Training Programs and Courses

The NAMTPT does not specifically endorse any particular training program, rather, holds a high standard for its listed  programs. The prospective student is encouraged to contact these programs to see if the style and curriculum is in alignment with what he or she wants to study. Scroll down to review all programs.

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Mary Biancalana, MS Edu, CMTPT, LMT, Cert Per Trainer

6304 N. Nagle Ave. Suite 3   Chicago, IL 60646

Phone: 773-628-7654

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Our curriculum is based on the pioneering work of Dr.'s Janet Travell and David G. Smions, and brought up to speed by including the most up-to-date, research-based information on fascia, muscle pain, trigger points, self-care and the pathochemistry of pain and sensitization. You will receive expert, dynamic instruction on powerful Trigger Point treatment techniques that are immediately applicable in your own practice.  We incorporate functional, multi-planar range of motion assessment in our full protocol, to best facilitate normalization of muscle tissue and fascia. Advanced Trigger Point Seminars are held in a custom-built, 2,000 sq/ft working myofascial pain clinic in Chicago, near O'Hare Airport with easy private free parking lot and easy access to I-90 and I-294.

8 Core weekend seminars (14 hrs each) and 4 stand alone seminars (7 hrs each) are divided by body area and each covers hands-on treatment techniques and smart and easy ways to apply directly to your practice.

A full library of digital videos are accessible only to ATPS students,and support techniques learned in the classes. Learn from an expert in a successful clinical environment.

Muscle Health dba Advanced Trigger Point Seminars is a NCBTMB approved provider of Continuing Education.



Mary Biancalana


Certified Personal Trainer


Pro Massage & Chiropractic,  907 Rivergate Parkway Suite E4, Goodlettesville, TN, 37072

Become a Muscle Detective!

Celisa Ellis MTPT, LMT, and owner of Pro Massage & Chiropractic, brings over 19 years of trigger point experience.

Our classes offer hands on training in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy.

In our classes you will learn how to find the source of muscle pain & dysfunction using ROM testing, studying pain patterns, and palpation techniques. We utilize the books written by Dr. Janet Travell and David Simons as well as other Myofascial trigger point publications.

Monthly classes will be offered, focusing on common body pain complaints that you can utilize in your practice right away. We offer 14 classes, each class is 7.5 hours of CE units focusing on 14 common areas of pain and dysfunction.  Total of 105 CE hours and certification as a MTPT.

 Help your clients feel better faster. Gain client confidence as well as your own. Learn how to use your body properly so you can be a therapist as long as you want. Learn to manage your own pain.

For more information and class schedules visit our website or call us at (615)448-6446.


Instructor:  Amber Davies - CMTPT, LMT  
Make your body a laboratory for learning! The skills you develop troubleshooting your own pain problems will directly help you solve your clients’ problems. In mastering self-treatment, you discover precisely what works and what doesn't.

Extensive clinical practice time is detailed, supervised, and memorable!  Discover less intense, more effective pain relief that lasts. Better communication methods created to empower but you and your client. This is trigger point therapy your clients will love!

At every turn throughout the workshop, you will be shown safer and more effective techniques that will help keep you out of pain. A special forearm and hand self-treatment session will be included, even in the Lower Body Workshop, to help relieve pain from previous strain. 

New Day Myopain Center LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider.  Attendees will earn CE credits for all classes.

Amber Davies - CMTPT, LMT
New Day Myopain Center LLC
1813 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 445-2012


Presents the Manual Trigger Point Therapy (MTT) Program

Myofascial pain is pain derived from active trigger points. Trigger points are thought to be involved in up to 85% of all cases of chronic pain (Gerwin). One hundred million adult Americans are estimated to suffer from chronic pain (Institute of Medicine, 2011). There are plenty of clients for graduates of MTT.

Manual Trigger Point Therapy (MTT) is a 100-hour program based in Boston. This visionary course is hosted and taught by Stewart Wild and Katie Adams of 360 NeuroMuscular Therapy. Myopain Seminars were originally developed by Robert Gerwin, MD and Jan Dommerholt DPT of Bethesda, MD and named in honor of Janet G. Travell MD.

