Help more people. Period.

You’re here because you care about people. You want to help them…

  • move better
  • feel better
  • live better

I, too, wanted to help people with pain when I started out as a therapist 20 years ago. Unfortunately, my training in traditional Thai massage didn't prepare me very well for that. I had learned hundreds of techniques, but no real framework for how and when to apply them. So I set out to discover the true origins of pain. That's how I tend to do things.

Out of desperation for true knowledge, 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.

I found that our medical system has a flawed and obsolete understanding of the true origins of pain, and this has brought us to where we stand today - 65,000 deaths a year from opiates and ineffective treatment that relies on useless interventions such as drugs, steroid injections and surgery.

It took me a long time, but I now understand where this model went wrong – and I've created a new one that really works.

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Trigger Point 2.0

I discovered that trigger point therapy had great promise, but it had never been implemented or taught in a way that set up practitioners for success. It’s almost useless to treat individual muscles, in a static way without movement. 

Trigger point theory is a powerful model for explaining pain mechanisms, but I soon realized that I needed to apply it in a new way to manual therapy. 

Fortunately, my training in Thai bodywork taught me a large repertoire of movement-oriented techniques - but I needed to understand their muscular effects and how they could be used to treat trigger points (something none of my teachers really knew). That became my project for the next several years.

The result was an incredibly powerful bodywork approach for pain that I call Coaching The Body™. And I want to teach it to you. 

I was expecting entry level—but left with so much more. I am so eager to go forward learning from Chuck.

My favorite class so far and I've taken many!”

I feel Chuck's approach is amazing and I feel that the material is the approach for pain. The whole program is needed for everyone. I feel that I have helped clients through Chuck's approach in trigger points and his whole CTB program. I watch chiropractors, therapists, PT's and I feel CTB is the future for pain relief!

A New Approach Demands A New Way Of Learning.

It's one thing to get good at something, and quite another to figure out how to teach it so others really get it. I've spent the last 10 years refining how to teach CTB in the most efficient way.

Because what we do is totally unique, we get students from all over the country (and other countries). I wanted to be able to minimize the amount of travel required, while also having enough time to learn functional anatomy, trigger point therapy and a way of doing bodywork that is good for both the client and the therapist.

To meet these needs, we've developed a state of the art educational approach that rests on a huge library of online video-based courses so that you can absorb the theory at home - and have 24/7 access to everything you learn. 

That allows us to focus on practical, apprentice-style learning while you're here. We're very happy with this model, and so are our students.


Who Can Benefit From This Training?

We welcome both 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 resolve your students' pain so they can continue a vital and uninterrupted practice. Many people look to teachers for help 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. Add a nationally licensed coaching practice that keeps your clients healthy and keeps you thriving with the most powerful rehab protocols around.

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Start With Individual Workshops and Move Into Certification

You can register for one of our entry-level classes first, and whatever you take will count toward certification if you choose to pursue it. Each of these classes provides 17 NCBTMB CE credits.

We offer 3 levels of CTB certification: Practitioner (CTBP), Advanced and Master. our 600-hour CTBP certification consists of 10 in-person classes, each of which has an accompanying online course, plus our online CTB Membership and some private mentoring sessions with instructors.

Our CTBP certification program is approved by the Pastoral Medical Association (PMA) for national and international licensing. Please contact our admissions staff for more details.

Register Today For Any Of Our Entry Level Classes

Register directly for any of the classes listed here by clicking on the description. You'll see available dates on the next page. All courses include an extensive online component, so that you can study and review before and after class. 

Level 1: Thai Bodywork Fundamentals

Learn a fantastic 90-minute mat-based sequence that can address some basic clinical issues. We use a fundamental technique sequence to show our clinical approach in a session that can be both relaxing and therapeutic. This popular and much-loved course is the gateway to the rest of our program, and we teach it 6x per year. 

Functional Anatomy

This is one of the most important courses we teach, yet is suitable for beginners. We present functional anatomy concepts in a way that is practical, memorable and useful. We cover terminology, trigger point characteristics, how to do contract/relax, shorten and stretch, and palpate for taut fibers for the muscles most involved in pain complaints.

CTB Fundamentals

We cover trigger point principles in depth, current neuroscience, common ways that muscles dysfunction and the basic CTB treatment cycle. This course focuses on the theory and practice of how we produce fast tissue change in the CTB system. It's a great combination of theory and technique for those who are curious about our clinical approach.

Best CE class I have taken in 10 years!

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 material is presented, I can't wait to come back and continue learning.

There is so much amazing information covered!

Meet Your Instructors

Chuck Duff

Chuck left a lucrative (but soul-sucking) career in software development to pursue training in traditional Thai massage. He opened his first clinic, Thai Bodywork, in 2001, and quickly became frustrated with the lack of resources available for deep, long-term pain relief.

During his decades-long quest to understand the true nature of pain, he rediscovered the forgotten nuances of trigger point therapy, and realized he could integrate that with his training in Thai techniques. He developed Coaching The Body™ through years of research and clinical study, and has been teaching it since 2005.

Chuck's in-person and online teaching has now achieved international recognition as one of the most sophisticated and successful approaches in the world for treatment of pain and dysfunction.

Doug Ringwald

Doug was a yoga instructor (and a musician, and a graphic designer, and a soccer player) with chronic back pain. As long as he was practicing yoga, he wasn’t in pain.

But he found himself unable to help his students with their chronic and severe pain. He felt frustrated by his lack of knowledge in functional anatomy and kinesiology.

Doug explored a myriad of learning opportunities—but after a life-changing experience with Thai massage, he decided to enroll in Chuck Duff’s Level I training program. And we still can’t get rid of him. 🙂

Three years later, Doug quit his job in digital publishing to become a full-time therapist and teacher. He’s been teaching alongside Chuck since 2014, and he now sees clients at his Highland Park clinic in addition to his training and curriculum development at CTBI.

I thought I knew a lot about shoulder treatment, but this class deconstructed and reconstructed what I knew.

The class was very informative and the mixture of illustration, practice and integration is exceptional.

I felt welcomed and comfortable, the teachers were very down to earth. There was no pressure; we were corrected when needed and I was allowed to learn at my own pace. The teachers were very knowledgeable about able to answer some challenging questions. Truly a great environment for learning.

I've trained in multiple movement systems and martial arts... this has been some of the best teaching I've ever encountered.

Thorough, thoughtful, and most excellent!

As always you have provided us with a fantastic amount of information that is coherent and well presented.

About Coaching The Body

Coaching The Body™ is at the forefront of understanding and treating the true origins of pain. It was developed by Chuck Duff, a leading expert in the field of understanding and treating pain.

Based on decades of research and clinical experience, this approach combines:

  • the movement-based techniques of traditional Thai bodywork
  • a modern understanding of trigger point therapy and functional anatomy
  • advances in modern neuroscience

Level 1: Thai Bodywork Fundamentals is our introductory course, open to all. We also offer a 600-hour certification program, with advanced levels of certification available.