CE Schedule

2019 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

May

ETHICS: Boundaries-From Hippocrates to the Dalai Lama May 18 (Sat)
Instructor: Farice Rezabek, LMT, RMTI-I #0558
Date: May 18 (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.

Hydrotherapy for Detoxification and Immune Health May 18-19 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Farice Rezabek, LMT, RMTI-I-0558
Date: May 18-19 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 12
Price: $260 Regular; Early Bird $234 (by April 17) (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.

Neuromuscular Therapy: Postural Analysis & Myofascial Release May 25-26 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: May 25-26 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by April 24)
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!

 

Please call the school to see if there is any availability in this class.

June

Neuromuscular Therapy: Groundwork and Simple Deviations June 15-16 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: June 15-16 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by May 14)
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 6/15-6/16/19
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July

Neuromuscular Therapy: Pelvic Rotations July 6-July 7 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: July 6-July 7 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by June 5)
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 7/6-7/7/19
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ETHICS: Supporting Gender-Expansive Clients July 13 (Sat)
Instructor: Favor Ellis, MA
Date: July 13 (Sat)
Hours: 4
Price: $75
Time: 9am-1pm
Course Description:

“Bodywork can be very clinical, and as many of us know, even skilled medical professionals lack the training to work with bodies that don’t fit social norms. Often, queer and trans folk don’t think we deserve to care for ourselves and heal, mainly because there hasn’t always been spaces for us to do that. Structural oppression makes us ill both mentally and physically, and many of us go ages without care for our bodies, and end up doing more damage. Our own bodies can be such a huge source of trauma so it’s nice to have people who are committed to being intentionally welcoming and inclusive.”

                                                        -Mercedez, Massage Therapist (quoted by Gabriel Joffe)

Gender-expansive is an umbrella term used for individuals who broaden their own culture’s commonly held definitions of gender, including expectations for its expression, identities, roles, and/or other perceived gender norms. Gender-expansive individuals include those with transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary identities, as well as those whose gender in some way is seen to be stretching society’s notions of gender.

Massage therapists are in a unique position to offer transformative and affirming care that can help counteract the physical effects of living in a climate that often keeps our bodies locked in trauma response.

In this 4-hour class, we will:

  • explore our assumptions, beliefs, ethics, and practices in order to strengthen and deepen the quality of our work with gender-expansive clients;
  • identify concrete practices to create safer and more authentically welcoming spaces for gender-expansive clients;
  • come to a common understanding of language and terms currently used within LGBTQ communities;
  • familiarize ourselves with local and national resources and supports for gender-expansive clients; and
  • learn self-care techniques especially beneficial for bodies experiencing trauma, transition, and transformation.

Favor Ellis, MA    she/her pronouns
Favor has spent the last twenty-five years holding space for, working with, and counseling homeless, runaway, and street-dependent young people, queers, trans & nonbinary & gender expansive folks, and college students. Her lens is healing-centered, intersectional, intuitive, and empathic. She holds a Master’s degree in Transformative Language Arts, Imaginal Psychology, and Embodiment Studies. What this means is that she engages metaphor, dreams, and vulnerability, and is always exploring the ways we can live more soulful and embodied lives. She is especially curious about stories of transition: birth, death, grief, loss, identity, relationship, and growth, and the ways our bodies interact with these stories. She’s a Holding Space coach and facilitator, a DONA-trained birth doula, and a Humanist chaplain & celebrant. She is currently studying at the Santa Fe School of Massage.

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. -Maya Angelou


ETHICS: Supporting Gender-Expansive Clients 7/13
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Deep Breath July 13 (Sat)
Instructor: Lara Bache, LMT and Jackson Mathey, LMT, RMTI
Date: July 13 (Sat)
Hours: 4
Price: Regular $80/Early Bird $72 (by June 12)
Time: 2-6pm
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 7/13
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Manual Lymph Drainage —MLD Certification July 15-20 (Mon-Sat)

Instructor: Rene’ Janiece, LMT, BCTMB, CLT, COMT
Date: July 15-20 (Mon-Sat)

Hours: 45
Price: $950 Regular; Early Bird $900 (by June 1) * See bottom of page for refund policy
Time: 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat
Course Description:

ELIGIBILITY: This course is designed for Licensed/Registered Massage Therapists who have 500 hours of massage education or are certified through the NCBTMB. PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs, ATCs, and RNs may also take this course but should first consult with Klose Training to ensure it is appropriate for their needs. Upon registration you will be asked to provide a copy of your current license.

