CE Schedule

2017 Continuing Education Schedule

“The energy at your school as I walked in the door was just what I have been searching for –
an energy full of life and vigor, eager to embrace others in learning and life.”

Veronica Hernandez, Continuing Education student

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September

Intro to the Sentient Body September 22 (Fri)
Instructor: Lisa Marks, MA, LMHC
Date: September 22 (Fri)
Hours: 3
Price: $60 Regular; $54 Early Bird (by August 22,2017)
Time: 6-9pm
Course Description:

“Every time you ignore sentient, that is generally unrecognized, dreamlike perceptions, something inside you goes into a mild form of shock because you have overlooked the spirit of life, your greatest potential power.” Arnold Mindell

Subtle sensations in the body open us to the deep, unbroken wholeness from which all experience arises. Through Sentient Awareness, a finely-tuned transpersonal awareness that picks up slight somatic experiences, we discover that the tiniest events can lead to deep and transforming moments.

Exploring our physical bodies reveals information essential to our life path, information that may later appear in dreams, relationships, body symptoms and life events. In this introductory workshop we interact with subtle body experiences through small and/or large movements, energy sketches and simple words to translate their messages into our daily world.  Short discussions, inner work exercises and demonstrations touch into different levels of reality as we learn to recognize communications from the “spirit of life” in our bodies, and in our personal and professional practices.

LIsa MarksInstructor: Lisa Marks MA LMHC is a psychotherapist and Process Work Associate in practice since 1987 providing consultation, coaching and Sentient Body sessions. She has studied with Drs. Arny and Amy Mindell, founders of Process Work Psychology, for over 25 years. Lisa developed the Sentient Body material out of her exploration of Process Work, Authentic Movement, Soul Motion, Ecopsychology and other spiritual and movement practices. She divides her time between the remote woods and waters of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington where she takes her movement practice to the trees and beaches. She loves reading and writing poetry, gardening and performing with Yesango Marimba Ensemble in Port Townsend, WA. For more information, visit www.sentientbody.com and www.sentientbody.com/lisa.html. Lisa can be reached at (360) 385-7760 or lisa@sentientbody.com.

“You are an inspiration!  The process you led us through and the experience I had are still with me and I find myself calling on it at random moments.  It is a help to have a tangible experience on an intangible understanding.” – Lindy Brooking MA LMHC, Port Townsend, WA

Teaching Adult Learners: A Course for Massage Instructors Sept 22 (Fri) (also offered July 22 and Aug 19)
Instructor: Deirdre Markham. M.A.
Date: Sept 22 (Fri) (also offered July 22 and Aug 19)
Hours: 8 hours
Price: $160 Regular/$144 Early Bird (by Aug 22, 2017)
Time: 9am-6pm Friday
Course Description:

(PLEASE NOTE: This course meets the NEW CE requirements for NM RMTIs!)  Let’s have fun and really learn something with the new CE requirement for instructors! This course designed for massage instructors focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are fundamental to adult learners. Through individual and group activities, we will review selected adult learning theories, learning styles, and best practices for course design.  Participants will have opportunities to actively engage in discussion and self-reflection around their own experiences as adult learners and teachers. The goal is to support instructors in understanding basic principles to consider when teaching adult learners.

Deirdre Markham is a life-long learner who completed her M.A. in adult learning and education in 2015 at the University of New Mexico. A registered massage therapist in Texas, Deirdre moved to New Mexico in 2006 and continued her studies in intuitive and energetic complementary care at the Santa Fe School of Massage through the Healing Presence trainings as both a participant and assistant. She is passionate about supporting clients to connect to their inner knowing and live in wholeness and well-being. She is subtle energy complementary practitioner and Reiki master who lives in Albuquerque with her husband, cat, and dog (Peter, Kesha, and Cassius).

Be BodyWise: Know Your Brain –The New Science of Interpersonal Neurobiology September 23-24 (Sat - Sun)
Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
Date: September 23-24 (Sat - Sun)
Hours: 12 hours
Price: $240 Regular; $216 Early Bird (by August 23)
Time: 10am - 5pm
Course Description:

The latest neuroscientific research shows that our brains are genetically hard-wired for connection and attachment. The resonating capacity of our brain and nervous system enables us to intuit and feel each other.

