CE Schedule

2018 Continuing Education Schedule

Keep checking this page as we firm up the 2018 classes and dates. It is going to be another exciting Continuing Education schedule!
We hope to see you in 2018!

“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

June

Introduction to Hakomi for Bodyworkers: Giving Voice to the Body June 2-3 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Morgan Holford, CHT, and Scott Lilleston, RP, CHT, LMT, CAMT
Date: June 2-3 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 12 CE hours for Massage Therapists and all other bodyworkers.
Price: $270 Regular; $243 Early Bird (by May 1)
Time: 9:30am-6pm Saturday; 9:30am-4:00pm Sunday
Course Description:

 

This weekend serves as an introduction (and a prerequisite) to 200-hour Hakomi for Bodyworkers training that will be offered here at SFSOM starting in April 2019. Stay tuned!

Course Description:

As a bodyworker are very skilled at sensing what is going on in your clients’ bodies and at allowing that to guide your work. Hakomi gives voice to this processThis workshop will teach you ways to use words that help your clients be more present with their immediate felt sense of their bodies and be able to report that to you. You will learn to gently name your own sensing of their somatic experiences as you work. This process brings a profound integration of body and mind for you and for your clients.

Instructors:  

Morgan Holford, CHT is a Certified Hakomi Therapist & Trainer. She has practiced Hakomi for over 30 years and has 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 advanced trainings and consultation to Hakomi and Hakomi for Bodyworkers graduates, and trains others in Hakomi throughout the US.

 

Scott Lilleston, RP, CHT, LMT, CAMT As a Somatic Psychotherapist, Scott specializes in working with highly sensitive people (HSP) and clients with chronic pain conditions. As a Licensed Massage Therapist in private practice since 2002, Scott has devoted over a decade to the development of his own body of work: Somatic Re-patterning Approach™. As a teacher and mentor, Scott specializes in teaching body/mind (somatic) applications to manual therapists and bodyworkers. He is passionate about cultivating more understanding of the appropriate use of power in our professional communities and weaves these ideas into all that he teaches. Scott has been a Certified Hakomi Therapist since 2014. He joined the Hakomi For Bodyworkers faculty that same year and in 2017 became a Certified Hakomi Teacher.


Hakomi for Bodyworkers Intro:Voice 6/2-6/3
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Introduction to Pre- and Perinatal Education June 22-24, 2018 (Fri - Sun)
Instructor: Scott Zamurut RCST®
Date: June 22-24, 2018 (Fri - Sun)
Hours: 21 hours
Price: $600 Regular
Time: Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-4pm
Course Description:

This weekend also serves as a prerequisite for the Pre- and Perinatal Education Foundation Training, focusing on the stages of birth in detail, which will begin November 8, 2018.

This class is available to all healing arts practitioners.

Course Description:

  • Why am I still stuck in the same place?
  • Why can’t I find direction in my life?
  • How can I make transitions more easily?
  • Why is adapting to change so hard for me?
  • Why can’t I relax?

We have all gone through an embodiment journey from being discarnate to incarnate, from being a single-celled entity to becoming a whole, living human being. During our embodiment journey, seminal patterns are established in utero and during birth, fundamentally shaping our being. These patterns are the templates for all of our relationships, and literally shape our experience of life. They manifest in our body as nodal points of inertia and pain, as emotional suffering, in our psyche as neurotic relationships with ourselves and with others, and in our spirit as the illusion of separation from Source.

Resolving pre- and perinatal shock can eliminate blind spots in our body and consciousness, allowing for greater awareness and deeper perception of ourselves, and our clients. Meeting these core patterns with accurate empathy, compassionate presence, and the wisdom of recognition is the basis for facilitating their resolution. In this seminar you will learn to heal others as you heal yourself, awakening new capacities within the context of your healing practice.

The Pre- and Perinatal Education (PPE) Introductory Course provides a clear and concise overview of the four stages of birth. This class is based on the groundbreaking work of William Emerson, Ph.D., Karlton Terry, Franklyn Sills, and others, and uses a sophisticated set of psycho-somatic explorations for learning the details of the birth process through an immersive experience. Through this in-class exploration you will begin to recognize these birth patterns in a healing container of wisdom, safety, and understanding.

The Introductory course is the required prerequisite for the PPE Foundation Training, focusing on the stages of birth in detail, which will begin November 8, 2018.

