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Continuing Education Workshops

Our continuing education workshops are primarily geared for the massage therapist wanting to hone their skills and learn new techniques. Additionally, we offer workshops in a variety of techniques and interests designed for those with little or no prior massage training. We are a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) Approved CE Provider, and all our continuing education workshops are crafted with the greatest care by SFSM educators and the school director. Our CE classes cover a wide range of subjects from Reiki attunements to Deep Tissue massage.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To reserve your space, payment in full or a nonrefundable $50 deposit* is required. The remaining balance of the workshop tuition must be paid in full two (2) days prior to the start of class. Please follow the appropriate link below to register online or feel free to call the school at 415-474-4600.

Cancellation Policy

If you have registered for a workshop and need to cancel, you must do so a week or more prior to the start of class to receive a full refund or credit minus the $50 nonrefundable deposit*. If you cancel less than one week prior to your scheduled workshop, you will receive credit only minus the $50 non-refundable deposit*. There will be no refund or credit for no shows or day-of-workshop cancellations.

*Workshop deposits are non-refundable under any circumstance.

Available Workshops

morales method professional massage

Saturday & Sunday
June 24 & 25, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

Morales Method® Core Integration Movement – Movement Education Level 1

Instructor: Marty Morales

This 16-hour workshop trains the student to understand how their bodies may be dealing with restrictions in their bodies, how to resolve them and move towards more functional movement by applying movement education.

For students who are movement practitioners (Certified Athletic Trainers, Personal Trainers, Yoga teachers, Pilates Instructors, etc.) this way of working may help them reach their clients from an approach rooted in the practice called Structural Integration (first created by Ida P. Rolf). For students who are massage therapists and bodyworkers, this work adds an effective dimension to make sure the structural work they perform is more successfully retained by the client. All training is done in a way that ensures bodyworkers stay within their scope of practice.

You will learn:

  • The philosophy of Structural Integration within Morales Method® Core Integration Movement
  • Understanding how muscle weakness plays a part in muscle phasic/tonic dysfunction
  • In-depth level of body reading, muscle testing, and assessment skills in movement to figure out areas of dysfunction
  • Movement exercises (without weights or resistance bands) that are tailored to specific areas to bring about connective tissue functionality
  • How the Order of Complexity influences the protocol used on a client

No prerequisite required.  Open to all skill levels!  Some experience in movement education preferred but not required. Tuition: $290.00 ($270.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

massage chair

Saturday & Sunday
July 8 & 9, 2017
- 9:30am to 6:30pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

Chair Massage & On-Site Bodywork

Instructor: Frank Lopez

Presented by Frank Lopez, CMT, this two-day workshop covers virtually every aspect of chair massage, beginning with literal and liberal hands-on practice and ending with an understanding of how to harness its powerful revenue-generating potential. Once thought of solely as a practice building tool, chair massage is a leading income producer in the world of massage, with many opportunities for entry-level practitioners and seasoned-professionals alike.

A wonderful bonus of this training will be supervised work on non-students, who will come to our class with the myriad of compromises one works upon in the real world. Real work on real people, giving you the skills to put those hands-on talents to real work immediately.

Although the focus will be on practical skills for corporate chair massage gigs, during this workshop students will learn techniques for addressing virtually the entire body in their chair. Participants will learn specific strokes, stretches, deep work, and body mechanics specifically for application on the chair. In addition, we will cover client communication as well as look at a variety of chairs available for purchase. The ample hands-on time offers students the opportunity to explore fully and gain confidence with the techniques presented.

Students of Frank’s previous workshops have joined him working with clients such as GEIKO, Clorox, Bechtel, Jones Lang LaSalle Commercial Realty, Ketchum PR, the City of Colma, UCSF Medical Center, and Razorfish Advertising. They have provided chair massage for corporate wellness and employee rewards programs, as well as at company holiday parties, conventions , health fairs and private home-based celebrations.

Prerequisite: A understanding of fundamental relaxation massage strokes recommended.

