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August 2, 2021

Navigating San Francisco: Tricks and Tips for Getting to School

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Your preparations for any big endeavor will ultimately influence your success. Choosing to go to school to become a massage therapist is no exception. It requires that you set yourself up to succeed by planning out all the things that need to happen for you to be in class on time and mentally prepared to…

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July 14, 2021

Why Learning Deep Tissue Massage Is Important

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One of the most popular styles of massage today is deep tissue massage. Aside from Swedish massage, deep tissue massage is probably the most requested massage technique. Because of its popularity, nearly all spas, clinics, and independent massage therapists offer deep tissue on their menu. It is for this reason that the San Francisco School…

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May 26, 2021

7 Key Techniques for Massage Therapists

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The world of massage therapy has many techniques that can be used to provide a client with a massage that is tailored to their specific needs. The human body is intricate and complex, making the job of a massage therapist a technical one. To effectively release stress and tension to help the client attain the…

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April 26, 2021

Six Questions Every Student Should Ask When Choosing a Massage Therapy School

Choosing which school to attend is a big decision no matter what you want to learn, but there are certain questions every potential massage therapy student should be asking. Not all massage educations are equal. We asked (and answered) six questions that every student should ask and every massage school should have a good answer…

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February 19, 2021

Why Continuing Education Is Important for Massage Therapists

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Becoming a massage therapist requires that you learn and practice a lot of different techniques and modalities. Becoming a massage therapist means you will have to learn about the human body, how it reacts to stress and tension, and ways to release and prevent future strains and injuries. There is a lot of learning that…

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September 7, 2020

What’s the Difference Between a Massage Therapy License and Certification?

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A question we get a lot here at the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork is, “What is the difference between a certification and a license?” In the world of massage therapy, people often use the words licensed and certified interchangeably. While each term represents the involvement of local government in the regulation of…

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June 6, 2020

DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipes for Massage Therapists

Do It Yourself Hand Sanitizer: In the era of Covid-19, hand cleaning and sanitation is a vital part of self-care. Clean hands are especially vital for massage therapists and while many of us were already accustomed to washing and sanitizing our hands regularly for work, with coronavirus in play, we’re likely doing it all the…

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December 15, 2019

SFSM Origins: Sarah Partos, Assistant Director, CMT

As part of our 50th anniversary, we’re delving into the stories of our indispensable staff to learn more about them and how they came to be a part of the school. This entry is from Assistant Director, Sarah Partos, CMT. Anyone who has attended SFSM in the last few years knows that Sarah is an…

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August 8, 2019


It’s an undeniable fact that every body is different. Even though we are all composed of more or less the same stuff, we are all put together a bit differently and each of us ask our bodies to do different things for us. Some of us run, others swim, and some do little physical activity…

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June 8, 2019

Prenatal Massage and Why You Should Learn It

Prenatal massage, also known as pregnancy massage, is a modality of massage specifically geared to address the myriad changes that take place in the bodies of mothers-to-be. It provides the general benefits of massage therapy while also introducing some benefits specific to pregnant women. Once regarded somewhat dubiously as a risky modality, modern research has…

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San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork

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475 Valencia Street – 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Student Clinic
– Located at the 16th Street Campus
2973 16th St., Ste 100 – Ground Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103