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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

pregnancy postpartum massage

Saturdays & Sundays
February 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2019
- 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.
sports deep tissue massage

Saturday & Sunday
March 16 & 17, 2019
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

ORTHO-BIONOMY© / UPPER EXTREMITIES

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).

professional back massage

Saturday & Sunday
April 13 & 14, 2019
- 9am to 6pm
16 CE Hours Register Now

ORTHO-BIONOMY© / SUBTLE PHYSICAL & ENERGETIC RELEASES

Instructor: Jim Berns

Ready to move your practice to a whole other level of sensitivity and releases? Bridging the gap of the body and the mind, the physical and the emotions, and the conscious mind and the nervous system, allows our work to go even more deeply within our clients and ourselves. I am excited to watch how this information gives you the tools and skills to assess and release even deeper holding patterns in your clients, and gaining more awareness of your own body in the process.

The Subtle Physical and Energetic Releases- Phase 5 Ortho-Bionomy Class provides you with the sensitivity, awareness and palpation skills to engage the client’s physical and energetic body. You Will Learn To:

  • Feel and follow the client’s inner movements to help them unwind their patterns.
  • Use specific techniques to bring balance to your client’s body: physically and energetically.
  • Develop more sensitivity in your hands and your whole body to be able to feel more ways to release your client’s holding patterns.
  • Work distally from a point to release the body more fully.
  • Barely move their body, yet release contractions deeply, easily, and with little effort.

For many of you, this will bring you to the next level of the work that you have been studying in Ortho-Bionomy. For others, it will be the beginning of a whole other world of subtle work.

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

The Subtle Physical and Energetic Releases- Phase 5 Class is a prerequisite for much of the advanced work in Ortho-Bionomy.
Tuition: $310.00 ($290.00 if registered 2 weeks in advance).

couples massage

Saturday, April 20, 2019
- 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 a snack 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

foot massage

Saturday, April 20, 2019
- 1:30pm to 5pm
3.5 CE Hours Register Now

Reflexology

Instructor:

Reflexology is a non-invasive manual technique that helps support the body’s natural healing process. By applying pressure to specific points on the hands and feet reflexology aids in the reduction of tension and stress, promotes relaxation, aids in the detoxification process and helps improve circulation. According to the National Reflexology Board, “These techniques stimulate the complex neural pathways linking body systems, supporting the body’s efforts to function optimally.” Reflexology has been proven to help with migraines, digestive disorders, PMS, hypertension, post-operative pain, sinus congestion, and pain and anxiety associated with cancer and cancer treatments.

This class will focus on foot reflexology for clients, family, and friends, and hand reflexology for self-care. This class is open to the general public, students of massage therapy, and any person interested in learning reflexology for themselves or others. The purpose of this class is to educate and empower people to take care of themselves, each other, and their clients using the reflexology technique.

Students will learn:

What reflexology is and how it works;

Anatomy of the human foot and bony landmarks to help identify reflexology points;

Proper technique for reflexology and relaxation techniques;

A reflexology protocol to be used as a mini session or a fluid add-on in a massage session;

What areas to address for specific conditions and dis-ease in the body.

No prior experience or prerequisite needed. Open to everyone!
Tuition: $90.00

Saturday & Sunday,
April 27 & 28, 2019
- 9am to 5pm (5:45pm on Sat)
14 CE Hours Register Now

Cadaver Lab w/ Advanced Functional Anatomy

Instructor: Bob Gazso

With Bob Gazso, M.S., CMT, along with Dr. Pamela McBride and Paul Chmigelski, CMT

This highly anticipated Cadaver Lab with Advanced Functional Anatomy class will consist of half cadaver lab led by a physician/surgeon and half functional anatomy taught by two of the top clinical massage therapists in the Bay Area. This advanced anatomy course will be focused on Thomas Myer’s Anatomy Trains, which are systems of muscles that function together.

Our team of instructors includes Pamela McBride, MD who will instruct the cadaver dissection. SFSM Instructor Bob Gazso M.S., CMT and massage therapist Paul Chmigelski, CMT, who both specialize in working as clinical bodyworkers, will discuss the practical application of the anatomy presented based upon their combined 40 years of experience.

We will be using lecture, PowerPoint, use of clay on 2.5 foot skeletons plus working with cadavers in the lab of a chiropractic college!

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop will be conducted at Life Chiropractic College West,  25001 Industrial Blvd, Hayward, CA.

Prerequisite: Completion of Mods 1 and 2 of SFSM’s Massage Therapist Program or 300 hrs of equivalent massage coursework. Tuition: $575.00

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