Feeling “felt” is a profound experience of safety and trust, which forms the basis of psychological and physical well-being. Thus the quality of the therapeutic relationship is as crucial a healing agent as the quality of the actual massage treatment. The cultivation of attunement and empathy, rooted in our system of mirror neurons, plays a major role in supporting our clients’ healing.

We will study the basic building blocks and function of the brain with focus on the “relational brain” and the nervous system, the flow between body and brain, and how we can utilize this knowledge in our professional practice as well as our personal life. We will apply principles of interpersonal neurobiology including empathy, mindfulness and relationship as healing tools in our work. In a playful way we will delve into body/brain experiences that will help us to deepen the connection to ourselves and others and promote a vital and inspired exchange with our clients.

silviacloseup-1Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060 has been addressing the body-mind-soul connection in her private practice “Interactive Bodytherapy” for the past 20 years. She has been teaching organic movement and Pilates in her own studio. Silvia holds a certificate in interpersonal neurobiology, somatics and action methods from Southwestern College. In her work, she embraces the whole person by including the psychological, mental and physical aspects of health and well-being.

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Techniques September 23-24 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: David M. Lang, LMT, MTPT, RMTI-I #0197
Date: September 23-24 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 14
Price: $292 Regular; $264 Early Bird (by August 23) (includes supplies)
Time: 9am-5pm
Course Description:

In this 2-day course, you will learn the Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial massage release. AIS is a type of athletic stretching technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups. More importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes. Many experts have advocated that stretching should last up to 60 seconds. However, prolonged static stretching actually decreases the blood flow within the tissue creating localized ischemia and lactic acid build-up. These stretches, which are held no longer than 2 seconds, provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma.

You will also learn David’s ten-minute stretch program. This program was designed to be performed at work or at home in a small space. A combination of twelve easy-to-learn movements developed from a dance background for real people.

David LangInstructor: David M. Lang, LMT, MTPT, RMTI-I #0197 is a former Dance and Movement teacher and New York City performer. He sat on the Workers Compensation Association Board of New Mexico, has been the President of the American Massage Therapy Association NM Chapter, and was appointed by former Governor Gary Johnson to sit as a Member of the New Mexico Massage Therapy Licensing Board. David is certified and practices myotherapy, visceral/neuro manipulation, lymphatic drainage, oncology massage, Active Isolated Stretching and is well-versed in many energy healing techniques. David is the Director of Advanced Manual Therapies at the UNM Center for Life, Preventive & Integrative Medicine Specialty Clinic.

IN TAOS! Practitioner’s Guide to the Sentient Body September 30, 2017 (Sat)
Instructor: Lisa Marks, MA, LMHC
Date: September 30, 2017 (Sat)
Hours: 6
Price: $120 Regular; $108 Early Bird (by August 30, 2017)
Time: 10am-5pm
Course Description:

“Every time you ignore sentient, that is generally unrecognized, dreamlike perceptions, something inside you goes into a mild form of shock because you have overlooked the spirit of life, your greatest potential power.” Arnold Mindell

We seldom pay attention to slow and subtle body experiences, Sentient Body communications, in ourselves and in our clients. Discover how vague sensory impressions contain information about essential energies trying to unfold before they appear in body symptoms, dreams and life events. This is Process Work Psychology developed by Drs. Arny and Amy Mindell, from the inside out.

In this workshop, we explore and integrate these experiences into our professional practice. We begin with the body, a powerful guide, and unfold its flickering sensory signals. Sentient Awareness, a finely-tuned perception that picks up slight somatic experiences, reveals movements that express the body’s wisdom. Experiences that usually remain below the threshold of awareness are underlying communications from “the spirit of life”, guidance for our clients and ourselves. Through short discussions, inner work and demonstrations we touch into different levels of reality and weave what we have discovered into our professional practice.
6 CEU’s are available for Massage Therapists.

“I honestly think this was the most powerful time I have ever spent in a workshop.”
Kelly L.arson, Licensed Massage Practitioner, Port Townsend, WA

LIsa MarksInstructor: Lisa Marks MA LMHC is a psychotherapist and Process Work Associate in practice since 1987 providing consultation, coaching and Sentient Body sessions. She has studied with Drs. Arny and Amy Mindell, founders of Process Work Psychology, for over 25 years. Lisa developed the Sentient Body material out of her exploration of Process Work, Authentic Movement, Soul Motion, Ecopsychology and other spiritual and movement practices. She divides her time between the remote woods and waters of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington where she takes her movement practice to the trees and beaches. She loves writing poetry, gardening and performing with Yesango Marimba Ensemble in Port Townsend, WA. For more information, visit www.sentientbody.com and www.sentientbody.com/lisa.html. Lisa can be reached at (360) 385-7760 or lisa@sentientbody.com.


