CE Schedule

2020 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

Stay tuned! We will be adding lots more classes soon!

Please click on the dates below the class title to find out more
and to register.

January

Intuitive Presence: Introduction January 18 (Saturday)
Date: Cathy Black, M.A.
Date: January 18 (Saturday)
Hours: 8
Price: $160; $144 Early Bird (by Dec. 17)
Time: 9am - 6pm
Course Description:


Open yourself to this nourishing, relaxing weekend of intuitive energywork. Learn about the nature of your intuition, the underlying power of intention and the value of presence as you explore new directions in yourself and your work. Meditations, movement, and clothed exchanges are used in this very supportive group.

Cathy Black

Instructor: Cathy Black, M.A. began working with healing, massage, and meditation in 1980. She has worked with individuals and groups in Intuitive Massage and Intuitive Healing, including the Healing Quality of Touch. She is a minister in the Unity of All Life, and she graduated with a Master’s degree in Intuitive Healing and Facilitation from Lesley University. Cathy is co-owner of the Santa Fe School of Massage and currently focuses her practice and teaching on cultivating healing presence and subtle energy awareness.

Intuitive Presence: Introduction 01/18/2020
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February

Meditation and Mindfulness for Bodyworkers February 8 (Sat)
Instructor: Sean Murphy, MFA
Date: February 8 (Sat)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; Early Bird $144 (by January 7)
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. https://www.sagetaos.com/


Meditation & Mindful ness for Bodyworkers: 2/8/2020
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March

Pregnancy Massage March 20-22 (Fri-Sun)
Instructor: Julianna Santillanes, LMT #8823, NCBTMB, RMTI #I-0592
Date: March 20-22 (Fri-Sun)
Hours: 21 hours
Price: $460 Regular/$416 Early Bird (by February 19)
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).This course is offered under Julianna’s AP Providership.


Pregnancy Massage 3/20-3/22
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A Day of Reflexology March 28 (Sat)
Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
Date: March 28 (Sat)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by February 27)
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 3/28/20
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May

A Day of Reflexology May 30 (Sat)
Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
Date: May 30 (Sat)
Hours: 8
Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by April 29)
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 5/30/20
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August

Neuromuscular Therapy: Postural Analysis & Myofascial Release Aug. 8-9 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: Aug. 8-9 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by July 7)
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 8/8-8/9/2020
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Ortho-Bionomy® Basics: Spine and Pelvis August 22-23 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Christina Montes de Oca, BA, LMT, RAIO-B
Date: August 22-23 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $320 Regular; $288 Early Bird (by July 21)
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 (Expiration date. 9/20/2020). This course is offered under Christina’s AP Providership.

“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 8/22-8/23/20
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Neuromuscular Therapy: Groundwork and Simple Deviations Aug 29-30, 2020 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
Date: Aug 29-30, 2020 (Sat-Sun)
Hours: 16 hours
Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by July 28)
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: Groundwork & Simple Deviations 8/29-8/30
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September

Massage for People Living with Cancer September 11 - 13 (Fri-Sun)
Instructor: Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT
Date: September 11 - 13 (Fri-Sun)
Hours: 24 hours
Price: $490 Regular; $440 Early Bird (by August 10)
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 MacDonald

    Instructor: 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). This course is offered under OMEA’s AP Providership.

  • Massage for People with Cancer 9/11-9/13
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    A Day of Reflexology September 23 (Wed)
    Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
    Date: September 23 (Wed)
    Hours: 8
    Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by August 22)
    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 9/23/20
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    A Second Day of Reflexology September 25 (Fri)
    Instructor: Jim Williams, MAR
    Date: September 25 (Fri)
    Hours: 8
    Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by August 24)
    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 9/25/20
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    Neuromuscular Therapy: Pelvic Rotations Sept 26-27, 2020 (Sat/Sun)
    Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
    Date: Sept 26-27, 2020 (Sat/Sun)
    Hours: 16 hours
    Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by Aug 25)
    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 9/26-9/27/2020
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    October

    Side-lying Massage October 2, 2020 (Fri)
    Instructor: Julianna Santillanes, LMT #8823, NCBTMB, RMTI #I-0592
    Date: October 2, 2020 (Fri)
    Hours: 8 hours
    Price: $160 Regular/$144 Early Bird (by September 1, 2020)
    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). This course is offered under Julianna’s AP Providership.