The Foundation Training is, in turn, the doorway into the Intermediate and Advanced trainings, which explore our pre-natal and conception experiences. These courses will be offered following the Foundation Training.

Instructor: Scott Zamurut, RCST® has been a student, practitioner, and teacher of bodywork since 1988.  He began his studies of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Franklyn Sills in 1992, and has been teaching this healing art since 1994. He also has extensive training, practitioner experience, and teaching experience in Pre- and Perinatal Education (PPE), in the lineage of William Emerson, Ph.D.

Scott’s rigorous, spirited, and hands-on classroom style is a result of over 25 years of observation, practice, study, and the training of both practitioners and new teachers. He has been teaching Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy at the Santa Fe School of Massage (SFSOM) since 2012, where he offers an immersive practitioner training. In 2017 Scott added Pre & Perinatal Education to his course offerings at SFSOM.


Introduction to Pre- and Perinatal Education 6/22-6/24
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July

Meditation and Mindfulness for Bodyworkers July 21 (Sat)
Instructor: Sean Murphy, MFA
Date: July 21 (Sat)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; Early Bird $144 (by June 20)
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.

SMurphy kneelingInstructor: Sean Murphy, MFA
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: 7/21
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A Day of Reflexology July 22 (Sun)
Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
Date: July 22 (Sun)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by Jun 21)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

“Reflexology is for everybody! It is a safe and highly effective therapy that restores balance, and facilitates well-being.”
Jim Williams, MAR

This one-day training should be an enjoyable taster for students who would like to know more about this highly effective modality. The class will provide a short introduction to the theory and history of reflexology, demonstrations, hands on practice with one another, and discussions about this ancient healing art.

Please note: you do not need to be a massage therapist to take this class.

jimheadshotInstructor: 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 7/22
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Neuromuscular Therapy: Postural Analysis & Myofascial Release July 28-29, 2018 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: July 28-29, 2018 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by June 27)
Time: 8am-5pm
Course Description:

“Postural Analysis allows the therapist to easily chart the probable SOURCE of the pain, instead of just chasing the symptoms.”

Have you found that you’ve been “chasing pain” with clients, but not really finding the original problem?  The human body is made up of soft tissue netting called fascia that can pull in many directions at one time.  Analyzing all three anatomical planes allows the therapist not only to efficiently treat the Quasimodo but also treat the Adonis who stands perfectly straight, but is riddled with pain. After several sessions of charting with partners, each participant will have the opportunity to analyze one on one, with follow-through involving hands-on techniques. This course makes the therapeutic techniques learned in other classes really make sense — to you AND your clients!

In myofascial release work, you will learn hands-on techniques that will benefit both you and your client the first time you use them. Fascia is the support netting of the human body.  Its fibers run in many directions (like postage tape) and the pull of fascia from the problem area in your leg could be felt as pain in your shoulder.  These techniques will open the fascial restrictions to allow the therapist to more easily work on the affected muscles. Releasing the fascial restrictions first allows the muscular release to be easier (on you and the client) and provides a longer lasting release of whichever massage techniques are applied.

“Fascia is the forgotten soft tissue in the bodywork world and is the easiest to treat!”

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.

Kathleen-Lesh-Smith-150x150Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA 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!


NMT: Postural Analysis & Myofascial Release 7/28-7/29
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August

Neuromuscular Therapy: Intro and Simple Deviations August 11-12 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: August 11-12 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by July 10)
Time: 8am-5pm
Course Description:

The first day of this weekend will introduce Neuromuscular Therapy, including postural analysis, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy. The second day of this weekend will introduce the simplest of the postural distortions, the transverse deviations.  Using cadaver videos and worksheets, we will review the musculature and medical conditions possible with these distortions. Afternoons focus on hands-on treatment protocols with lots of practice time.

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.

Kathleen-Lesh-Smith-150x150Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA 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!


Neuromuscular Therapy: Intro and Simple Deviations 8/11-8/12
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Be BodyWise: Know Your Brain –The Exciting New Science of Interpersonal Neurobiology August 18-19 (Sat - Sun)
Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
Date: August 18-19 (Sat - Sun)
Hours: 12 hours
Price: $240 Regular; $216 Early Bird (by July 17)
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.