IN TAOS! Practitioners Guide to Sentient Body 9/30
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Neuromuscular Therapy: Forward Head Posture and TMJ September 30-October 1 (Sat - Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith
Date: September 30-October 1 (Sat - Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by August 30)
Time: 8am-5pm
Course Description:

This weekend focuses on advanced techniques to treat the extremely sensitive areas of the neck and mouth. We will start with a quick review of Neuromuscular Therapy. Saturday will introduce the concept of “Forward Head Posture” with the many medical conditions associated with this distortion. The morning will include a review of the musculature and medical conditions possible with this distortion. The afternoon will cover the treatment protocol, with lots of practice time. Sunday will introduce TMJ dysfunction and teach the treatment protocol, using the same teaching techniques. This day will also have time for participants to bring in all information available with their “trouble clients”, which the class will use to develop a treatment protocol for that therapist to take home and use in their own practice immediately.

Participant Requirements:
1. Bring (or wear) a fitness tank top and athletic shorts for draping during participant practice sessions.
2.  All other class materials provided.


Neuromuscular Therapy: Forward Head & TMJ 9/30-10/1
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Shiatsu: Connecting Fascia and Meridians — Addressing the Trunk and Upper Body September 30-October 1 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Lauri Genesio, RMTI-I #0564
Date: September 30-October 1 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 14
Price: $300 Regular; $270 Early Bird (by August 30)
Time: Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Course Description:

In this class, we will work on tables to make it more accessible for the practitioner to learn and integrate Shiatsu technique into a developing bodywork practice. You will learn Shiatsu technique for the back, neck, abdominal massage (Hara), upper chest and arms, intercostals, and how to work effectively in side position. Chronic or acute conditions tending to manifest in these areas will be our focus. You will learn methods to open, release, stretch, and unwind areas of stagnation using technique and your own listening intention. This style of Shiatsu offers another unique way into your developing relationship with intuition, balance and quietude.

Shiatsu, literally meaning “finger pressure,” is a traditional Japanese helping art. Masunaga Shiatsu, also known as Zen Shiatsu, is an evolving and unique method of practice and evaluation system based on Asian traditions which consider all things as a manifestation of a vital universal force called Qi (Ki in Japanese). Here a person’s physical, psychological, and mental states of being are an expression of the distribution of Qi. A free flow of Qi is reflected by a good balance of your whole condition. Nervousness, headache, insomnia, muscle tension, back-ache, sciatica, hip pain, fatigue, anger, grief, restless thinking, and restless leg syndrome are all considered as expressions of Qi imbalance.

Zen Shiatsu addresses both the Hara and organ system, and in this class we will look at Fascia as being one continuous organ able to be addressed with Shiatsu tools and technique, such as finger and palm pressure, holding points, range of motion movements, and meridian stretches. Fascia, a network of connective tissue, is a continuous web of manifestation and expression, and to modern Shiatsu therapists, is considered the conducting tissue throughout the body. Observation reveals that through the Meridians the Fascia can be addressed to a restored health and flexibility. Depending on class size, time, and interest, we will have Shiatsu mats available to practice on—though this is not a floor work class.

Lauri GenesioInstructor: Lauri Genesio, LMT,RMTI-I #0564 graduated from the Scherer Institute (SFSOM), in 2004, after studying at the Ohashi Institute of Chicago (now Zen Shiatsu Chicago) and Mi Zai Shiatsu. Both schools, rooted in the theory and practice of Zen Shiatsu, established by Shizuto Masunaga and Wataru Ohashi, teach practitioners a meditative quality of practice to observe, detect, and listen for how a treatment is going step by step. Unique to this evolving modality is its evaluation system of the organs, meridians, and the manifestation of Qi to treat and understand patterns of chronic or acute conditions. Lauri became an instructor at SFSOM in 2005, teaching an introductory Zen Shiatsu and Five Element course. In 2010/11, she assisted and taught at HeartMind Bodywork, in Boulder, founded by Matthew Sweigart, formerly the director of the Ohashi Institute of Chicago. She currently offers continuing education classes at SFSOM, and is a student of Medical Qigong at the Red Thread Institute in California. Lauri lives in Santa Fe, maintains a private practice of therapeutic bodywork & Aroma Acupoint Therapy, and works at Mandala Medicine, an Acupuncture clinic.
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Shiatsu: Connecting Fascia and Meridians-Upper Body 9/30-10/1
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October

Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – INVITATION ONLY October 2 (Mon)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI, CNMT
Date: October 2 (Mon)
Hours: 8 hours
Price: $130
Time: 8am-5pm
Course Description:

Pre-Requisite: Attendance in the 100 hour Neuromuscular Therapy Training.

This instructor-supervised clinic allows the therapist to apply the new techniques after completing the five weekend course.  It is structured in such a way that questions and corrections are addressed immediately during the therapy session, so the therapist leaves the course with the confidence to apply NMT on their own clientele.

Kathleen-Lesh-Smith-150x150Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT was a well-loved Anatomy/Kinesiology instructor at SFSOM before pursuing a degree to be a Physical Therapy Assistant. She has had over 250 hours of training in Neuromuscular Therapy and was certified (C.N.M.T.) by the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy of Charleston, South Carolina in 1999. She has been teaching Neuromuscular Therapy classes since 2000, and here in New Mexico, since 2011. Her classes are infused with the enthusiasm she brings to all of her teaching but especially to her therapeutic field of study – Neuromuscular Therapy!

ETHICS: Power Differential October 6 (Fri)
Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
Date: October 6 (Fri)
Hours: 4
Price: $75
Time: 6-10pm
Course Description:

In this course we will examine issues related to the power differential and related situations which all massage therapists face from time to time. Using discussions and experiential exercises, participants will explore personal and professional experiences to more accurately identify dual relationships and power differential and gain skills for managing client/practitioner relationships.

silviacloseup-1Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
Silvia has been addressing the body-mind-soul connection in her private practice “Interactive Bodytherapy” for the past 20 years. She has been teaching organic movement and Pilates in her own studio. Silvia holds a certificate in interpersonal neurobiology, somatics and action methods from Southwestern College. In her work, she embraces the whole person by including the psychological, mental and physical aspects of health and well-being.


ETHICS: Power Differential 10/06
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Ortho-Bionomy® Basics: Spine and Pelvis Oct 6-7 (Fri-Sat)
Instructor: Christina Montes de Oca, BA, LMT, RAIO-B
Date: Oct 6-7 (Fri-Sat)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by Sept 6)
Time: 8:30am-5:30pm
Course Description:

No previous experience is needed to take this class.

Ortho-Bionomy is a non-force system of manual therapy, energy work and somatic education founded by British osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls, DO.  This gentle approach promotes healing from within the body by engaging the dynamic process of self-correction.

In this class you’ll learn:

  • Basic principles and concepts of Ortho-Bionomy
  • Specific techniques to address tension patterns that affect the spine, pelvis and ribcage
  • Energetic presence and touch skills that promote self-correction
  • Sensing skills to help notice self-corrective responses
  • Communication skills to support the process of Ortho-Bionomy

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Instructor: Christina Montes de Oca, BA, LMT, RAIO-B is an Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy. She began her career in Ortho-Bionomy in 1984 and continues the journey of learning to this day. She has been teaching and training Practitioners since 1991, and also trains new Instructors. Christina makes her home in Santa Fe. Christina is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education Approved Provider #151411-00.

“Ortho-Bionomy is an art. It is a simple and profound process that inspires a lifetime of study. It evolves with us as we evolve in our own lives. I love how elegantly O-B supports the unfolding of each person’s richness as a being while providing a wide variety of practical tools for healing.”


Ortho-Bionomy® Basics: Spine and Pelvis 10/6-10/7
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Massage and Palliative Care October 7, 8 (Sat-Sun) THIS CLASS IS ALMOST FULL - PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY ROOM.
Instructor: Emilie Brough, DOM and David Lang, LMT, RMTI-I #0197
Date: October 7, 8 (Sat-Sun) THIS CLASS IS ALMOST FULL - PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY ROOM.
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by September 7)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

This weekend also serves as an introduction to a longer Palliative Care Training that Emilie and David are designing for 2017 here at SFSOM.