 
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MLD Certification will help you to:

  • Gain valuable new skills
  • Attract more clients
  • Improve client outcome

Course Description:

This 6-day MLD certification course with KLOSE TRAINING is based on the techniques developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, Ph.D., MT. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a very effective yet gentle manual technique that is easy on the therapist’s body and well tolerated by even highly-sensitive clients. MLD reduces swelling and detoxifies the skin and superficial fascia by promoting drainage within the superficial and deep systems of the lymph vascular network.

Instructor René Janiece establishes a supportive class environment in which you’ll learn the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system and effective MLD sequences that can reduce swelling and other symptoms associated with: Post-surgical edema; soft-tissue injuries; rheumatoid arthritis; fibromyalgia; whiplash; migraine headaches; PTSD; anxiety disorders; mild, medically-uncomplicated lymphedema; and more!

The MLD Advantage

Getting MLD-certified expands your skill set which will help you better serve your current clients. Some therapists find it beneficial to use MLD in every massage session in conjunction with other techniques.

Becoming certified will also attract new clients to your practice who require this special form of massage. PTs and OTs often refer their patients with lymphedema to LMT-CLTs for maintenance therapy.

MLD has many applications including:

  • As an adjunct therapy for clients who have been injured
  • For use with oncology patients who prefer a lighter massage
  • For treating post-surgical patients with edema (swelling)
  • To improve the QOL for hospice patients and those in palliative care
  • As an additional option to Swedish or relaxation massage
  • And more!

During this course, students will be instructed in basic MLD treatment sequences as well as MLD treatment sequences for mild, medically uncomplicated upper and lower extremity lymphedema. These sequences will be demonstrated and practiced. Each day will be divided into two sections: theoretical and hands-on application.

Course Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and the relevant scientific terminology related to the lymphatic system
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the differentiation between the normal and diseased states of the lymphatic system (physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the indications and contraindications related to the use of MLD
  • Competently perform the techniques of MLD for all body areas
  • Develop appropriate treatment strategies for indications such as post-surgical edema, post-traumatic edema, fibromyalgia, general detoxification and other conditions
  • Competently perform MLD on clients after breast surgery for cancer (clients at risk to develop lymphedema)
  • Competently perform MLD on clients with mild, medically uncomplicated, primary or secondary lymphedema

Please note: This course will not prepare the participant for the Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) treatment of lymphedema. Students who are so motivated must take an additional certification training course and meet other requirements of enrollment.

“The best continuing education course of my entire career.”

Instructor: Rene’ Janiece, LMT #6865, BCTMB, CLT, COMT brings over thirty years of experience in the field of massage and bodywork to her classroom instruction. Sixteen of those years have focused on the lymphatic system. She is a graduate of the Scherer Institute of Natural Healing (Santa Fe School of Massage) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has a broad background in both comfort-oriented and therapeutic modalities.  Her private and clinically based practices have focused largely on palliative and hospice care, and clinic and hospital-based therapies, specializing in oncology. Rene’ travels throughout the United States teaching courses in massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and lymphedema and oncology awareness in the bodywork setting.

MLD Certification Tuition and Refund Policy
The total tuition for the course is $950.00 (or early bird price of $900 if payment in full is received by June 1). A deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of registration and will hold your spot until the total amount is due three (3) weeks prior to the first day of class. Anyone cancelling her/his registration more than 3 weeks before the start of the class will receive a refund of their payment to date, by check within 10 business days, minus a non-refundable administrative charge of $100.00. No refund will be given for student cancellation less than three weeks prior to the start of the class, regardless of the reason for withdrawal or dismissal.


Manual Lymph Drainage – MLD Certification 7/15-7/20/2019
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Neuromuscular Therapy: Scoliosis July 27-28 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: July 27-28 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by June 26)
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 7/27-7/28/2019
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August

Shiatsu: Connecting Fascia and Meridians — Addressing the Trunk and Upper Body August 3-4 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Lauri Genesio, RMTI-I #0564
Date: August 3-4 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 14
Price: $300 Regular; $270 Early Bird (by July 2)
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.


