CTB Practitioner Level Guidelines & Expectations
Please bookmark this page for frequent reference, as this page will provide full guidelines for developing a practice and progressing efficiently through your program. If anything is unclear here, please email Zoë at firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
At Coaching the Body Institute, we use the martial arts model to not only assess student competency, but to also encourage a culture of leadership. In martial arts, students are encouraged to begin assisting others in class very early on, with the understanding that through teaching, we solidify what we’ve learned and we more clearly observe where we are lacking.
In order to encourage this model and help our students see their progression through the CTBP certification program, we are implementing a belt system as of early 2019. Just like in martial arts, when you progress to a higher level of competency, you will be granted a new belt color. The belts will be “wrist belts” or bracelets, so everyone can identify in class which students are taking more leadership roles.
The belts will also serve as a means to keep your education on track. Should you not receive a belt required for entering your next in-person course, your future classes may be rearranged. For this reason, we want to emphasize the importance of keeping up with class assignments and scheduling your mentoring in a timely manner.
CTB Muscle Checkout is broken into two categories: Muscle Knowledge and Muscle Treatment. The muscles required for checkout in the CTBP Certification program are listed below. As you continue to develop your practice, you will begin to see that the majority of pain complaints that come through your doors are directly connected to either a group of muscles related to the shoulder or the key muscles of the lower body. With this basic understanding, we can prepare you for the vast majority of cases by simply getting you comfortable with the analysis and treatment cycle for 11 muscles of the “lower” body and 13 in the upper body.
Mentoring is a key component of your education. Your mentoring sessions will be some of your primary stepping stones to progressing through your CTBP program, providing you necessary feedback on your technique, treatment design and ability to monitor fiber change and address pain complaints. It is within the mentoring sessions that you will show competency at each level, share your notes and findings from your home practice and be given the thumbs up to move to your next color belt and next class.
While we have established a minimum number of mentoring sessions required for the CTBP program (4), we recognize that each student progresses at their own pace and some may require more mentoring than others. The minimum requirement is not a recommendation, but simply a baseline.
As stated above, it is important to note that we will not progress you through the in-person course curriculum as planned if required levels of competency are not reached throughout the mentoring process. So please read through the Belt Criteria carefully and keep this page within easy access so you can reference it regularly throughout your program.
PLEASE NOTE: If you come to your mentoring session unprepared, your mentor holds the right to end your mentoring session and request you return to repeat. You will be charged for the additional session.
- Referral/satellite referral patterns
- Clinical Core for the Upper Body online course
- CTB Membership Shoulder Module (Weeks 1-20)
- Clinical Core for the Lower Body online course
- CTB Membership Hip Module (Weeks 21-32)
- Functional Anatomy Muscle Pages
- Student Body Area Checkout spreadsheet
CTBP Belt System
- Develop a working practice that allows you to complete each post-class assignment
- Work on many different bodies and body types
- Consistently work to increase your routine repertoire
- Implement what you’ve learned in class as soon as you’ve learned it
Practice, practice, practice
In general, the easiest way to keep your skills progressing is to do the work and do it often.
Following are the milestones represented by each belt:
White Belt: Just starting out in 100 Level Classes (after first mentoring)
Yellow Belt: Has taken all 100 Level Classes and passed requirements with mentor
Orange Belt: Has taken all 300 Level Classes and passed requirements with mentor
Green Belt: Has taken Integrating the Practice and successfully demonstrated competency and preparedness for CTBP Certification Testing
Blue Belt: Has taken Advanced Practitioner body area courses and demonstrated protocol process to an instructor
Purple Belt: Has completed all Advanced Practitioner classes and practicum and has checked out of all involved muscles
Brown Belt: Has completed all Master Practitioner classes and checked out of individual muscles.
Black Belt: Has completed final Master Practitioner checkout and completed all Master requirements for Master Practitioner Certification.
White Belt MentoringRequirements for Belt Testing: Student has the potential of earning their white belt at their first mentoring session after having taken Level 1: Thai Bodywork Fundamentals. This should be scheduled as soon as possible after this course. Mentoring – The first mentoring session should be done soon after Level 1 training, and after student has had a chance to practice their flow on family and friends (minimum of 5 sessions). The goals of the first mentoring session are to help the student refine basic movement, transitions, use of body weight and techniques within the context of the Level 1 sequence. Once competent, student will receive WHITE BELT. Documentation – No documentation due at this time.
How will I know I’m ready?Technique – Student feels comfortable and relaxed with their Level 1 flow. Treatment Design – Student feels confident using the Level 1 routine in a 90 minute session. Tissue Change – Not applicable Individual Muscle and Quality of Movement Assessments – No focus on individual muscles. Movement should demonstrate smooth transitions and relaxed body weight. Structural & Breathing Assessments – Not applicable
The CTBP Final Practical Exam
You will perform a 90-minute session on a senior instructor, keeping these goals in mind. With refined technique, relaxed body, proper body weight and smooth transitions, student will demonstrate their ability to address the pain or tension scenario provided by the instructor. Your skills will be assessed in the following areas:
- Treatment Design: In 90 minutes, you will demonstrate your ability to treat upper or lower body pain complaints based on what instructor presents and your experience with the Upper and Lower Body Core Protocols.
- Technique: You need to be comfortable with the foundational techniques that you were taught. The practical test is not a training session, although asking questions for clarification is permitted. Techniques are assessed on body mechanics, accurate palpation of fiber direction, ability to produce tissue change and recognizing when results are at a plateau and it’s time to move on.
- Transitions and Flow: Your session should involve smooth transitions through the poses, considering that you are modeling for the client’s nervous system the experience of smooth, pain-free movement.
- Assessment and Decision Making: CTB doesn’t use mindless sequences. You must be constantly assessing quality of motion, state of tissues and how they change in response to your work. You need to be able to detect even small signs of resistance and end-range during motion and provide tactile feedback, slowing down or otherwise modifying your techniques and movements according to the body’s signals, including possibly changing your treatment design on the fly.
- Body Mechanics: You need to work in a manner that is sustainable for your own body and is reassuring for the client. If you work with a lot of tension or attempt to do ballistic stretches because you don’t have sufficient strength, this will be a strong negative.
- Client Interaction and Setting: You need to provide a calming presence for the client, interview them prior to beginning the session for areas of concern, ensure that the room and your props are prepared in advance, be comfortable with temperature, lighting, music and other factors. During the session, you will be expected to provide an appropriate degree of interaction for this type of session. That means for example that you will interact with the client when you need more information, but you aren’t constantly asking for numeric pressure feedback, talking in a distracting manner or being completely silent when you might be confused about what is happening.
The teacher will provide you with feedback after the session. This is not a teaching session, and if you require extensive training during the test you will be asked to do more mentoring and come back (requires a retake fee).