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Upcoming Workshops and Advanced Trainings

Active Isolated Stretching: “The Aaron Mattes Method”

February 16 & 17
June 8 & 9

  • 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.

Trauma-Informed Massage Therapy & Bodywork Training

May 4 & 5

  • Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Cost: $225.00
  • CE’s: 12 hours for AZ Licensure
  • Instructor: Stacie Brock, LMT, RYT, TIYT

Trauma: What it is and what it's not.This workshop will focus on bringing
trauma-informed practices to the table. Come learn and explore the basics of
the physiology and psychobiology of trauma and why trauma has the potential
to impact individuals for years after a traumatic event. Participants will
learn how to assess breathing, posture, and gait in relation to trauma;
participants will also gain a better understanding of basic knowledge,
tools, and techniques which are critical for a trauma-sensitive practice.
This workshop is ideal for LMT's who wish to work with PTSD, General Anxiety
Disorders, depression, ADD/ADHD, addiction recovery, and overall wellbeing.

Stacie Brock, LMT, RYT, TIYT has over a decade of experience working with
clients in multiple bodywork modalities. Her work in healing trauma fully
encompasses the mind-body connection and is based on Trauma-Informed Yoga
Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Structural Integration, and her personal
interests in somatics. As a direct reflection of her own life experiences
and healing path, Stacie founded the Overcoming Trauma Project, an
evidence-based program to help individuals "be" in their bodies. Her work is
highly influenced by Gabor Maté, Peter Levine, and Bessel van der Kolk.

Passive Joint Manipulation and Shoulder Release Techniques

March 30 & 31

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $275, SSM alumni $225
  • CE’s: 15
  • Cheryl Brenman “Cherlita”
  • NCBTMB certified workshop 

You will learn:

  • Easy yet effective ways of opening joints, elongating muscles and freeing body for more movement
  • Shoulder releases working prone, supine and lateral recumbent
  • Expand knowledge of Kinesiology
  • Gain more body awareness
  • Movements for opening Neck and Shoulder girdle for yourself and clients
  • How to take your practice deeper by doing less
  • Get Bodywork…get energized!

“Nice balance of lecture, practice and movement. Clear instruction on each block as we moved through the day…personal attention and feedback, on the spot learning and correction.  Thank you” —Former Student

Medical Massage

January 19 & 20

April 6 & 7

  • 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.

Introduction to The Electrical Brain & Body Connection

March 2 & 3

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $250.00
  • CE’s 16 for AZ Licensing
  • Nina Joy Rizzo, LMT, Reg. Practitioner of Ortho Bionomy

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

June 29 & 30
Dec 7 & 8

  • 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

Myofascial Release Seminar Series

DATES: July 13-19, 2019
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All 3 seminars are for both beginner & advanced myofascial therapists.

Seminars each are 15 CEUs and can be taken on their own for $495 each or together in any combination.

Package price for all 3 = $1185.

50 CEUs for all 3 with extra bonus time.

July 13 & 14, 2019
Fascial Connections

Participants will learn to evaluate postural alignment and tissue texture from a myofascial perspective, find and connect with fascial restrictions, feel barriers and apply proper pressure to achieve tissue release. The focus is directed both on learning the technique of MFR and also on how to apply this technique for maximum effectiveness.

The basic principles & technique of Myofascial Release will be covered as well as advanced treatment techniques with focus on the rotational component and fascial energy activation. This is a powerful technique that aids in releasing stubborn restrictions and encourages the client to engage in treatment.

This class truly makes it easier on the therapist s body while enhancing effectiveness. We go deep into the wisdom in YOUR body so that you receive meaningful treatment yourself while learning and we have fun doing it too.

July 15 Day off or join for Release on the Rocks Day (8 am - 1 pm)

July 16 & 17, 2019
Myofascial Dialoguing Embracing the Restrictions

Knowing how to listen to the messages of the fascial tissue takes Myofascial Release treatment into a whole new dimension of healing!

Learn how to read, listen and dialogue with what your patients & their fascial tissues are truly saying to guide them back into their body to release their tissue restrictions, support unwinding & free their pain.

This class is all about learning to be present during treatment and will serve you in all aspects of life.

July 18 & 19, 2019
Balancing the Pelvis

Balancing the pelvis is the cornerstone of the Myofascial Release Approach. Participants will learn to evaluate the presence of pelvic imbalances and how to bring the pelvis, low back & hips into balanced alignment through myofascial release techniques.

This class emphasizes problem solving through assessment, treatment and movement exercises focused on functional outcomes. It provides very practical and immediately usable application so that you can easily get the results your clients are seeking.

Lori Zeltwanger PT

Lori has been a leader in Myofascial Release for 30 years, with more than a decade teaching with John F. Barnes, training therapists internationally and treating thousands of patients with chronic pain.

She teaches these important concepts from a feminine perspective, which makes your work as a therapist more effective and so much easier on your body.

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

DATES: July 22-August 30, 2019
6 week full immersion program

Application deadline: June 21st, 2019

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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