Tuition: $290.00 ($270.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).
professional reiki temple massage

Saturday & Sunday
July 15 & 16, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

Ortho-Bionomy© / Advanced Energy Techniques

Instructor: Jim Berns
We are more than our muscles and bones. We are our energy, emotions, and all the experiences that have led us to this moment. How would it feel to connect to all of who we are?
Advanced Energy (Phase 6) Ortho-Bionomy provides you with the awareness and sensitivity that all around us and through us: our bones, muscles, and organs, there is energy. When we make contact with this energy in our clients and ourselves, we feel recognized and can respond at a deeper level. This level of Ortho-Bionomy can allow our clients to experience themselves profoundly, physically and energetically.
In This Class You Will:

  • Learn to make contact with more of your client’s essence: Physically, Emotionally, and Energetically.
  • Help your clients discover even deeper places of quietness and relief that will surprise them and you.
  • Fine-tune the energy of your own body in order to release your client’s tensions.
  • Amaze your clients by how little it takes from you to release their pain.
  • Have practical applications of integrating energy into your practice

The skills and sensitivity gained from this class can be used throughout your practice with any modality that you use.

The Phase 6 Class is a required class for the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International Associate, Registered Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Programs.

**Part of the Ortho-Bionomy Associate Training Program – Learn More!**

No Prerequisite. Bring two sheets.
Tuition: $310.00 ($290.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

ayurveda scalp temple massage

Saturday & Sunday
July 15 & 16, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now


Instructor: Eric Rubin

Reiki is an ancient healing system with roots in Tibetan Buddhism. Reiki mobilizes the body’s innate healing abilities through a laying-on of hands and channeling of universal life force energy. For the bodyworker, clinician or anyone interested in hands-on healing, Reiki is a powerful, nurturing and non-invasive approach, which heals by restoring balance and harmony in the body. Reiki combines well with other techniques or can be used as a stand alone technique. Workshop includes the history of Reiki, all Reiki I attunements, and traditional hand positions and techniques.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop will be conducted at Dr. Rubin’s office, North Point Chiropractic: 965 North Point St., San Francisco, CA

No Prerequisite. Bring two sheets to class. Tuition: $290.00 ($270.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

professional shoulder massage

Saturdays & Sundays
July 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
32 CE Hours Register Now


Instructor: Karen Gramberg

Deep Tissue Level I workshop introduces Myofascial techniques to work effectively with localized tension, injuries, and chronic holding patterns. The course is designed to allow these techniques to be immediately incorporated with present massage skills and allow massage therapists to work deeply, safely and with ease.

In addition to techniques, the class will explore and develop a deeper understanding of body mechanics, evaluation skills, and therapeutic style. Learn to work safely and confidently with deep restrictions and common postural patterns. Examine practitioners’ personal body mechanics to reduce the chance of injury, strain, or fatigue while working.

The class format is discussion, demonstration, and hands-on exchange between students. Some specific topics to be covered in class are as follows:

  • Proper use of knuckles, fist, forearm, fingers, and elbow
  • Application of stroke strategies, such as anchor and stretch, and compartment separation
  • Assessment Principles: Movement, palpation and body-reading
  • Learning to differentiate and work with different layers of the body
  • Exploration of how to incorporate a structural approach to therapeutic massage

Prerequisite: 100-hr massage training. Bring two sheets to class.
Tuition: $595.00 ($565.00 if registered two weeks in advance). As a bonus, participants will receive Art Riggs’ “Deep Tissue Manual: A Visual Guide to Techniques”

pregnancy postpartum massage

Saturdays & Sundays
August 5, 6, 12 & 13, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
32 CE Hours Register Now

Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage

Instructor: Leah Kennedy

In this 4-day intensive class you will learn the basic physiological and anatomical processes of pregnancy and postpartum. Students will learn to create safe and comfortable prenatal positioning, technique, contraindications and modifications of your existing hands on skills and labor massage. We will also address specific musculoskeletal concerns such as low back pain, as well as edema, leg cramps and shortness of breath.

Prerequisite: 70 hours of previous massage training.
Tuition: $595.00 ($565.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance). Price includes “Comprehensive guide to pre and peri-natal Massage Therapy” by Carole Osborn Sheets.
couples massage

Saturday, August 19, 2017
- 10am to 3pm
CE Hours Register Now

Massage For Couples

Instructor: Jeff Ford

Our extremely popular Couples Massage class instructs students in the basic principles and techniques of massage therapy for sharing with friends and family. By focusing on two to three different areas of the body, students receive multiple techniques to explore and expand upon at home. Nearly all hands-on practice, this fun class is a wonderful way to spend a morning with your partner or pal while learning to find knots and relax overworked muscles. Just bring yourselves and we’ll take care of the rest!