Be Bodywise: Know Your Brain 8/18-8/19
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Engaging Adult Learners August 18, 2018 (Sat)
Instructor: Deirdre Markham, M.A. and Cathy Black, M.A.
Date: August 18, 2018 (Sat)
Hours: 8 hours
Price: $160 Regular/$144 Early Bird (by July 17)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

This course satisfies the NM Massage Therapy Board’s “Teaching Adult Learners” CE requirement for RMTIs.

This course is designed to educate massage instructors about basic principles to consider when teaching adult learners. Through individual and group activities, we will review selected adult learning theories, learning styles, and best practices for course design.  Each participant will be guided to create their own 2-hour class incorporating the needs of adult learners. Participants will also have opportunities to actively engage in discussion and self-reflection around their own experiences as adult learners and teachers.

Instructor: Deirdre Markham, M.A. is a life-long learner who completed her M.A. in adult learning and education in 2015 at the University of New Mexico.  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).

Instructor: Cathy Black, M.A. has been teaching in the healing arts since 1985.  Her Master’s degree from Lesley University focused on Intuitive Healing and Facilitation, and she loves supporting others to bring forth their gifts and inspirations in a variety of educational environments. She is co-owner of the Santa Fe School of Massage and of Lumos Center in Taos.


Engaging Adult Learners 8/18, 2018
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Teacher Training: Authentic Facilitation – Organization and Grounded Presence August 19 (Sun)
Instructor: Cathy Black, MA
Date: August 19 (Sun)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; Early Bird $144 (by July 18)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

This course satisfies the NM Massage Therapy Board’s “Teaching Adult Learners” CE requirement for RMTIs.

Teaching adults in an educational setting is enhanced when the material is organized in a clear, multi-learning style format, and presented by an instructor who conveys the material in a personally grounded, authentic manner. In addition to encouraging participants to bring their authentic self to the teaching process, this workshop will assist participants to create an 8-hour class of their choosing using Cathy’s Modular Structure Process. Each person will then present a short excerpt from the material they developed, and receive feedback on the effectiveness of their presentation, both in content and authentic presence.

Instructor: Cathy Black, MA has been teaching in the healing arts since 1985.  Her Master’s degree from Lesley University focused on Intuitive Healing and Facilitation, and she loves supporting others to bring forth their gifts and inspirations in a variety of educational environments. She is co-owner of the Santa Fe School of Massage and of Lumos Center in Taos.


Teacher Training Part 1: Authentic Facilitation 8/19
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Neuromuscular Therapy: Pelvic Rotations August 25-26 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: August 25-26 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by July 24)
Time: 8am - 5pm
Course Description:

Saturday will introduce the concept of pelvic rotation and tilt, starting with the posterior tilt/rotation.  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 address the anterior pelvic tilt/rotation, using the same teaching techniques.

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.

Kathleen-Lesh-Smith-150x150Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA is a well-loved Anatomy/Kinesiology instructor at SFSOM. 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!


Neuromuscular Therapy: Pelvic Rotations 8/25-8/26
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Ortho-Bionomy® Basics: Spine and Pelvis August 25-26 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Christina Montes de Oca, BA, LMT, RAIO-B
Date: August 25-26 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by July 24)
Time: 9am - 6pm
Course Description:

No previous experience is needed to take this class. You do not need to be a massage therapist 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 8/25-8/26
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Introduction to Pre- and Perinatal Education Aug 31- Sept 2, 2018 (Fri - Sun)
Instructor: Scott Zamurut RCST®
Date: Aug 31- Sept 2, 2018 (Fri - Sun)
Hours: 21 hours
Price: $600 Regular
Time: Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-4pm
Course Description:

This weekend also serves as a prerequisite for the Pre- and Perinatal Education Foundation Training, focusing on the stages of birth in detail, which will begin November 8, 2018.

This class is available to all healing arts practitioners.

Course Description:

  • Why am I still stuck in the same place?
  • Why can’t I find direction in my life?
  • How can I make transitions more easily?
  • Why is adapting to change so hard for me?
  • Why can’t I relax?

We have all gone through an embodiment journey from being discarnate to incarnate, from being a single-celled entity to becoming a whole, living human being. During our embodiment journey, seminal patterns are established in utero and during birth, fundamentally shaping our being. These patterns are the templates for all of our relationships, and literally shape our experience of life. They manifest in our body as nodal points of inertia and pain, as emotional suffering, in our psyche as neurotic relationships with ourselves and with others, and in our spirit as the illusion of separation from Source.

