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Upcoming Workshops and Advanced Trainings

Active Isolated Stretching: “The Aaron Mattes Method”

June 6 & 7

September 19 & 20

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $275.00 - $225 for SSM Alumni
  • CE’s 16 for AZ Licensing
  • Instructor: Damian O. Matthews, LMT.

This 2 day workshop is designed for professional Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Personal Trainers, Yoga instructors, etc who are interested in adding this powerful modality to their skill set. By participating in this advanced training you will learn to identify, isolate, and treat muscles individually through the use of manual manipulation, specific stretching techniques and special strength training through the entire range of motion.

Damian is a licensed Massage Therapist, certified massage instructor and has been actively pursuing the art and science of body work since 1992. As an educator, he has a unique zeal for the information he shares and his lively group discussions foster an environment of mutual respect and learning.

Medical Massage

January 18 & 19
November 14 & 15

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $275.00 - $225 for SSM Alumni
  • CE’s 16 for AZ Licensing
  • Instructor: Damian O. Matthews, LMT

In this 2 day workshop we offer the participants a chance to better understand the therapeutic application of massage therapy's affect on medical conditions. Through the process of assessment and evaluation the practitioner will be able to identify and treat a wide range of diseases. Upon completion of this workshop the therapist will have an understanding that medical massage is a mindset not a technique.

Myofascial Techniques for the Neck and Shoulder Girdle

February 22 & 23

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $275.00
  • CE’s 16 for AZ Licensing
  • Instructor: Nancy Matthews, LMT

Would you like more expertise in working to free up the neck & shoulder?

What you will learn:

  • A & P of the Connective Tissue System
  • Kinesiology of the neck & shoulder girdle
  • How to go "deep" not "hard"
  • Specific techniques for freeing up areas of chronic holding and congestion

Come join us for a weekend of relaxation and exploration, as we dive into: A & P, Kinesiology, Movement, Massage and Human Potential! This workshop is an introduction to Structural Integration.

Advanced Techniques for the Pelvis and Release of Birth Trauma

March 21 & 22

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $335 ($295 early bird); SSM Alumni: $295 ($245 early bird)
  • 16 for AZ Licensing, 15 for NCBTMB. Students of Ortho-Bionomy® receive 16 credits toward their practitioner or advanced practitioner program certification.
  • Instructor: Bettina Joy Beaucamp, BA, Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy®
    Bettina has been a healing arts practitioner for more than 35 years. She is obsessed with finding ever more effective ways to support her clients and students. Besides having studied many different types of bodywork, Bettina incorporates her training in psychology, neuroscience, Human Design, movement, art, meditation and her connection with source energy for her work.

In this class you will:

  • Learn super effective, gentle and respectful release techniques for the pelvic girdle (the work will be done with clothes on and there will be no internal work)

You will learn techniques:

  • To relieve sciatic pain, lower back pain, for balancing a rotated pelvis and chronic short leg syndrome, and to increase mobility in the pelvic girdle.
  • Discover some of the connections between held emotions and physical symptoms.
  • Be given tools to support your clients who have given birth.
  • Learn a physical rebirthing technique that rewires the nervous system and psyche for those who were taken by C-section, experienced cord wrap, breech birth, prolonged labor etc.
  • In addition, you will have the opportunity to get relief and healing yourself, if you have experienced trauma during birth; this could be your own birth, or when giving birth to your child, or if you witnessed a difficult birth.

If you feel shy or do not have any birth trauma, no worries; some of the work will be done in groups, so not everyone needs to receive the work.

Class size is limited to 12 students to make sure you receive plenty of one-on-one attention.

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Advanced Kinesiology

August 22 & 23

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $275.00
  • CE’s 16 for AZ Licensing
  • Instructor: Damian O. Matthews, LMT, CSI

An advanced look at kinesiology to deepen your understanding of the musculature, origin, insertion and action.  You will learn techniques for working very specifically with all muscles of the body.

