight nervous system response and allows for deep, productive and restorative healing. Carol G.

Knee Pain

...tremendous technical ability and great observation and listening skills...able to diagnose and correct problems that seem to baffle other healthcare professionals. Drew B.

Upper Back Pain

Frozen Shoulder Client

Valerie came to the clinic from California with two frozen shoulders.  She was told by orthopedic doctors and physical therapists that nothing could be done.  After CTB treatment, she has pain free movement and is enjoying athletic activities again; including rock climbing and skiing.  Play the video to see some of her treatment and hear about her experience.

CTBI Faculty

Chuck Duff

Chuck Duff

Founder and Chief Instructor

Doug Ringwald

Doug Ringwald

CTBI Instructor and Master Practitioner

Zoe Verdin

Zoe Verdin

CTBI Coordinator and Advanced Practitioner

William Baird

William Baird

Advanced Practitioner and Apprentice Instructor

Coaching The Body

This unique approach combines key elements from traditional Thai massage, modern neuroscience, and a brand-new understanding of trigger point therapy.

It works. It lasts.

And it’s not available anywhere else.

We Offer Several Great Classes For New Students

Enroll Today And Claim Your Spot!

Several of our classes are suitable for new students and have no prerequisites. All provide 17+ NCBTMB hours for massage. Our classes often fill - so register today and reserve your spot!

All classes are taught Friday 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM. Each class has an online and an in-person component. And any of these classes will count toward your certification if you choose that option later.

 

If you would like to talk with someone about classes or certification, we'd love to hear from you – please open a chat in the lower right.

Level 1: Thai Bodywork Fundamentals

This is our most popular entry level course, and we generally teach it 6 times a year. Learn basic CTB principles, how to work in a way that benefits your own body and your clients, and leave with a fantastic 90-minute sequence that relieves pain and stress! 

CTB Fundamentals

Our Coaching The Body™ Fundamentals class provides a detailed explanation of trigger point theory and physiology, along with how we translate these principles into our bodywork approach. You will practice several hands-on examples of working clinically with various muscle groups.

Functional Anatomy

Learn the key muscles for pain work, their trigger point characteristics, fiber direction, how to palpate and find trigger points, common pain caused, how they function and malfunction. This is a great class for new students, bodyworkers, yoga teachers, anyone wanting more insight about how muscles cause pain and limitation.

HandsFree: Working From Ease

Learn a fantastic approach to bodywork in which you use body weight and remain totally relaxed. We have collected techniques from many bodywork disciplines using sophisticated combinations of compression using feet, legs and leverage to work from relaxation and ease, benefitting both giver and receiver.