Palliative care is a new specialty in Western medicine that supports a patient’s quality of life at every stage of illness. And we know that conscious, compassionate touch cultivates presence and peace in a culture that still pushes vulnerability and mortality away. Massage therapists’ passion for client-centered care and whole-hearted presence uniquely position them to provide integrative palliative care. This includes symptom management,
addressing pain on many levels, and reverence for the whole person. It is time now in a changing and challenged health care industry for massage therapists to learn to collaborate in a new model of medicine.

In this introductory weekend you will learn skills through self-examination, dialogue with Western palliative professionals, and hands-on techniques. This 2-day course is designed to orient you to work, with loving expertise, in an institutionalized medical setting.

Instructors: Emilie Brough, DOM and David Lang, LMT, RMTI-I #0197 have together over 40 years of experience in both private practice and in-patient and out-patient adult and pediatric palliative care and oncology, as well as meditation and mindful movement practices. They are employed by UNM Health Science Center and UNM’s Center for Life, as well as maintaining private practices in the integrative medicine community.

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IN TAOS! Introduction to Polarity Therapy October 8 (Sun)
Instructor: Shanna Marsh MA, RPE, PTP and Corine Frankland PhD, PTP
Date: October 8 (Sun)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by September 8)
Time: 9am - 6pm
Course Description:

This introductory Polarity class provides a working foundation of Polarity Energy Therapy, including the 3 Polarity touches, 5 Elements and the Core energy system. Participants will learn a general energy balancing protocol.

A great class for anyone looking to experience Polarity Therapy and anyone curious about the upcoming Polarity Energy Practitioner training.


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Shanna Marsh, MA, RPE, PTP and Corine Frankland, PhD, PTP​ are Polarity
Therapy Practitioners certified through the International Polarity Education Alliance. Shanna and Corine have created and delivered interdisciplinary workshops celebrating the body’s capacity to serve as a valuable and authentic guide for wisdom and insight. Their unique, integrated and intuitive approach to teaching celebrates Polarity Therapy as both an art and a science. Shanna and Corine are professors of integrative health and wellness and have private somatic polarity practices in Santa Fe.

 


IN TAOS! Introduction to Polarity Therapy 10/8
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ETHICS: For the Experienced Practitioner October 20 (Friday)
Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI #I-104
Date: October 20 (Friday)
Hours: 4 hours
Price: $75
Time: 6-10pm
Course Description:

This class is for Massage Therapists who have been practicing for at least 10 years or more.

We know – you’ve taken umpteen ethics classes over the years! You might even resent having to take yet another. But this is an amazing opportunity to discuss ethical challenges with your peers and colleagues. The rich experience of all who take this class is invaluable. Gifted facilitator Bear Sahlfeld, who has been practicing massage therapy for over 30 years, will support you in going deeper into examining ethical dilemmas around boundaries, dual relationships, power differential and whatever issues you bring.

Bear 2015Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI #I-104
Bear has been a massage therapist for three decades. She maintains a private practice in both Massage Therapy and Psychotherapy in Santa Fe, NM. She studied Hakomi Bodycentered Psychotherapy with its originator, Ron Kurtz, and Hakomi informs all her work. Bear taught at Santa Fe School of Massage (formerly Scherer Institute of Natural Healing) for many years – such classes as: Nurturing Therapeutic Massage, Anatomy, Medical Massage. She is back again for Ethics and the Therapeutic Relationship. Bear brings a sense of humor, compassion, and a depth of knowledge and experience to all her teaching. Her classes are enjoyable and empowering for the students.


ETHICS: For the Experienced Practitioner 10/20
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Meditation and Mindfulness for Bodyworkers October 21 (Sat)
Instructor: Sean Murphy, MFA
Date: October 21 (Sat)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; Early Bird $144 (by September 21)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

Massage is by nature a meditative art. In this experiential workshop we’ll learn how to center and ground ourselves more effectively in the present moment through meditation and mindfulness practices, and explore these practices in depth for ourselves. These are also great techniques to share with your clients for stress reduction and health and wellness enhancement. Open to beginners through advanced practitioners — and although designed especially for body workers, this weekend is open to anyone who wants to learn or practice more deeply these time-honored, highly effective tools for life enhancement.