Resolving pre- and perinatal shock can eliminate blind spots in our body and consciousness, allowing for greater awareness and deeper perception of ourselves, and our clients. Meeting these core patterns with accurate empathy, compassionate presence, and the wisdom of recognition is the basis for facilitating their resolution. In this seminar you will learn to heal others as you heal yourself, awakening new capacities within the context of your healing practice.

The Pre- and Perinatal Education (PPE) Introductory Course provides a clear and concise overview of the four stages of birth. This class is based on the groundbreaking work of William Emerson, Ph.D., Karlton Terry, Franklyn Sills, and others, and uses a sophisticated set of psycho-somatic explorations for learning the details of the birth process through an immersive experience. Through this in-class exploration you will begin to recognize these birth patterns in a healing container of wisdom, safety, and understanding.

The Introductory course is the required prerequisite for the PPE Foundation Training, focusing on the stages of birth in detail, which will begin November 8, 2018.

The Foundation Training is, in turn, the doorway into the Intermediate and Advanced trainings, which explore our pre-natal and conception experiences. These courses will be offered following the Foundation Training.

Instructor: Scott Zamurut, RCST® has been a student, practitioner, and teacher of bodywork since 1988.  He began his studies of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Franklyn Sills in 1992, and has been teaching this healing art since 1994. He also has extensive training, practitioner experience, and teaching experience in Pre- and Perinatal Education (PPE), in the lineage of William Emerson, Ph.D.

Scott’s rigorous, spirited, and hands-on classroom style is a result of over 25 years of observation, practice, study, and the training of both practitioners and new teachers. He has been teaching Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy at the Santa Fe School of Massage (SFSOM) since 2012, where he offers an immersive practitioner training. In 2017 Scott added Pre & Perinatal Education to his course offerings at SFSOM.


Introduction to Pre- and Perinatal Education 8/31
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September

Deep Breath September 15, 2018 (Sat)
Instructor: Lara Bache, LMT and Jackson Mathey, LMT, RMTI
Date: September 15, 2018 (Sat)
Hours: 4
Price: Regular $80/Early Bird $72 (by August 14)
Time: 2pm-6pm
Course Description:

We do it from our first day until our last, but what actually happens when we breathe?

This workshop is a self-experiential journey that takes us deep into the intricate motion of breath.

This workshop will include:

  • Yoga & movement exercises designed to help you take deeper, more conscious breaths
  • Anatomy slideshow and discussion exploring how breath is created in the body, its multitude of interrelationships, the central role of the diaphragm and the holistic motion that breath offers
  • Breathing and pranayama instruction to relieve stress and heighten breath-awareness

Instructors:

Lara Bache is a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and executive co-director at Santa Fe Community Yoga. She has been teaching yoga since 2009 and is a lifelong student of contemplative arts and movement. She is a proud graduate of the Santa Fe School of Massage, and is passionate about celebrating embodiment.

 

Jackson Mathey, LMT, RMTI is a bodyworker and instructor in Santa Fe New Mexico. He currently teaches Anatomy and Kinesiology at the Santa Fe School of Massage. He draws on a diverse back ground to fuel his understanding of the body. He loves sharing the adventure of discovering the functions and mysteries of the body.


Deep Breath 9/14
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ETHICS: The Transgender Body on the Table September 15, 2018 (Saturday)
Instructor: Ellen Santistevan, LMT, RMTI-I #0513, NCBTMB CE AP # 1348 (Exp. 4/3/20)​
Date: September 15, 2018 (Saturday)
Hours: 4 hours
Price: $75
Time: 9am-1pm Saturday
Course Description:

This class is an exploration of the myths and realities of working with transgender and intersex clients. Transgender and gender-nonconforming people report the highest rates of discrimination and barriers to healthcare, and they have the highest rates of suicide, substance abuse, and homelessness. Trans folk have some unique physical needs and emotional considerations at different points in their transition. The goal of this class is to create and expand the group of safe practitioners that trans people can access and receive the bodywork they need.

EllenSEllen Santistevan is a Licensed Massage Therapist who practices both craniosacral therapy and polarity therapy. She is an independent instructor of ethics, polarity therapy, and reflexology in Albuquerque, NM, who believes strongly in the power of ritual and ceremony in doing healing work, and has additional experience in geriatric work, traditional medicine, visionary and shamanic practice. In addition, Ellen is an occasionally award-winning painter and published poet. Her practice integrates elements of all these bodies of knowledge as well as the most current research on wellness. You can find out more about her at http://www.thirdgoddess.com. Please note: this class is approved under Ellen’s NCBTMB Approved Provider number.


