Oklahoma City, OK, May 10, 2012 –(PR.com)–Renowned author, educator and therapist Erik Dalton, Ph.D., was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 American Massage Conference at the ONE Concept Gala banquet for his decades of service and innovation in the industry.

Beginning his work as a certified Rolfer® in the early 1980s, Dalton saw a need for a more integrative pain-management technique. Postgraduate seminars with the legendary Philip Greenman at MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine sparked a passion to wed deep tissue, joint mobilization and the work of Vladimir Janda. After finding this approach enormously useful in relieving client pain, Dalton decided to share his methods with the rest of the bodywork community.

In 1998, Erik Dalton created one of the industry’s first nationally approved home-study courses titled Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques. Surprised by the overwhelming popularity, Dalton founded a teaching facility licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools and named it the Freedom From Pain Institute.

Today, his “Complete Myoskeletal Library” of DVDs, books and home-study programs continues to be a top-selling educational supplement for massage, sports and structural integration therapists. His creative and intuitive technique in assessing and treating the human body has spread worldwide through his teachings and those few he has chosen as certified myoskeletal instructors. His passion for touch therapy is beautifully summed up in a famous quote by an unknown author that simply states, “Truly educated never graduate.”

The highly attended 2012 American Massage Conference in conjunction with the Make a Wish Foundation recognized Dalton at the ONE Concept Gala banquet in San Diego, California, April 21, 2012. Visit www.Erikdalton.com for more information about the event, as well as workshops, conferences and continuing education home-study courses.