**Please bring a light lunch/snack**

No Prerequisite. Open to everyone! PLEASE NOTE: This class is NOT appropriate for pregnant women to participate in. Tuition: $180.00 per pair

thai intensive hand massage

Thursday through Monday
September 7 - 11, 2017
- 9am to 5pm
35 CE Hours Register Now


Instructor: Rachel Johnson

Northern Style Nuad Bo Rarn is taught in close approximation to current teaching available in Thailand. This 35-hour intensive course provides students with the skills to perform a basic 90-minute Thai Massage treatment in traditional style. Bodywork skills are built up in a step-by-step fashion with plenty of practice and time for review and refinement. Body mechanics, awareness of placement, use of breath and relaxation are integrated into the practice at every level, as is the importance of learning through receiving. In addition, there are lectures on the medical theory, cultural background and history of Thai massage. Participation in daily Thai healing ceremonies completes the experience of traditional training in this unique healing art.

No prerequisite – open to everyone! Tuition: $650.00 ($620.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

relieving back pain

Saturday & Sunday
September 9 & 10, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

ORTHO-BIONOMY© / Exploration of Movement

Instructor: Jim Berns

Movement in the client’s body can tell us so much about where they are open and flexible and where they are holding old patterns of injuries and restrictions.

In the hands-on Ortho-Bionomy EXPLORATION OF MOVEMENT Class we will be adding movement as an additional tool to help our clients be more open, pain-free, and flexible. The hands-on Exploration of Movement Class gives you techniques and develops your sensitivity of moving the body on the table to evaluate where deeper blockages are, use hands-on movements to release the blockages, integrate at a very deep level in the body, and so much more.

In this Class, You Will Learn To:

  • Use Movement to Evaluate where restrictions are in your client’s body
  • Use very specific Movements to Release their Tension and Holding Patterns
  • Use Movement to Give Your Client a Deeper Experience of their own boundaries and edges
  • Use Movement to Create an Incredibly Fluid Flowing Treatment

One of the principles of Exploration of Movement is that certain muscle contractions and trauma are created through different kinds of movements – an accident, an emotional trauma, or a repetitive motion. We use gentle and painless hands-on movements to release that specific contraction or trauma. The body recognizes the movement and releases the contractions.

» Part of the Ortho-Bionomy Associate Training Program – Learn More!

No Prerequisite. Bring two sheets to class.
Tuition: $310.00 ($290.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

deep tissue massage

Saturday & Sunday
October 21 & 22, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

ORTHO-BIONOMY© / Ethics and Emotional Issues

Instructor: Jim Berns

How does it work, that when you are clear within yourself and with your clients about your own integrity, emotional responses, and boundaries, that this allows your work to go even deeper?

In the Ortho-Bionomy / Ethics and Emotional Issues class we will journey into the experiential discovery of how being clear within our body and our emotions can allow us to be better practitioners.

Within this 2 day Class You Will Learn To:

  1. Establish and maintain your own boundaries and grounding with appropriate flexibility.
  2. Practice where in our body we feel our center and core, how we can get thrown off center, and how to return to center in a more strong and solid place with integrity and respect.
  3. Know your skills, limitations, and blind spots.
  4. Embody the work in and out of session.
  5. Develop a response within yourself that maintains your core philosophy.
The skills and sensitivity gained from this class can be used throughout your practice with any modality that you use.
The Ethics & Emotional Issues class is a required class for the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International Associate, Registered Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Programs.» Part of the Ortho-Bionomy Associate Training Program – Learn More!

No Prerequisite. Bring two sheets to class.
Tuition: $310.00 ($290.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

lymph neck massage

Saturday & Sunday
November 11 & 12, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

Lymph Basics & Postoperative Massage

Instructor: Lucy Rush

The lymph is a fluid transport system that is essential to our body’s immune response, health and wellbeing. This workshop is about developing a light touch and learning to palpate and recognize lymphatic movement. The first day will introduce you to the basics of lymphatic massage and the second day will focus on integrating these techniques into a hands-on Swedish session. These skills will help you to individualize your clients’ sessions and a range of conditions from simple colds to sprains and post operative swelling.

Prerequisite: 70-hrs massage training. Bring two sheets to class. Tuition: $290.00 ($270.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork

Main Campus
475 Valencia Street -3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Massage Lab

Student Clinic
2973 16th St. Ste. 100
San Francisco, CA 94103