ETHICS: The Transgender Body on the Table 9/15/18
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Neuromuscular Therapy: Scoliosis September 15-16 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: September 15-16 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by August 14)
Time: 8am-5pm
Course Description:

This accelerated workshop will introduce the concept of “C curve” scoliosis (the lateral curvature of the spine), causing a long leg/short leg or high/low shoulder distortion. The course will include a review of the musculature and medical conditions possible with this distortion, including the more complex condition of “S curve” scoliosis. Participants will be given treatment protocols, with lots of practice time.

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.

Kathleen-Lesh-Smith-150x150Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA is a well-loved Anatomy/Kinesiology instructor at SFSOM. 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!


Neuromuscular Therapy: Scoliosis 9/15-9/16
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ETHICS: Dual Relationships September 21 (Fri)
Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
Date: September 21 (Fri)
Hours: 4 hours
Price: $75
Time: 6-10pm
Course Description:

Massage therapists are often faced with issues regarding dual relationship. Using discussions and experiential exercises, participants will explore personal and professional experiences to more accurately identify their dual relationships and gain skills for managing client/practitioner relationships.

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.


ETHICS: Dual Relationships 9/21
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Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Techniques September 22-23 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: David M. Lang, LMT, MTPT, RMTI-I #0197
Date: September 22-23 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 14
Price: $292 Regular; $264 Early Bird (by August 21) (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.


Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Techniques: 9/22-9/23
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A Second Day of Reflexology September 23 (Sun)
Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
Date: September 23 (Sun)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by August 22)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

Prerequisite: A Day of Reflexology

This day-long workshop is designed to review reflexology theory and practice taught in “A Day of Reflexology.” Reflexology techniques, points, and areas relating to the Upper Transverse Zone in particular will be reviewed. Students will learn how to work the Middle and Lower Transverse Zones, and the Spinal Reflexes will be introduced. The intent of this course is for students to be able to incorporate reflexology more in their practice and to learn more of the reflexology sequence

jimheadshotInstructor: 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 Second Day of Reflexology 9/23
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Neuromuscular Therapy: Forward Head Posture and TMJ September 29-30 (Sat - Sun).
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: September 29-30 (Sat - Sun).
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by August 28)
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.

Kathleen-Lesh-Smith-150x150Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA is a well-loved Anatomy/Kinesiology instructor at SFSOM. 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!


Neuromuscular Therapy: Forward Head & TMJ 9/29-9/30
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October

Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – INVITATION ONLY October 1 (Mon)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI, CNMT, PTA
Date: October 1 (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, PTA 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 5 (Fri)
Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
Date: October 5 (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 10/05
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ETHICS: Boundaries-From Hippocrates to the Dalai Lama October 6, 2018 (Sat)
Instructor: Farice Rezabek, LMT, RMTI-I #0558
Date: October 6, 2018 (Sat)
Hours: 4
Price: $75
Time: 9am-1pm
Course Description:

The Hippocratic Oath has guided the medical profession since ancient times, and the Dalai Lama brings us timeless wisdom. Both are important in today’s world. Massage Therapists and other healing practitioners stand at a unique juxtaposition between these two poles. In this class we will discuss boundaries in the 21st century, where everything is energy, and explore taking your ethics to the next level.

Instructor: Farice Rezabek, LMT, RMTI-I #0558 Farice is a life-long learner dedicated to helping others and creating space for peace on earth. She graduated from the Scherer Institute (SFSOM) in 2001 and aims to be involved in bodywork and education as long as Dr. Jay Scherer was. She has spent as much time practicing bodywork as she has teaching computers, math and anatomy in many settings. She currently focuses her wellness work at The Light Vessel Well-Being Spa. Farice looks forward bringing her skills, experience and enthusiasm to working with the healing power of water within and around us.


ETHICS: Boundaries-From Hippocrates to the Dalai Lama 10/6
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Hydrotherapy for Detoxification and Immune Health October 6,7 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Farice Rezabek, LMT, RMTI-I-0558
Date: October 6,7 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 12
Price: $260 Regular; Early Bird $234 (by Sept. 5) (includes supplies)
Time: 2-6pm Saturday, 9am-6pm Sunday​
Course Description:

Come explore the healing properties of water for your practice and your own health. Through lecture, experiential activities and discussion, we’ll cover hydrotherapy techniques for Detoxification and Immune Health including contrast therapy, castor oil packs, skin brushing, saunas (Dry, Far Infrared, Ozone & Cryo) and more. You’ll take home ideas to boost your health and spirits and to share with others.