Passive Joint Manipulation and Shoulder Release Techniques

June 13 & 14

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $275.00
  • CE’s 15 for AZ Licensing
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brenman "Cherlita"
  • NCBTMB certified workshop

What you will learn:

  • Easy, yet effective ways of opening joints, elongating muscles and freeing
    body for more movement
  • Shoulder releases working body supine, prone and sideline
  • Expand knowledge of Kinesiology
  • Gain more body awareness at the table and daily life
  • Movements for opening neck and shoulders for yourself and clients
  • How to take your practice deeper by doing less
  • Get bodywork--get energized

"A nice rhythmic balance of lecture, practice and movement. Clear instruction on each block as we moved through the day. such personal attention and feedback, on the spot learning and correction. Thank you." — former student

Advanced Cranial-Sacral~ Dural, Osseous & Sutural Releases

August 7, 8,9

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $425.00
  • $375 Early bird discount-Reserve your space by 3/15/2020
  • CE’s 24 for AZ Licensing, 21 for NCBTMB
  • Nina Joy Rizzo,  LMT, Reg. Practitioner of Ortho Bionomy
  • NCBTMB certified workshop

This class is based in Integrated Manual Therapy that is specific to the Dural Releases.

In this 3 day workshop we will be working with each of the Cranial bones to access the dural and cortical region and subcortical regions of the brain.

We will access and work with this region in 3 different ways, via;
Osseous releases- Working directly with each of the cranial bones
Sutural releases- Specifically working with the sutures that connect each of the cranial bones
Dural releases- Working with the Dura which is attached to the above mentioned and surround cortical and subcortical regions.

Prior to doing the Osseous, Sutural & Dural Releases students will work with the 4 diaphragms in the body-- Pelvic, Respiratory, Thoracic, Hyoid, and 2 in the cranium considered to be the Vertical and Horizontal vault holds. Addressing these diaphragms enable the student to assist the body to balance and integrate the changes which occur in the body, from working with the different cranial holds.

Introduction to The Electrical Brain & Body Connection

July 11 &12
October 17 & 18

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $$295.00 - Early Bird Discount $265 prior to 6/10/2020 and 9/15/2020
  • CE's 16 for AZ Licensing, 14 for NCBTMB
  • Nina Joy Rizzo, LMT, Reg. Practitioner of Ortho Bionomy
  • NCBTMB certified workshop

This class will give you an electrical and new perspective on the Body/Mind. In the first part of this class, you will learn the very basics on how to listen into the body with your hands, to perceive lesion chains or lines of tension, which actually create the pain we feel in our bodies. The second part of this class, you will learn to palpate and "hear" the subtle electrical signals conducted from the brain (which is your hard drive), to the individual organs in the body, thus, helping to increase, resynchronize, and, reconnect any signals that may have been lost, aberrant or disconnected.

Nina graduated in 1989 from Mueller College of Holistic Studies, San Diego, CA. Years later, coming to Sedona, Nina graduated from the Sedona School of Massage and continued her education in Ortho-Bionomy. Currently Nina is a registered Advanced Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy, an Upledger graduate and a current student of the Barral Institute. Nina has also spent the last 8 years in private practice working with a Hands-On Advanced Osteopathic Manual Therapist. Together, they write stimulating curriculum based on an array of traditional Osteopathic manual therapies, creating lessons that join theory with practice. A natural teacher, filled with an unquenchable thirst for a deeper and broader understanding of the body, Nina has doubled her passion by sharing her knowledge with her clients and students.

Self Care is Health Care - Jin Shin Jytsu

Aug 17 & 18
Dec 5 &6

  • Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Cost: $275, SSM alumni, $225
  • CE’s 15 for AZ Licensing
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brenman "Cherlita"
  • NCBTMB certified workshop

You will learn:
- Simple hands-on sequences to bring greater balance to the body.
- How our emotions affect our physical body and how to bring them into balance
- Movements to unlock neck, shoulders and low back tension and pain
- How energy moves in the body
- Simple, yet effective meditation skills
- Tools to help yourself and clients manage stress, body aches and pains

Cherlita is a 1981 graduate of Mueller College of Holistic Studies, San Diego, CA. She has had a private practice in Sedona since 1984. She is also certified in Structural Integration. With a degree in education, and former school teacher, she has taught massage for the lay person, infant massage classes, self help classes in Jin Shin Jyutsu, movement and yoga. Her love of teaching and willingness to share her knowledge is tangible and a gift to her students.

