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About Coaching The Body®

Coaching The Body® is highly unique approach to therapeutic bodywork that utilizes techniques from traditional Thai massage as a means of efficiently treating trigger points in muscles and restoring normal motion across joints.

Most of us don’t understand pain, but we all experience it. The Western medical system generally sees pain as a sign of something broken that needs fixing—as a manifestation of injury or disease, an inevitable consequence of damaged tissues. This pathology model of pain is both thoroughly inculcated into popular thinking and unfortunately wrong in a high percentage of cases. Even when medical imaging shows departures from “normal” in body tissues, the widespread assumption that those findings are the cause of pain denies the insights of trigger point theory and modern neuroscience, and leads to ineffective treatments, unnecessary interventions, and disturbed, even ruined, lives.

Renowned bodywork teacher and pain therapist Chuck Duff discovered that the ineffectiveness of these beliefs stems from a failure to understand the true origins of pain. His Coaching The Body® system recognizes that pain originates in the brain as a response to danger signals from trigger points that feed the brain’s innate protective instinct.

CTB interrupts these peripheral danger signals using highly effective manual therapy techniques to remove trigger points. These techniques exploit the brain’s neuroplasticity by providing an experience of pain-free movement. Chuck has taught thousands of manual therapists how to dramatically improve their success rates with even difficult pain cases.

Chuck has found that there is another way, a different and more lasting solution for common pain complaints such as back pain, shoulder pain, and sciatica. This system has been tested for many years over thousands of clinical sessions performed by CTB students and staff, and we know it works. The CTB approach involves hacking the central nervous system by offering it an experience of movement without pain, and “evidence-based reasons” to drop its hyperprotective stance that caused the pain in the first place.

Whether you are a massage therapist, yoga teacher or practitioner, health coach, psychotherapist, physical therapist, MD, athlete, or dancer, or a nonprofessional who is willing to learn, these concepts will empower you with accurate and useful knowledge to help yourself and others.