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Sean has had nearly three decades of formal Zen meditation training, including extended periods of monastic retreat. He’s the author of the American Zen chronicle One Bird, One Stone, which won a 2014 International Book Award, as well as three award-winning works of fiction, including The Hope Valley Hubcap King, which won the Hemingway Award for a First Novel, and The Time of New Weather. He serves as adjunct professor for University of New Mexico-Taos and is founder of the Sage Institute Meditation Leader Training Program in Taos, New Mexico. He presents widely on meditation, mindfulness, and creativity www.sagetaos.org


Meditation & Mindfulness for Bodyworkers: 10/21
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Polarity and Pelvic Potential October 21-22 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Shanna Marsh MA, RPE, PTP and Corine Frankland PhD, PTP
Date: October 21-22 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by September 21)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

The pelvis is the seat of creative, personal and spiritual potential. When healing consciousness is brought to the pelvis, one experiences flow, openness and deep connection to personal sovereignty. Join us as we explore the power of pelvic integration through Polarity therapy. Techniques include energy balancing for the sacrum, pelvis and deep core.


0Instructors: Shanna Marsh, MA, RPE, PTP and Corine Frankland, PhD, PTP​
are Polarity Therapy Practitioners certified through the International Polarity Education Alliance. Shanna and Corine have created and delivered interdisciplinary workshops celebrating the body’s capacity to serve as a valuable and authentic guide for wisdom and insight. Their unique, integrated and intuitive approach to teaching celebrates Polarity Therapy as both an art and a science. Shanna and Corine are professors of integrative health and wellness and have private somatic polarity practices in Santa Fe.


Polarity and the Pelvic Potential 10/21-10/22
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A Day of Reflexology October 22 (Sun)
Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
Date: October 22 (Sun)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by September 22)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

This one-day training will be an enjoyable taster for students who would like to know more about this highly effective modality. Designed to provide plenty of opportunities to discuss and ask questions about reflexology, watch demonstrations, and get hands on practice with some reflexology techniques, the course stands alone but may inspire students to consider studying all levels in Jim Williams’ upcoming Reflexology Certification Program to take their place as professionals in this field. Please note: Students who take this one-day course and then go on to take the full Reflexology Certification will receive a $50 discount off the tuition of the full training. jimheadshot

Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR is a certified reflexologist who qualified from the Practitioners’ School of Reflexology in London, England, in 1997. He is a member of the Association of Reflexologists (AOR) and works to their high standards, and code of ethics. As a full member of the Association, Jim is able to use MAR after his name. Jim has been practicing reflexology in Santa Fe for the past 15 years, and has written and developed a comprehensive reflexology certification program. Jim has an affinity for reflexology and considers it an honor to represent and promote this noble therapy wherever he lives. In addition to reflexology, Jim is a qualified teacher and has been employed in different educational settings for the past thirty-five years. He recently retired from the Santa Fe Public Schools. Jim is fluent in Spanish, and has lived and worked in Mexico, Japan and England.


A Day of Reflexology 10/22
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ETHICS: Boundaries and Communication October 27 (Friday)
Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI #I-104
Date: October 27 (Friday)
Hours: 4 hours
Price: $75
Time: 6-10pm
Course Description:

Students will be able to clearly discuss ethical issues & appropriate behaviors regarding personal and professional boundaries, and communication.

Bear 2015Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI #I-104
Bear has been a massage therapist for three decades. She maintains a private practice in both Massage Therapy and Psychotherapy in Santa Fe, NM. She studied Hakomi Bodycentered Psychotherapy with its originator, Ron Kurtz, and Hakomi informs all her work. Bear taught at Santa Fe School of Massage (formerly Scherer Institute of Natural Healing) for many years – such classes as: Nurturing Therapeutic Massage, Anatomy, Medical Massage. She is back again for Ethics and the Therapeutic Relationship. Bear brings a sense of humor, compassion, and a depth of knowledge and experience to all her teaching. Her classes are enjoyable and empowering for the students.


ETHICS: Boundaries & Communication 10/27
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Hakomi for Bodyworkers Intro: Tracking the Mystery October 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Morgan Holford, LPC, MsT
Date: October 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 12
Price: $240 Regular; $216 Early Bird (by September 28)
Time: 9:30am-6pm Saturday; 9:30am-4:00pm Sunday
Course Description:

In most bodywork styles we learn to use specific strokes, pressure, movements in order to create a certain effect in our clients’ bodies. In Hakomi we shift that approach in a subtle yet profound way. We use the techniques of our various bodywork modalities in order to find out what happens with this stroke or this pressure or this movement. We engage our own and our client’s curiosity in the rich process of exploring and learning about how they live in and experience themselves through their bodies. Following this process, new possibilities emerge.