"Cherlita is and amazing and enthusiastic teacher, and the class is relaxing and enjoyable! I recommend it to massage therapists, medical professionals and lay people."
— former student

300 Hour Certification in An Awareness Based Approach to Structural Integration
Deepen Your Understanding and Effectiveness as a Massage Therapist!

DATES: July 20-August28, 2020
6 week full immersion program

Application deadline: June 19, 2020

In this 300 hour intensive, you will have the time, the space, and the invitation, to slow down your process, and to start to notice what is really true for you.

This body of work facilitates greater awareness and the ability to live a more fully embodied life.

We will be working with the myofascial system, to improve the overall functioning of the body/mind. Patterns of chronic holding and congestion in the tissues impair the free flow of precious fluids and nutrients to the cells of the body, leaving parts of ourselves shut down or deadened. This affects not only posture, organs and whole systems but also our perceptions and ways of being in the world. This work is a skillful and effective means of opening the pathways by which we are fed. You will learn to work “deep”, not “hard”, to free up the connective tissues, the medium in which all the metabolic processes occur. As the body opens, we experience less restriction, fuller range of motion, more balanced alignment and a sense of freedom and well being. In a contemplative setting, you will learn a ten session model of very specific techniques for releasing the whole body. We will also be integrating the work of Aaron Mattes, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), which enhances the work and gives great tools for stretching your clients.

We will be drawing on the work of Ida Rolf, cutting edge cell biologist James Oschman, Bruce Lipton, Neuroscientist Candace Pert and others, to gain a deeper understanding of the actual science that supports the body/mind union

• Technique of ten session bodywork
• Body reading
• Awareness facilitation & Therapeutic skills
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Kinesiology
• Active Isolated Stretching

This is a 6 week, full time Intensive, with class scheduled for Monday – Friday, from 9:00am – 5:00. There is also a clinic practicum Wednesday evening and Saturday morning.

“The highest function of education is to bring about an integrated individual, who is capable of dealing with life as a whole."
—J. Krishnamurti

In this training we will be working with a model of awareness and self empowerment, rather then a “fix it mentality” Although many conditions are improved and often resolved with this work, it’s working with the understanding that “awareness precedes transformation”. If I’m not aware of what my patterns of holding are…there is no hope of change. As soon as I become aware of what I’m doing…there lies the opportunity for change.

“You can’t do what you want, until you know what you’re doing”
—Moshe Feldenkreis

Tuition: $3500.00
Application Fee: $50
Books: $150.00
A $500 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program.. Remaining tuition is due the first day of class.

Refund policy: If the class is canceled there will be a 100% refund. If the student cancels by June 20th, all monies minus a $100 administration fee will be refunded. After June 20th, there will be no refund.

Nancy Matthews
Nancy Matthews is the Owner/Director of the Sedona School of Massage. She has 20 years teaching experience, having been part of the core staff at the Florida School of Massage from 1987 – 1995, and as Co-Owner/Director at the Arizona School of Integrative Studies from 1996 – 2001. Her teaching style is dynamic, weaving together the art and science of bodywork. Her life’s journey has been one of inquiry, a looking into the very nature of our beingness and human potential!

Damian Matthews, LMT, CSI
Damian is a Certified Structural Integrator and Certified Massage Instructor who has been actively pursuing the art and science of bodywork since 1992. As an educator, he has a unique zeal for the information he shares, and his lively group discussions foster an environment of mutual respect and learning. He teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Active Isolated Stretching, Nomadics Movement and an introduction to Polarity Therapy. Damian's teaching style is dynamic and inspires a life long love of learning.!

For more information or to request an application please contact:

Sedona School of Massage
2945 Southwest Dr .
Sedona, AZ. 86336
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