MTT courses emphasize precise palpation and deactivation of trigger points found within 180 muscles of the body. Theory material is posted online and includes lectures on state-of-the-art trigger point theory, chronic pain science, common pain conditions, quizzes, research papers, links to You Tube videos (example) link to and mastery tests. Principal instructor, Stewart Wild CMTPT, CNMT has been teaching Neuromuscular Trigger Point Therapy since 1998.

MTT is highly practical and clinically applicable and students will get immediate return on investment. Courses are open to all manual therapists and may be taken in any order. Come study with us and learn effective and evidence-informed techniques to solve many of the mysteries of our current chronic pain epidemic.

Program Websites: &

Program Instructors:   Stewart Wild, CNMT, CMTPT    AND   Katie Adams, CNMT, CMTPT

360 NeuroMuscular Therapy 35 Highland Circle, Needham, MA 02494



Washington State.


Program Instructor:
Laurie Connolly, OT

The primarily lab courses, where you will be taught specific hands-on techniques that you can apply immediately in your setting. Once you have completed course 1, you are ready to go beyond the basics. In courses 2-5 you will learn specific referral patterns and treatment techniques for individual muscles. You will also learn additional and advanced myofascial release techniques.

These courses are directed at currently licensed professionals working in the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, massage and more. In the primarily lab centered courses, you will be taught specific hands-on techniques and have the opportunity to experience palpating, evaluating and treating myofascial pain.

Specific referral patterns and treatment techniques for individual muscles are covered as well as additional advanced myofascial release techniques. Course 1 The Basics of Myofascial Pain provides a firm foundation in the treatment of myofascial pain as well as information on the current scientific research. Course 2 The Pelvis, Hips and Lower Back expands on postural evaluation and how to correct pelvic distortions. Course 3 The Shoulder, Arm and Upper Back focuses on treatment and eliminating underlying perpetuating factors in the shoulder arm and upper back. Course 4 Head, Neck and Face includes information on treating headaches and face pain as well as intra-oral techniques.

The TMJ/TMD course introduces the whole body approach to treating the jaw and includes information on identifying and treating dysfunction of the upper cervical spine as well as evaluating the difference between myofascial dysfunction and internal derangements and arthritic conditions of the jaw. Either Course 1 or the TMD course must be taken before taking courses 2, 3, and 4.


American Institute of Myofascial Studies

New Mexico. Ten Seminars.

Program Instructors:
Victoria L. Magown, LMT, CMTPT, RMTI

The MyoRehab Seminar Series is a training program specifically designed for professional healthcare practitioners. It is the intention of the series to add to and enhance the existing knowledge and experience of every clinician searching for the next level of excellence.

Participants will be taught Integrated Manual Trigger Point Therapy which includes Deep Fascia Manipulation, Trigger Point Pressure Release and Joint Mobilization. The MyoRehab Seminar Series  finishes with an exam to become a Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist.


Myopain Seminars

Maryland. Six Seminars.

Mypopain Seminars

Program Instructors:
Jan Dommerholt, PT, MPS, FAAPM
Robert Gerwin, MD, FAAN

The workshops are designed for licensed healthcare practitioners, including physicians and physician assistants, dentists, physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, chiropractors, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, massage therapists, acupuncturists, nurses, and nurse practitioners.

Dry needling

Manual TrP therapy

Canine TrP therapy 

Fascial Manipulation


Learn Bodywork That Works

Clinical Thai Bodywork (CTB) grew out of Chuck Duff’s frustration in the late 1990s with the absence of anatomical knowledge and clinical depth in his traditional Thai massage training. Early in his bodywork career, he found that his traditional training had not prepared him to help his many clients with serious pain. Trigger points proved to be the missing element.

Chuck met and studied with Claire Davies, author of the Trigger Point Workbook, in 2002 and soon realized that the Travell & Simons system of myofascial trigger points added a critical piece for understanding and resolving pain conditions at their origins. Chuck taught the first CTB course in 2005, incorporating his in-depth study of Travell & Simons, asian medicine, sports and osteopathic techniques, and functional analysis of the traditional poses — a process that took many years. A key early collaborator in the development of CTB was Mary Biancalana of Advanced Trigger Point Seminars.