Shiatsu: Connecting Fascia and Meridians-Upper Body 8/3-8/4
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Introduction to Integrative Palliative Care for Massage Therapy Professionals August 10-11 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Emilie Brough, DOM and David Lang, LMT, RMTI-I #0197
Date: August 10-11 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by July 9)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

This workshop serves as a prerequisite for the 150-hour Integrative Palliative Care for Massage Therapists 2019 training – Dates TBA.

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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This class is approved under David Lang ‘s National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) continuing education Approved Provider # 451588-11

 


Intro to Integrative Palliative Care for Massage Therapy 8/10-11
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Neuromuscular Therapy: Forward Head Posture and TMJ August 17-18 (Sat - Sun).
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: August 17-18 (Sat - Sun).
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by July 16)
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 8/17-8/18/2019
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Side-lying Massage August 21, 2019 (Wed)
Instructor: Julianna Santillanes, LMT #8823, NCBTMB, RMTI #I-0592
Date: August 21, 2019 (Wed)
Hours: 8 hours
Price: $160 Regular/$144 Early Bird (by July 20, 2019)
Time: 9am-6pm
Course Description:

Learn the essential skills for Side-lying Massage including how to set up pillows, secure draping as well as specific massage strokes and stretches unique to the Side-lying position. Laying on one’s side (or the fetal position) is not only comfortable, but can also add a feeling of safety, especially for people with PTSD. Not everyone can or should lay prone, some examples include during pregnancy, postpartum, post-surgery, or if they have breast or abdominal tenderness. Side-lying is also ideal for anyone with lower back issues, hip pain or sciatica. This class will help you gain confidence and the skill to be able to offer an effective and alternative position on the table for your diverse clientele. 

Instructor: Julianna Santillanes, LMT #8823, NCBTMB, RMTI #I-0592, graduated from SFSOM in 2007 and has specialized in Prenatal & Postpartum Massage since then in both hospital and birth center settings. She has over 150 hours of continuing education in Bodywork for the Childbearing Year (preconception, pregnancy, labor & postpartum), and has also been trained as a Dona Postpartum Doula and as an Infant Massage Instructor. Julianna developed and implemented a complimentary prenatal massage program at an OB/GYN clinic at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska for eight years, and she now resides in Santa Fe and where she has a Pregnancy Massage Center for women to receive the highest quality of care and support.

Juliana Santillanes is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider #650 (Expiration date: 9/17/2020).


Side-lying Massage 8/21
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ETHICS: Dual Relationships August 23 (Fri)
Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
Date: August 23 (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 8/23
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Ortho-Bionomy® Basics: Spine and Pelvis August 24-25 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Christina Montes de Oca, BA, LMT, RAIO-B
Date: August 24-25 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by July 23)
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 8/24-8/25
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Pregnancy Massage August 30-September 1 (Fri-Sun)
Instructor: Julianna Santillanes, LMT #8823, NCBTMB, RMTI #I-0592
Date: August 30-September 1 (Fri-Sun)
Hours: 21 hours
Price: $460 Regular/$416 Early Bird (by July 29)
Time: 9am-5pm
Course Description:

This three-day training will prepare you to give safe and effective massages for women in all stages of pregnancy. We will cover an in-depth overview of the physiology and anatomy of pregnancy through each trimester. Topics include common discomforts, applications and benefits of massage, as well as contraindications and pathologies during pregnancy. Julianna will include a 90min demo of a Prenatal Massage, consistent focus on side-lying with secure draping and specific stretches and massage techniques.Each student will receive an extensive, resource-based pregnancy massage manual that Julianna developed over years of experience and research. Students will have the opportunity to massage pregnant women on the last day of the workshop and receive a 21hour CEU certificate in prenatal massage.

Instructor: Julianna Santillanes, LMT #8823, NCBTMB, RMTI #I-0592, graduated from SFSOM in 2007 and has specialized in Prenatal & Postpartum Massage since then in both hospital and birth center settings. She has over 150 hours of continuing education in Bodywork for the Childbearing Year (preconception, pregnancy, labor & postpartum), and has also been trained as a Dona Postpartum Doula and as an Infant Massage Instructor. Julianna developed and implemented a complimentary prenatal massage program at an OB/GYN clinic at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska for eight years, and she now resides in Santa Fe and where she has a Pregnancy Massage Center for women to receive the highest quality of care and support.