Instructor: Farice Rezabek, LMT, RMTI-I #0558 Farice is a life-long learner dedicated to helping others and creating space for peace on earth. She graduated from the Scherer Institute (SFSOM) in 2001 and aims to be involved in bodywork and education as long as Dr. Jay Scherer was. She has spent as much time practicing bodywork as she has teaching computers, math and anatomy in many settings. She currently focuses her wellness work at The Light Vessel Well-Being Spa. Farice looks forward bringing her skills, experience and enthusiasm to working with the healing power of water within and around us.


Hydrotherapy for Detox and Immune Health: 10/6-10/7
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Introduction to Hakomi for Bodyworkers: Building Bridges October 6,7 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Morgan Holford, CHT, and Scott Lilleston, RP, CHT, LMT, CAMT
Date: October 6,7 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 12 hrs
Price: $270 Regular; $243 Early Bird (by September 5)
Time: Sat: 9:30am-6pm; Sun: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Course Description:

 

This weekend serves as an introduction (and a prerequisite) to 200-hour Hakomi for Bodyworkers training that will be offered here at SFSOM starting in April 2019. Stay tuned!

Course Description:

Our brains process kinesthetic, somatic experiences very differently than they do language and meaning, in completely different areas. Both kinds of experiences are essential aspects of our being human. Developing the ability to connect and move between those kinds of experiences is an essential ingredient in the Hakomi approach. It is a deeply integrating experience. This workshop will provide opportunities to explore and experiment with building bridges between these realms of body and mind. You will learn skills that will help you assist your clients in building these bridges as well.

Instructors:

Morgan Holford, CHT is a Certified Hakomi Therapist & Trainer. She has practiced Hakomi for over 30 years and has 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 advanced trainings and consultation to Hakomi and Hakomi for Bodyworkers graduates, and trains others in Hakomi throughout the US.

 

Scott Lilleston, RP, CHT, LMT, CAMT As a Somatic Psychotherapist, Scott specializes in working with highly sensitive people (HSP) and clients with chronic pain conditions. As a Licensed Massage Therapist in private practice since 2002, Scott has devoted over a decade to the development of his own body of work: Somatic Re-patterning Approach™. As a teacher and mentor, Scott specializes in teaching body/mind (somatic) applications to manual therapists and bodyworkers. He is passionate about cultivating more understanding of the appropriate use of power in our professional communities and weaves these ideas into all that he teaches. Scott has been a Certified Hakomi Therapist since 2014. He joined the Hakomi For Bodyworkers faculty that same year and in 2017 became a Certified Hakomi Teacher.


Introduction to Hakomi for Bodyworkers: Bridges 10/6-10/7
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Massage for People Living with Cancer October 12-14 (Fri-Sun)
Instructor: Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT
Date: October 12-14 (Fri-Sun)
Hours: 24 hours
Price: $490 Regular; $440 Early Bird (by September 11)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition. The purpose of this class is to train touch therapists in the basics of oncology massage. The experience derived from this training will create newfound confidence in bodyworkers about working with clients, particularly private practice clients, who have cancer or are recovering from it. Therapists who focus on hospice and hospital work will also find this course to be valuable for their special needs patients. 

The curriculum includes information on:

    • opening the heart to those with serious illness
    • metastasis
    • adjustments that must be made for clients who:
      • are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation or who have a history of it
      • have had surgical or medical procedures
      • are at risk for lymphedema
    • how to perform intake with clients who have a history of cancer treatment

Significant time is devoted to hands-on practice including providing a supervised relaxation massage to someone with cancer or a history of cancer.

Enrollment Requirement: The course is open to licensed, certified, or professional massage therapists; massage students enrolled in a professional training program who have completed Swedish Massage I or the equivalent; bodyworkers certified in other non-invasive, gentle modalities; or other therapists by permission of the instructor.