    Side-lying Massage 10/2/20
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    ETHICS: Power Differential October 2 (Fri)
    Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
    Date: October 2 (Fri)
    Hours: 4
    Price: $75
    Time: 2pm - 6pm
    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 25 years. In her work, she embraces the whole person, including the psychological, mental and physical aspects of well-being. She designs and facilitates experiential workshops that foster self-knowledge and self-care. She teaches and presents regularly at conferences on topics of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and action methods. Silvia holds a MA and a certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatics and Action Methods from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    ETHICS: Power Differential 10/2/20
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    Meditation and Mindfulness for Bodyworkers October 3 (Sat)
    Instructor: Sean Murphy, MFA
    Date: October 3 (Sat)
    Hours: 8
    Price: $160 Regular; Early Bird $144 (by September 2)
    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. https://www.sagetaos.com/

    Meditation & Mindfulness for Bodyworkers: 10/3/2020
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    ETHICS: For the Experienced Practitioner October 9 (Friday)
    Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI-I #041
    Date: October 9 (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 over three decades. She maintains a private practice in both Massage Therapy and Psychotherapy in Santa Fe, NM. She studied Hakomi Body-centered 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, and Ethics and the Therapeutic Relationship. She officially “retired” from teaching in the massage program at the end of 2018, but we are incredibly fortunate to have her still teaching in our continuing education programs. 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 10/9/20
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    Meditation and Mindfulness for Bodyworkers (In Taos!) October 10 (Sat)
    Instructor: Sean Murphy, MFA
    Date: October 10 (Sat)
    Hours: 8
    Price: $160 Regular; Early Bird $144 (by September 9)
    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: 10/10/2020 (In Taos!)
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    Be BodyWise: The Science of Connection October 10-11 (Sat - Sun)
    Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
    Date: October 10-11 (Sat - Sun)
    Hours: 12 hours
    Price: $240 Regular; $216 Early Bird (by September 9)
    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 Silvia has been addressing the body-mind-soul connection in her private practice “Interactive Bodytherapy” for the past 25 years. In her work, she embraces the whole person, including the psychological, mental and physical aspects of well-being. She designs and facilitates experiential workshops that foster self-knowledge and self-care. She teaches and presents regularly at conferences on topics of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and action methods. Silvia holds a MA and a certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatics and Action Methods from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    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 10/10-10/11/20
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    A Day of Polarity Therapy! (In Taos!) October 11 (Sun)
    Instructor: Shanna Marsh, MA, RPE, PTP
    Date: October 11 (Sun)
    Hours: 8
    Price: $160 Regular; $144 Early Bird (by September 10)
    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 who has been in practice for 15 years. Both her private sessions and workshops celebrate Polarity as an art and science. Her 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! 10/11/20
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    ETHICS: Boundaries and Communication October 16 (Friday)
    Instructor: Bear Sahlfeld, LPC, LMT, RMTI-I #041
    Date: October 16 (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 over three decades. She maintains a private practice in both Massage Therapy and Psychotherapy in Santa Fe, NM. She studied Hakomi Body-centered 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, and Ethics and the Therapeutic Relationship. She officially “retired” from teaching in the massage program at the end of 2018, but we are incredibly fortunate to have her still teaching in our continuing education programs. 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 10/16/20
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    Neuromuscular Therapy: Scoliosis Oct 17-18, 2020 (Sat/Sun)
    Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
    Date: Oct 17-18, 2020 (Sat/Sun)
    Hours: 16 hours
    Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by Sept 16)
    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 10/17-10/18/2020
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    ETHICS: Dual Relationships October 23 (Fri)
    Instructor: Silvia Stenitzer, MA, LPCC, LMT #0060
    Date: October 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 Silvia has been addressing the body-mind-soul connection in her private practice “Interactive Bodytherapy” for the past 25 years. In her work, she embraces the whole person, including the psychological, mental and physical aspects of well-being. She designs and facilitates experiential workshops that foster self-knowledge and self-care. She teaches and presents regularly at conferences on topics of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and action methods. Silvia holds a MA and a certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatics and Action Methods from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    ETHICS: Dual Relationships 10/23/20
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    Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Techniques October 24-25 (Sat-Sun)
    Instructor: David M. Lang, LMT, MTPT, RMTI-I #0197
    Date: October 24-25 (Sat-Sun)
    Hours: 14
    Price: $325 Regular; $293 Early Bird (by Sept 23) (includes supplies)
    Time: 9am-5pm
    Course Description:

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

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

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

    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: 10/24-10/25/2020
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    November

    Neuromuscular Therapy: Forward Head Posture and TMJ November 6-7 (Fri-Sat).
    Instructor: Kathleen Lesh Smith, LMT, RMTI #I-0459, CNMT, PTA
    Date: November 6-7 (Fri-Sat).
    Hours: 16 hours
    Price: $340 Regular; $306 Early Bird (by Oct 5)
    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 11/6-11/7/2020
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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.