Juliana Santillanes is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider #650 (Expiration date: 9/17/2020).


Pregnancy Massage 8/30 – 9/1/2019
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September

A Day of Reflexology September 22 (Sun)
Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
Date: September 22 (Sun)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by August 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 9/22/19
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Massage for People Living with Cancer September 27 - 29 (Fri-Sun)
Instructor: Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT
Date: September 27 - 29 (Fri-Sun)
Hours: 24 hours
Price: $490 Regular; $440 Early Bird (by August 26)
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 9/27-9/29
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Shiatsu: Connecting Fascia and Meridians — Addressing the Trunk and Lower Body September 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Lauri Genesio, RMTI-I #0564
Date: September 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 14
Price: $300 Regular; $270 Early Bird (by August 27)
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 9/28-9/29
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IN TAOS! Meditation and Mindfulness for Bodyworkers September 28 (Sat)
Date: September 28 (Sat)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (By August 27)
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
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: 9/28 (In Taos!)
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October

Meditation and Mindfulness for Bodyworkers October 5 (Sat)
Instructor: Sean Murphy, MFA
Date: October 5 (Sat)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; Early Bird $144 (by September 4)
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: 10/5
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A Day of Reflexology October 6 (Sun)
Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
Date: October 6 (Sun)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by Sept 5)
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 10/6/19
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ETHICS: For the Experienced Practitioner October 11 (Friday)
Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI-I #041
Date: October 11 (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 10/11
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A Second Day of Reflexology October 13 (Sun)
Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
Date: October 13 (Sun)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by September 12)
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 10/13/19
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A Day of Polarity Therapy! (In Taos!) October 13 (Sun)
Instructor: Shanna Marsh, MA, RPE, PTP
Date: October 13 (Sun)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by September 12)
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.

 


A Day of Polarity Therapy! In TAOS! 10/13
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ETHICS: Boundaries and Communication October 18 (Friday)
Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI-I #041
Date: October 18 (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 10/18
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Be BodyWise: The Science of Connection October 19-20 (Sat - Sun)
Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
Date: October 19-20 (Sat - Sun)
Hours: 12 hours
Price: $240 Regular; $216 Early Bird (by September 18)
Time: 10am - 5pm
Course Description:

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

“Being 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 is 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 explore the functions of our amazing “relational brain” and unique nervous system, the constant flow between body and brain, and how we can utilize this knowledge into our professional practice as well as into our personal daily life. We will have the opportunity to consult about situations with clients in the light of interpersonal (brain)- connectedness. In a playful way, we will delve into body/brain experiences that will help deepen our connection with ourselves and foster 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.

Quotes from Silvia’s students:

“Silvia is one of the best instructors I’ve had in conveying the information with great integrity and creating a safe space for all of us.”
“I’ve been doing bodywork for 25 years and this was one of the best workshops I have ever taken.”
“You could feel Silvia’s fascination and wisdom…very vibrant and enjoyable presence.”


Be Bodywise: The Science of Connection 10/19-10/20
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Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Techniques October 19-20 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: David M. Lang, LMT, MTPT, RMTI-I #0197
Date: October 19-20 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 14
Price: $292 Regular; $264 Early Bird (by September 18) (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.

Quotes from David’s students:

“I have a lot of clients this technique will be useful for.”
“I will apply stretches I learned into my sessions based on client needs. I also have a great self-care tool to keep myself feeling better!’
“The fact that the instructor studied dance and theater made things all the more fun!”


Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Techniques: 10/19-10/20
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ETHICS: Power Differential October 26 (Sat)
Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
Date: October 26 (Sat)
Hours: 4
Price: $75
Time: 9am-1pm
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 10/26
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For information regarding courses, contact us at:
Phone: 505-982-8398 | 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 $75 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.PLEASE NOTE: some classes that we are co-sponsoring with another organization may have a different cancellation policy. This is true for the MLD Certification. Please read that policy at the bottom of the MLD course description.

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