Advance Reading: Because each minute of time available to us in class is precious, some advance reading is required from Medicine Hands: Massage for People with Cancer, (3rd Ed.) – (2014, Findhorn Press). Be sure you have the 3rd Edition. The following sections should be read before attending class:  

Required reading:

  •  Chapter 4: The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment: Why The Need for a Less Demanding Approach
  •  Chapter 5: Pressure, Site and Position: An Organizational Framework

Recommended reading:

  •  Chapter 6: Gathering Information: An Essential Part of the Massage Session
  •  Chapter 7: First Do No Harm: Adjusting for the Common Side Effects of Cancer Treatments
  •  Chapter 8: The New Normal: The Role of Massage During Recovery.

Gayle MacDonaldInstructor: Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT, is the author of Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, (3rd Ed.) (2014, Findhorn Press) and Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client (2005, Lippincott Williams and Wilkin). Gayle first began working with and massaging oncology patients at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Since 1994 she has taught and supervised massage therapists on the oncology medical/surgical in-patient units, in the chemo infusion clinics, radiation oncology, apheresis and the bone marrow transplant unit. It has been her incredible good fortune to share and exchange knowledge with therapists around the United States, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, and Holland. Gayle is a founding member of the Society for Oncology Massage and the Iris Cancer Partnership in Scotland, as well as being the creator of the Oncology Massage Healing Summit and Oncology Massage Education Associates. The creation of and involvement with communities is one of the things that makes her heart sing. The other deep desire is the support of therapists and teachers in finding their work in the world.

This 3-day workshop is a course of Oncology Massage Education Associates. Oncology Massage Education Associates is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider #153811-00 (Expiration date: 8-17-2020).


Massage for People with Cancer 10/12-10/14
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The Compassionate Witness: Being Present with Illness and Suffering (in Taos!) October 13-14 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Christine Sherwood, LMT
Date: October 13-14 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 12
Price: $240 Regular; $216 Early Bird (by Sept 12)
Time: 10am-5pm
Course Description:

(This class will be held in Taos at TaoSatva)

In this class we will bring awareness to our comfort levels with illness, suffering and death. We will investigate where our different belief structures of illness originate, such as in family dynamics, life experiences, voices other than our own, and society. We will work with these conditioned responses so we can open to a greater understanding of our authentic self, thus creating more space for compassion and forgiveness. Through meditation, writing and interpersonal exercises in a supportive environment, we will explore how to remain present with our own suffering, and allow this honest questioning to teach us how to employ our own personal spiritual beliefs to greet life’s challenges—and by doing so, remain connected to our self and others through joy and understanding.

Instructor: Christine Sherwood, LMT
ChristinChristine Sherwoode graduated from The Scherer Institute of Natural Healing (SFSOM) in 1991 and began her teaching career in 1995. She has taught various modalities of massage, from Swedish Massage to Healing Quality of Touch. She created her own continuing education class, “Bones of the Earth,” and taught it nationally for eight years. Her life took a new direction, when in 2006, Christine was diagnosed with fourth-stage rectal cancer. Applying her life skills, she has emerged into a new and burnished life. Her second book, Fire and Ash: The Alchemy of Cancer, chronicles her journey of illness and near death, witnessed by her Soul. Forming an alliance with her new-fledged life, Christine is creating workshops that unite her intuition in the healing arts, teaching, and writing to connect with others on the subject of illness, healing and the spiritual expansion that life offers through honest contemplation of life and death.


The Compassionate Witness 10/13-10/14
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ETHICS: For the Experienced Practitioner October 19 (Friday)
Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI-I #041
Date: October 19 (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 #041
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 10/19
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Deep Breath October 20, 2018 (Sat)
Instructor: Lara Bache, LMT and Jackson Mathey, LMT, RMTI
Date: October 20, 2018 (Sat)
Hours: 4
Price: Regular $80/Early Bird $72 (by September 19)
Time: 9am-1pm
Course Description:

We do it from our first day until our last, but what actually happens when we breathe?

This workshop is a self-experiential journey that takes us deep into the intricate motion of breath.

This workshop will include:

  • Yoga & movement exercises designed to help you take deeper, more conscious breaths
  • Anatomy slideshow and discussion exploring how breath is created in the body, its multitude of interrelationships, the central role of the diaphragm and the holistic motion that breath offers
  • Breathing and pranayama instruction to relieve stress and heighten breath-awareness

Instructors:

Lara Bache is a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and executive co-director at Santa Fe Community Yoga. She has been teaching yoga since 2009 and is a lifelong student of contemplative arts and movement. She is a proud graduate of the Santa Fe School of Massage, and is passionate about celebrating embodiment.

