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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

couples massage

Saturday, October 21, 2017
- 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

deep tissue professional massage

Saturdays & Sundays
November 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
32 CE Hours Register Now

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE & MYOFASCIAL RELEASE II

Instructor: Karen Gramberg

This four-day workshop is offered to students who have completed Deep Tissue & Myofascial Release Level I or have completed Modules 3 & 4 in the SFSM Massage Therapist program or have completed the Bodywork Therapist program.

Subjects will include: Specific treatments for the feet, ankles and legs including the abductors, IT band, knee, quadriceps and psoas muscles and treatments to address the rotators of the hip, and the diaphragm. Techniques for the back, arms, rotator cuff and chest, anterior and posterior thoracic outlet; fascia/muscles of the skull and external muscles associated with the TMJ. Soft tissue strategies and rehabilitation techniques for the injuries frequently encountered in a professional massage practice including common injuries to the ankle, knee, hamstrings, rotator cuff, tendonitis of the elbow and overuse injuries of the wrist.

Prerequisite: Completion of the Deep Tissue & Myofascial Release Level I workshop *or* completion of Modules 3 & 4 in the SFSM Massage Therapist program *or* completion of the Bodywork Therapist program. Bring two sheets to class. Tuition: $595.00 ($565.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

deep tissue pain point massage

Wednesdays
November 8 & 15, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

DYNAMIC STRETCHING & MOBILIZATION

Instructor: Eric Rubin

Our bodies were designed to move. Modern life, however, is increasingly sedentary, limiting our natural types and ranges of motion and creating restriction in our bodies. Traditionally, massage is performed on a passive, static body rather than actively involving the client on the table. This two day intensive workshop is designed to give the therapist practical tools for actively engaging their clients in the process of opening their bodies from within. Topics will include visual assessment, contract/relax, PNF, reciprocal inhibition and practice integrating these dynamic approaches into the Swedish massage format.

» Watch a video demonstration on Stretching & Mobilization!

No Prerequisite – Open to everyone! Bring two sheets to class and wear appropriate underclothes for visual assessment.
Tuition: $290.00 ($270.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

ayurveda scalp temple massage

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

CRANIAL-SACRAL THERAPY LEVEL II

Instructor: Eric Rubin

Craniosacral Therapy Level II takes the CS practitioner deeper into a detailed assessment of the cranial base and the many distortions and dysfunctions that can occur between the sphenoid bone and the occiput. Dr. Sutherland’s seven basic types of dysfunctions and the types of symptoms associated with each one will be introduced and students will gain competence working with specific corrections for each. Additionally, an intra-oral protocol for working with the hard palate (maxilla and palatine bones) will be covered with a detailed exploration of how the facial bones relate to the craniosacral system. The basic sequence from CS Level I will be reviewed and practiced to insure confidence and competence. Finally, full-body evaluation concepts will be shared and practiced for adults and basic assessment tools for working with babies and small children will be discussed and demonstrated. This class will take the CS practitioner on the important next step towards mastery.

Prerequisite: Cranial-Sacral Level I or instructor approval. Bring two sheets to class. Tuition: $290.00 ($270.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

deep tissue 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).

lymph neck massage

Friday & Saturday,
November 17 & 18, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

Advanced Neck Work I

Instructor: Marty Morales

This two day workshop will take students deep into the intricate structural relationships of the muscles and the vertebrae of the cervical spine, how form and function influence one another, and how massage can positively support these and improve these relationships.

Students will be given the skills to track down dysfunction in the cervical area and the techniques to work deeply and effectively with clients’ trouble spots in order to restore balance, relieve pain, and improve range of motion and overall function.

» Part of the Morales Method™ Certified Practitioner Program – Learn More!

Prerequisite: 250 hr massage training. Bring two sheets to class. Tuition: $290.00 ($270.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

spine shoulder massage

Sunday, November 19, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
8 CE Hours Register Now

ADVANCED NECK WORK II

Instructor: Marty Morales

This one day class continues with further spinal mechanics of the neck and addresses issues of the cervical spine namely, anterior shift and sideways curvature. Additionally, the practitioner will learn how to mobilize the Atlas and will learn how to employ MET techniques to release deeper muscles of the neck.

» Part of the Morales Method™ Certified Practitioner Program – Learn More!

Prerequisites: Advanced Neck Work OR Art Riggs’ Deep Tissue Massage I or II. Bring two sheets to class. Tuition: $150.00

relieving back pain

Saturday & Sunday
December 2 & 3, 2017
- 9am to 5pm
14 CE Hours Register Now

Introduction to Muscle Testing and Functional Anatomy

Instructor: Bob Gazso

This two-day 14 hour muscle testing class aims to make you a more effective and efficient therapist by giving you a much needed window into the neurology of the neuromuscular system.  A manual muscle test can quickly inform the practitioner of the nervous system’s ability to recruit a muscle or muscle pattern.  This is information that visual assessment and palpation skills cannot provide.  This added “neuro” component is an invaluable diagnostic tool that will help the practitioner quickly identify the areas of dysfunction and efficiently hone in on the area(s) of treatment.

Some of the most cutting-edge bodywork techniques require practitioners to have experience in manual muscle testing.  In addition to providing you with an essential diagnostic tool-kit, this course will also lay an essential foundation for therapists who want to focus their career on neuromuscular bodywork.

In the Intro to Muscle Testing and Functional Anatomy class, you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of muscle testing
  • Sharpen functional anatomical knowledge
  • Enhance palpation skills
  • Learn how muscles work in systems and “slings”
  • Understand the relationship between applied kinesiology and massage therapy/bodywork
  • Use manual muscle testing to better understand the interplay of stability and mobility in joints

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

thai intensive finger massage

Saturdays, Sundays & Friday
December 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10, 2017
- 9am to 5pm
35 CE Hours Register Now

ZEN SHIATSU

Instructor: Rachel Johnson

Principles of Zen Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine come together in this 35 hour meridian based shiatsu workshop. Eastern concepts of health and wellness include Yin/Yang and Five Element theories. Mindfulness, meditation and energy awareness exercises are integrated into the classes at every level.

At course completion, you will be able to give a complete shiatsu session addressing major meridians & organs; understand how to move from the Hara or energetic center; and take care of your own vitality and well-being through self-healing practices.

No prerequisite. No previous bodywork experience required! Tuition: $650.00 ($620.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

deep tissue massage

Saturday & Sunday
December 2 & 3, 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).
skull pain point diagram

Wednesday
December 6, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
8 CE Hours Register Now

WORKING WITH THE TMJ

Instructor: Eric Rubin

Commonly referred to as the TMJ, over 10 million Americans experience temporomandibular joint dysfunction from mild to totally disabling. Every time we bite down, chew food, talk, or swallow we activate the TMJ, making this one of the most active joints in the body. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of working with the temporomandibular joint and the muscles of mastication. Students will be instructed in a system for assessing and balancing the muscles involved in TMJ dysfunction, emphasizing locating and releasing trigger points, the anatomy of the TMJ, client self care techniques, and external and intra-oral hands-on techniques.

Prerequisite: 70 hours of massage training, trigger point training, or instructor permission.
Tuition: $150.00

professional reiki temple massage

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

REIKI FIRST DEGREE

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 – Open to Everyone! Bring two sheets to class. Tuition: $290.00 ($270.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

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.

San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork

School Campus
475 Valencia Street – 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-474-4600
Student Clinic
– Located at the School Campus
475 Valencia Street – 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-474-4600