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Instructor: Morgan Holford, CHT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist & Trainer. She has practiced Hakomi for over 25 years and been on the faculty of the Hakomi Institute since 1990. Prior to that, she studied, taught and practiced a variety of body therapies for several years. Morgan developed and began teaching Hakomi for Bodyworkers in 1995. Morgan brings a deep respect and appreciation for the wisdom of the body into her work with clients and students. She is committed to integrating spirit into everyday life, bringing it into full embodied expression. Morgan lives in Santa Fe, where she maintains a private practice, offers Hakomi and Somatic Trauma Resolution, and trains others in Hakomi throughout the US.


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Shiatsu: Connecting Fascia and Meridians — Addressing the Trunk and Lower Body October 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Lauri Genesio, RMTI-I #0564
Date: October 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 14
Price: $300 Regular; $270 Early Bird (by September 28)
Time: Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Course Description:

In this class, we will work on tables to make it more accessible for the practitioner to learn and integrate Shiatsu technique into a developing bodywork practice. You will learn Shiatsu technique for the back, hips, pelvic region, abdomen, legs, and lower body, and the how to comfortably treat in side position. Chronic or acute conditions tending to manifest in these areas will be our focus. You will learn methods to open, release, stretch, and unwind areas of stagnation using technique and your listening intention. This style of Shiatsu, a modality like many you may practice, offers another unique way into your developing relationship with intuition and quietude.

Shiatsu, literally meaning “finger pressure,” is a traditional Japanese helping art. Masunaga Shiatsu, also known as Zen Shiatsu, is an evolving and unique method of practice and evaluation system based on Asian traditions which consider all things as a manifestation of a vital universal force called Qi (Ki in Japanese). Here a person’s physical, psychological, and mental states of being are an expression of the distribution of Qi. A free flow of Qi is reflected by a good balance of your whole condition. Nervousness, headache, insomnia, muscle tension, back-ache, sciatica, hip pain, fatigue, anger, grief, restless thinking, and restless leg syndrome are all considered as expressions of Qi imbalance.

Zen Shiatsu addresses both the Hara and organ system, and in this class we will look at Fascia as being one continuous organ able to be addressed with Shiatsu tools and technique, such as finger and palm pressure, holding points, range of motion movements, and meridian stretches. Fascia, a network of connective tissue, is a continuous web of manifestation and expression, and to modern Shiatsu therapists, is considered the conducting tissue throughout the body. Observation reveals that through the Meridians the Fascia can be addressed to a restored health and flexibility. Depending on class size, time, and interest, we will have Shiatsu mats available to practice on—though this is not a floor work class.

Lauri GenesioInstructor: Lauri Genesio, LMT, RMTI-I #0564 graduated from the Scherer Institute (SFSOM), in 2004, after studying at the Ohashi Institute of Chicago (now Zen Shiatsu Chicago) and Mi Zai Shiatsu. Both schools, rooted in the theory and practice of Zen Shiatsu, established by Shizuto Masunaga and Wataru Ohashi, teach practitioners a meditative quality of practice to observe, detect, and listen for how a treatment is going step by step. Unique to this evolving modality is its evaluation system of the organs, meridians, and the manifestation of Qi to treat and understand patterns of chronic or acute conditions. Lauri became an instructor at SFSOM in 2005, teaching an introductory Zen Shiatsu and Five Element course. In 2010/11, she assisted and taught at HeartMind Bodywork, in Boulder, founded by Matthew Sweigart, formerly the director of the Ohashi Institute of Chicago. She currently offers continuing education classes at SFSOM, and is a student of Medical Qigong at the Red Thread Institute in California. Lauri lives in Santa Fe, maintains a private practice of therapeutic bodywork & Aroma Acupoint Therapy, and works at Mandala Medicine, an Acupuncture clinic.


Shiatsu: Connecting Fascia and Meridians-Lower Body 10/28-10/29
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Cancellation by the School If we have to cancel the class for any reason, students are immediately notified via email and/or phone. A full refund is given within 5 business days of the cancellation decision.

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