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CE Workshops

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 and all workshop courses are approved by the NCBTMB.

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

massage chair

Saturday & Sunday
January 20 & 21, 2018
- 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).
morales method professional massage

Sunday, January 21, 2018
- 9am to 6pm
8 CE Hours Register Now

Body Mechanics for Injury Prevention

Instructor: Marty Morales
Knowing how to use your body effectively, efficiently, and safely while performing bodywork can make the difference between a rewarding career and one filled with frustration, injury, and burnout.
This 8 hour workshop is meant to give bodyworkers not just the tools they need to perform either a Swedish or Deep Tissue massage with better body mechanics, but it will also introduce them to a concept that is rarely brought in body mechanics education, the mind-body connection. We will cover techniques but more importantly lay down a foundation of firm understanding as to why we go into improper body mechanics in the first place.
This class is based on the book, “Mastering Body Mechanics” and will cover the following topics:

• The physiological, psychological, and cultural aspects of body mechanics
• Awareness exercises to understand the Newtonian aspects of body mechanics
• Effective, efficient, and safe body mechanic techniques for Swedish, Deep Tissue, and seated massage

Experience some great work and camaraderie with fellow students and learn how proper body mechanics can help expand your practice. This workshop is ideal for massage practitioners at all levels of expertise, body structure, and abilities.

» Part of the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program – Learn More!

Prerequisite: 70-hrs massage training. Bring two sheets to class. Tuition: $150.00 (Price includes “Mastering Body Mechanics” book)

pregnancy postpartum massage

Saturdays & Sundays
Jan 27 & 28, Feb 3 & 4, 2018
- 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.
shoulder massage

Monday through Thursday
February 5 - 8, 2018
- 9am to 6pm
32 CE Hours Register Now

Medical Massage

Instructor: Marty Morales
The Medical Massage Series covers four common musculoskeletal conditions: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Knee and Sprained Ankle issues, Frozen Shoulder, and TMJ disorders/Headaches.
In this four day course, the student will learn tried and true techniques used by advanced professionals that have helped get clients out of pain. You will learn valuable assessment and pathology knowledge, myofascial techniques, and effective muscle energy techniques. Instead of just learning one technique for these conditions, with the Morales Method you will be exposed to the most effective modalities.
» Part of the Morales Method® Pain Specialist Program.

Prerequisite: 250 hours of previous massage training.
Tuition: $580.00 ($550.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

couples massage

Saturday, February 10, 2018
- 10am to 3pm
CE Hours Register Now

Massage For Couples

Instructor: Sarah Partos

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

lower back massage

Saturday & Sunday
February 17 & 18, 2018
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

ORTHO-BIONOMY© / Spine and Pelvis

Instructor: Jim Berns

Ortho-Bionomy is a unique body therapy. It uses gentle and comfortable positioning of the clients body to facilitate the release of pain and tension. It is incredibly effective for those “hard-to-release” places in the body. Ortho-Bionomy is completely painless for the client AND for the practitioner. It deeply integrates the mind / body connection. Fun and easy to learn, Ortho-Bionomy has wide practical application and can be used with any client. Previous students rave about this workshop and Jim’s teaching.

**Part of the Ortho-Bionomy Associate Training Program**

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

sports deep tissue massage

Saturday & Sunday
March 24 & 25, 2018
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now


Instructor: Jim Berns

Ortho-Bionomy uses Osteopathic-based gentle body positions and movements to stimulate the self-correcting reflexes within the muscles and nerves. These responses can move the client out of pain and discomfort within 10-30 seconds. This method is very specific and structure-oriented.

‘Structure Governs Function’ is an Osteopathic principle that works with the understanding that when the muscular-skeletal system is balanced properly the functioning (blood, nerve, emotions, meridian) of the body will flow more efficiently. In this class, you will learn Upper Extremities Techniques and releases for: Shoulders Scapula Elbows Wrist Clavicle All the bones of the hand We will also look at patterns of tension that begin in the hands and forearms and travel up into the shoulders and neck. We will examine the reflexive tension pattern of overusing your thumbs in your practice that affect your own neck, shoulders and back.

» 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).

San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork

School Campus
475 Valencia Street – 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Student Clinic
– Located at the School Campus
475 Valencia Street – 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103