Steeped in the movement disciplines of yoga, Thai bodywork and martial arts, Chuck’s CTB approach incorporates sophisticated integration of joint motion with compression and is highly effective at resolving pain. Thai Bodywork offers a full CTB certification program consisting of more than 500 hours of in-person and online  courses in addition to a practical apprenticeship component structured as 7 individual body area certifications

Click here to go to the Thai Bodywork website

Areas of focus include state of the art trigger point theory and practice, functional anatomy, MET, thorough analysis of satellite referral, and a deep repertoire of highly efficient techniques that preserve the therapist’s body. Students emerge with a professional level trigger point education, an incisive method of analysis and treatment design and a sustainable practice that they can maintain for a lifetime.

Chuck Duff, Thai Bodywork School

537 Custer Ave. Suite 5

Evanston, IL 60202





Valerie DeLaune, LAc

Author of :"Pain Relief with Trigger Point Self-Help" (CD ROM format, 2004)

"Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines" (2008)
"Trigger Point Therapy for Foot, Ankle, Knee & Leg Pain" (2010)
"Pain Relief with Trigger Point Self-Help" (book format, out 2011)
"Trigger Point Therapy for Elbow, Lower Arm, Wrist, & Hand pain" (out 2012)

Alaskan Natural Care, Inc. / Institute of Trigger Point Studies
(907) 435-7060


MYO Trigger Point Seminars, Chicago

Twelve (12) 14-hour weekends (1 weekend per month for 12 months), the completed series is 165 CEUs

Myo Seminar Series Website

Program Instructor:
Sharon Sauer, CMTPT, LMT

The MYO Trigger Point Seminars provide practical, hands-on instruction covering specific myofascial trigger point technique as developed by Sharon Sauer and Mary Biancalana. Weekend topics include the 10 major areas of the body, plus comprehensive sessions on Fibromyalgia, Acute & Sports Injuries, and Business. 168 hours total. Assessment for and Remediation of Perpetuating factors is emphasized. MYO has developed unique area-specific self-care protocols for the entire body. These protocols are made available to students to use in their own practice as hand-outs. Students include Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, DCs, DO's , PT's and more. The course prepares students for the NAMTPT Certification exam. Pre-requisites: Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Health care Provider.


Trigger Point Coach

Program Instructors:
Drs. Rob Beenker
Hanneke Heij, LMT
Drs. Hannah Bouma, LMT

 Tilly Slangen, LMT
Clifton Tjien A Fat, LMT

The Academy for Trigger Point Coaching provides practical, dynamic, hands-on instruction covering the myofascial trigger point techniques as described in Clair and Amber Davies’ Trigger Point Therapy Workbook as well as a number of additional techniques. You may attend if you are a licensed massage therapist, sports masseur, physiotherapist, general practitioner of approved by the instructors.

Currently the academy offers three two-day modules, a licensing program and a number of one day specialized trainings. These trainings cover Frozen Shoulder, Upper Crossed Syndrome, Head Aches, Impingement and others. You may reach the level of Triggerpointcoach® in no less than a year and no more than 3 years, depending on when you wish to go on to the next training.

In module 1 you will start finding your own trigger points before you will work on fellow students. Module two deals with a variety of relatively easy to treat myofascial problems. After having taken the test of module 2 successfully, you may take your place on the practitioners page. If you want to retain that place, you will enroll in our licensing program, after which you may attend module 3. Here we teach more complex myofascial cases, including specific coaching techniques, designed to help you support your clients’ self-reliance.


Beyond Trigger Points Seminars

Beyond Trigger Points Website

Program Instructor:
Cathy Cohen, LMT, CMTPT

Massage therapists can expect to have a greater understanding of the Travell and Simons' approach to myofascial pain and dysfunction. Mastery of specialized techniques such as ice and stretch, trigger point release, postural assessment and myofascial manipulation will be gained. The lecture portion of each unit is delivered as a live tele-seminar or web broadcast. The distance learning program can stand alone for Florida and National CE hours or can be combined with weekend hands-on workshops.