Continuing Education Courses for Massage and Bodywork Therapists

Cat on foam roller with balls

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Cat (Cathy) Matlock is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCMTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider, provider #452039-123. Cat Matlock has been a licensed massage therapist and bodyworker since 1993, dedicating her practice to the understanding and relieving of the tensional systems which create chronic pain in our bodies. She believes the key to effectively releasing these tensional patterns is in combining the compressive release of your client’s trigger points in your office and then instructing your client how to work on their points at home.   When you take a CE class with Cat, you learn by working on your own points with therapy balls, foam rollers, etc., by working with your class partner, through powerpoint, experiential anatomy, movement, and handouts with pictures.  Every class is now supported with video demonstrations of the work.  Upon completion of the class you will receive the password to watch the videos.

 Check out Cat’s YouTube channel here


All classes held in West Asheville at FreeBody Trigger Point Therapy Clinic, 619 Haywood Rd, Second Floor, Asheville, NC, 28806

Here is the class schedule:

Releasing Quads and Hamstrings – 7 CEs
September 14th 10:00am-6:00pm
In this one day class, students will study the anatomy of the quadriceps and hamstrings muscle groups.  Cat will teach you common tensional imbalances between these muscle groups, what those symptoms are, and typical postures and overuse patterns which create those imbalances.  Students will then palpate and treat the quads and hamstrings with effective trigger point techniques for restoring balance and alleviating pain and dysfunction.  Learn which areas of the hamstrings to work to address hamstring attachment pain, which trigger points in the quads cause knee buckling and pain in the knee, the effects of tensional imbalance on the pelvis and low back, and more!




LMBT CE: Trigger Point Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – 7 CEs

September 15th, 10:00am-6:00pm

Cost: $140

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a very painful and debilitating condition with causes numbness and tingling and pain in the hands. This condition costs the healthcare system millions of dollars a year and, in my experience, most of the time can be easily treated in a very short time. In this class you will learn to differentiate between true and false carpal tunnel syndrome. You will learn the muscles which affect the nerve in the carpal tunnel and how to effectively treat them with your clients to bring them often instant relief.

Cat Matlock, founder of The Embodiment Center, West Asheville Yoga, and the Freedom of Movement Therapeutics System, is a trigger point therapist with 25 years experience in helping her clients and students out of chronic pain and tension. Cat is a Continuing Education Provider through the NCBLMBT. You can visit her website at Cat to learn more about trigger point therapy and Cat’s work. You can check her out on YouTube at




LMBT CE: Trigger Point Therapy for the Neck – 7CEs

September 16th, 10am-6pm

Cost: $140

This workshop is for massage therapists who wish to have a good working knowledge of major neck muscles and how to treat trigger points in these muscles. Participants will receive expert instruction on anatomy and trigger point location and treatment.  In this workshop you will learn effective trigger point therapy techniques for the sterno-cleido-mastoid, the scalenes, upper trapezius, and the posterior cervicals.




LMBT CE: Balancing and Leveling the Pelvis – 21 CEs

October 12th-October 14th:

10am-6pm on Friday, October 12th & October 13th

9am-3pm on Sunday, October 14th

Cost $375

In this course students will learn common causes, and the painful results, of imbalance in the pelvic orientation: too much tilt, too much tuck, and lateral tilt.  The anatomy of the muscles that affect tilt, tuck, and lateral tilt will be explored.  Common symptoms related to these imbalances will be explained, including which muscles and which trigger points in those muscles create pain, nerve compression symptoms, radiating tingling, weakness in the hip. trochanteric bursitis, low back pain, sciatica like symptoms, and more.  Cat will guide you in palpating the muscles, finding the trigger points, and effective methods to releasing tension to restore balance in your clients.




LMBT CE: Releasing the Scalenes Muscles in the Neck – 7 CEs

October 26th, 10am-6pm

Cost: $140

The scalenes muscles in the neck become aggravated by injury, car accidents, chronically tilting the head to one side, and a variety of postures.  when the scalenes get loaded with trigger points, they can create a myriad of symptoms including chest pain, numbness and tingling down to the fingers, even aching in the rhomboids.  In this one day workshop, students will learn symptoms and common causes of tension in the scalenes, clear anatomy of the muscle group, and effective treatment methods.




LMBT CE: Trigger Point Therapy for the Shoulder and Rotator Cuff – 13 CEs

October 27-28

Saturady, October 27th, 10am-6pm

Sunday, October 28th 9am-3pm

Cost: $250

How many clients come to see you with shoulder issues?  A lot!  The body has a brilliant system of muscles which act on, support, stabilize, and move the shoulder.  However, the flexibility of the shoulder joint means less stability, and the soft tissues around it are subject to a host of issues.  In this two day workshop, Cat will explain common injuries and postures which create pain and dysfunction in the shoulder and rotator cuff.  Students will learn the pain referral patterns of the shoulder girdle muscles, how to locate trigger points in these muscles, and effective techniques to release them.




NEW All classes supported by video demonstrations that you will have access to after the course.


In each of Cat’s classes you will be taught proper body mechanics.  Cat has been a massage therapist for 25 years because she learned early how to take care of her body.  She is a stickler for good body mechanics and will help you to feel your best as you work.  All classes also include instruction of self care practices for yourself as well as to pass along to your students.