 

Jackson Mathey, LMT, RMTI is a bodyworker and instructor in Santa Fe New Mexico. He currently teaches Anatomy and Kinesiology at the Santa Fe School of Massage. He draws on a diverse back ground to fuel his understanding of the body. He loves sharing the adventure of discovering the functions and mysteries of the body.


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Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral October 20-21 , 2018 (Sat, Sun)
Instructor: Scott Zamurut, RCST®
Date: October 20-21 , 2018 (Sat, Sun)
Hours: 13 hours
Price: $260 Regular/$234 Early Bird (by Sept 19, 2018)
Time: 9am-6pm Saturday; 9am-4pm Sunday
Course Description:

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This weekend seminar presents the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy in a simple and accessible manner. A clear overview of biodynamic theory, and it’s place in the historical development of craniosacral therapy, is balanced with hands-on exercises designed to ground theory into direct experience in both student practitioner and client roles. This introductory seminar provides an easy to access opportunity for you to explore biodynamics, and whet your appetite for a fuller understanding of this potent and popular healing modality.

An Intro class is a perquisite for anyone considering the full Biodynamic Craniosacral Training which will start sometime in 2019 – date TBA.

In The Classroom #2Instructor: Scott Zamurut, RCST®, is a bodywork practitioner and teacher in energetic healing forms that emphasize the embodiment of life energy: Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Polarity Therapy. Integral to these forms of healing are the skills of shock and trauma resolution, which are augmented in an energy-based practice. Scott also has extensive training and practitioner experience in Pre & Perinatal Education, including teacher training, in the lineage of William Emerson.

Scott began teaching Polarity Therapy in 1990, and has taught Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy since 1994. He had been teaching at SFSOM since 2012. Scott’s focus in Biodynamics has resulted in a reinvigorated perspective on the work, expressed through the evolutionary curriculum and training model he has developed over the past 20 years. In recent years Scott has added Pre & Perinatal Education to his training offerings with forthcoming courses to broaden the availability of this important work.

Along the way Scott has also been involved with professional associations, serving as a founding board member of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America, and as a Vice President with the American Polarity Therapy Association.


Intro to Biodynamic Craniosacral 10/20-10/21, 2018
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ETHICS: Boundaries and Communication October 26 (Friday)
Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI-I #041
Date: October 26 (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 #041
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 10/26
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Meditation and Mindfulness for Bodyworkers (In Taos!) October 27 (Sat)
Instructor: Sean Murphy, MFA
Date: October 27 (Sat)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; Early Bird $144 (by September 26)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

(This class will be held in Taos at TaoSatva)

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.

SMurphy kneelingInstructor: Sean Murphy, MFA
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: 10/27 (In Taos!)
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A Day of Polarity Therapy! (In Taos!) October 28 (Sun).
Instructor: Shanna Marsh, MA, RPE, PTP
Date: October 28 (Sun).
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by September 27)
Time: 9am - 6pm
Course Description:

(This class will be held in Taos at TaoSatva)

This course provides a foundational exploration into the art and practice of Polarity Therapy bodywork. The deep insights and applications of 5 Element theory, cosmic alignments and the 3 Polarity touches will be addressed.

About Polarity: Polarity Therapy is based on the Human Energy Field and recognizes energy as the underlying factor of wellness. Polarity Therapy works with the pathways of energy movement, assisting the return of its free-flowing nature.

Instructor: Shanna Marsh, MA, RPE, PTP is a Polarity Therapy Practitioner and educator certified through the International Polarity Education Alliance. Both her private sessions and workshops celebrate Polarity as an art and science. The focus is activating each individual’s inner radiance and facilitating access to the body’s deep wisdom and its profound impact on health and happiness.


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For information regarding courses, contact us at:
Phone: 505-982-8398 | Toll-free: 866-505-2006 | e-mail: info@sfsom.com

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.

Cancellation by the Student If a student has to cancel 14 days or more before the start of the course, a refund of all money, except a $50 processing fee, is given within 10 business days of the cancellation. If a student cancels less than 14 days before the course, no refund is given. The Santa Fe School of Massage is not responsible for any travel or lodging costs incurred due to any cancellation.

Duplicate Certificates Duplicate certificates for any CE class will be charged a $10 fee.