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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.

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, April 29, 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 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

Thursday through Monday
May 4 - May 8, 2017
- 9am to 5pm
35 CE Hours Register Now

TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE – LEVEL I

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. Tuition: $650.00 $620.00 – early registration discount extended until May 3rd!

lymph

Saturday & Sunday
May 6 & 7, 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).

lower back massage

Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

RELIEVING LOW BACK PAIN I

Instructor: Marty Morales

Learn techniques used by:

  • *Orthopedic Assessment Models
  • *Osteopathic Soft Tissue work
  • *Osteopathic Spinal Mechanic Range of Motion Techniques

This 16 hour workshop covers technical assessment methods and sought after soft tissue techniques in a way that easily accessible for the massage therapist. Learn techniques to quickly assess and treat the majority of a client’s low back issues.

Derived from Osteopathic, Rolfing, and neuro-muscular techniques, you will learn:

  1. Evaluation tests to determine the current source of the pain
  2. Joint mobilization techniques that focus on the Lumbar and Pelvis
  3. Soft tissue techniques that will free a ‘stuck’ sacrum or low back
  4. Assessment techniques to determine areas of muscle imbalance and how to activate them through a neuro-muscular approach
  5. Exercises and Yoga asanas that help to tone and strengthen common weak areas to help your client retain the work

» Part of the Morales Method™ Certified Practitioner Program.

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

relieving back pain

Monday, May 8, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
8 CE Hours Register Now

RELIEVING LOW BACK PAIN II

Instructor: Marty Morales

The Relieving Low Back Pain II class is a continuation of the Relieving Low Back Pain I workshop. In this class you will receive further techniques to help bring your clients out of pain and further muscle energy techniques. In addition, we will work connective tissue restrictions around nerves (sciatic and subcutaneous nerves). More importantly, we will explore low back pain from a Structural Integration standpoint and ask the question: If low back is not being positively affected by just working the back, then where else would we need to work in order to help our client?

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

Prerequisite: Relieving Low Back Pain I workshop. Bring two sheets to class.Tuition: $150.00

sports massage

Saturday & Sunday
May 20 & 21, 2017
- Sat, 5/20 - 9am to 6pm
- Sun, 5/21 - 9am to 1pm
12 CE Hours Register Now

Working with Confidence: Sports Massage for the Shoulder Complex

Instructor: Sharon Oshita

In this info packed 2-day workshop, students will learn the basic skills of conducting a thorough evaluation of the shoulder complex while at the same time developing confidence in recognizing the differential diagnoses of shoulder injuries. The student will also gain a thorough understanding of the stages of tissue healing and the appropriate approaches of massage therapy to an injury in each stage.

Additionally, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the stages of tissue healing and appropriate care during each phase
  • Gain specific insight into the myriad of common shoulder injuries
  • Learn steps to evaluate and differentiate problems btwn muscles, bone, joints, etc.
  • Gain a mastery of the anatomy of the shoulder complex
  • Participate in hands-on practice of appropriate approaches in care, including special tests of the shoulder and mini case studies

Prerequisite: 100-hr previous massage training or instructor approval. Bring one sheet to class and wear loose workout or athletic type attire.
Tuition: $240.00 ($220.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

Thursdays, June 1 & 8, 2017 / 6pm to 9:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays, June 3, 4, 10 & 11, 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
June 3 & 4, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

ORTHO-BIONOMY© / LOWER EXTREMITIES ‘STRUCTURE GOVERNS FUNCTION’

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. Learn LOWER EXTREMITIES Release Techniques that are: Incredibly Effective for Pain Relief and Joint Mobility Fast- within 10-30 seconds Easy and Fun to Learn and Use New and Different Tools To Use for the: Knee Patella Femur head Ankle Tibia/Fibula All the bones of the Feet Painless for the Client and Practitioner

» 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).

deep tissue massage

Monday through Friday, June 5 - 9, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
40 CE Hours Register Now

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION: MORALES METHOD® CORE INTEGRATION 1

Instructor: Marty Morales

Gain a working model, classically called Structural Integration, that sees the client as a whole and not just a sum of their parts and take your career to the next paradigm.

In this five day course you will learn this beautiful blend of ART and SCIENCE:

  1. Learn a distinct form of Structural Integration that has branched out from the work of Ida P. Rolf
  2. Learn the science and the art that leads to body reading in movement and is used by Morales Method® Core Integration Therapists
  3. Learn about ‘The Order of Complexity’, a Kinesiology concept and how it leads to specific palpation and myo-fascial techniques
  4. Learn how to create a series of sessions and a single Structural Integration session and experience its effect in class
  5. Includes the book, “Core Integration Therapy – A Unique Approach to Structural Integration Bodywork”

Prerequisite: 250 hrs massage training. Bring one sheet and a pair of shorts and sports bra to class. Tuition: $725.00 ($685.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

relieving back pain

Saturday
June 10, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
8 CE Hours Register Now

SI Joint I: Evaluation

Instructor: Sharon Oshita

This 1-Day class will cover sacroiliac joint dysfunction which is a common culprit in low back pain! You will learn basic mechanics of the pelvis and sacroiliac joint, along with understanding the various ways it may be presenting itself to your clients. You will also learn quick and effective ways to evaluate and correct imbalances that may be contributing to low back pain that you will be able to apply to your work immediately!

Prerequisite: 100 hours massage training or instructor approval. Bring one sheet to class and wear loose workout or athletic type attire.
Tuition: $150.00

lower back massage

Sunday
June 11, 2017
- 9am to 6pm
8 CE Hours Register Now

SI Joint II: Soft Tissue Work

Instructor: Sharon Oshita

This 1-Day class will take the SI JOINT I: EVALUATION workshop one step further looking at the soft tissue and musculature associated with the pelvis and sacrum. Consideration on how the muscles and other soft tissue structures may be effecting the dysfunction of the SI joint. Hands-on practice will be performed to get the most effective results in helping to relieve low back pain and sacroiliac joint dysfunction in our clients.

Prerequisite: SI Joint I:Evaluation workshop. Bring one sheet to class and wear loose workout or athletic type attire.
Tuition: $150.00

morales method

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).

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).

shoulder massage

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

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE & MYOFASCIAL RELEASE I

Instructor: Karen Gramberg

More than just “hard” massage, our Deep Tissue I workshop introduces myofascial therapy techniques to supplement basic massage skills to work effectively with localized tensions, injury and emotional holding patterns. This extended 4 day class is designed to be immediately incorporated with present massage skills to allow you to work deeply, safely and with ease. This class also includes instruction in range of motion and palpation techniques.

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.

San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork

Main Campus
475 Valencia Street -3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-474-4600

Massage Lab

Student Clinic
2973 16th St. Ste. 100
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-660-7727