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Upcoming Workshops and Advanced Trainings

Active Isolated Stretching: “The Aaron Mattes Method”


June 24 & 25

  • 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.

Passive Joint Manipulation and Shoulder Release Techniques

April 26 & 27 (Wednesday & Thursday)

  • 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

Self Care is Health Care-Jin Shin Jyutsu

June 10 & 11

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $275.00 early bird discount $225, (paid two weeks prior)
  • CE’s 16 for AZ Licensing
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brenman "Cherlita"

What 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 balancee
  • 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 layperson, 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.

Introduction to Cranial Sacral Therapy

April 22, 23 & 24
July 7. 8 & 9

  • Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $450.00
  • Early bird discount- $375 if you reserve your space by 3/24/2023 & 6/9/2023
  • CE's 24 for AZ Licensing, 21 for NCBTMB
  • This is a 3-Day workshop for 24 CE's or attend 1-Day for 8 CE's
    or 2-Days for 16 CE's
  • Nina Joy Rizzo, LMT, Reg. Practitioner of Ortho Bionomy
  • NCBTMB certified workshop

This class will teach the student the basics of Cranial Sacral Therapy, the Craniosacral System, production of the Cranial Sacral Fluid and the palpation of the Craniosacral Rhythm. This course begins with a brief history and development of the modality and then jumps right in-- offering hands on self-perception labs that will give the student a self-experiential understanding that will assist their development of subtle touch therapy.

Students will learn how to perceive the flexion and extension of the CSR and continue to work with that rhythm as a foundation, building on to it with an array of different techniques, as each lab is presented. Students will also be introduced to working with 3 and 4 planes of fascia by means of "stacking" in order to assist diaphragm releases.

The basic understanding of the diaphragms in relationship to the Chakras will be presented as well as a basic review of the O/A region, brain-stem and Cranial Nerves as well as a fresh perspective of TMJ and a basic compression/decompression technique to assist with TMJ disorder.

Advanced Cranial-Sacral~ Dural, Osseous & Sutural Releases

April 28, 29 & 30

July 14, 15 & 16

  • Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $450.00
  • $375 Early bird discount-Reserve your space by 3/24/2023 & 6/9/2023
  • 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

February 18 & 19
October 14 & 15

  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: $325.00 - Early Bird Discount $275 prior to 1/13/2023 & 9/15/2023
  • 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.

120 Hour Certification in An Awareness Based Approach to Structural Integration

DATES: July 17-August 25, 2023
6 week full immersion program

Application deadline: June 16, 2023

In this 120 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, part-time Intensive, with class scheduled for Monday Friday, from 4:00pm 8:00pm.

“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: $2500.00
Application Fee: $50
Books: $50.00
A $500 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program.

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.

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.!


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Sedona, AZ. 86336
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