CE Courses

Continuing education courses should be inspiring. With the Soma Institute you’ll build your therapeutic skills and knowledge. You’ll broaden your client communication and connection skills. Most importantly, you’ll deepen your awe for the human body. All of our CE courses are based on the concepts, theories, techniques and body mechanics of Soma Structural Integration.

Upcoming CE Courses: TBA


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Past Course—Craniofacial Harmony: Systemic Relationships, Breath and Posture

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Is tongue posture affecting the structure of your clients’ mouth? How do allergies relate to forward head posture? Could these hidden details be the key to success in your clients with complex craniofacial disorders? And, what’s all the hype about nasal breathing and lip taping?

Kelsi Giswold and Jesse Guerrero will guide you in an exploration of the structural ramifications of tongue and lip position, head posture, nose vs. mouth breathing, and TMJ pathologies seeking to deepen our understanding of intra-oral work. We will refine our palpation, assessment and treatment skills as well as learn specific movement education pieces that can be directly applied to our clients day to day experience. Important ethical considerations will be discussed for working in the mouth and nose as well. This course will deepen your skill, confidence and knowledge around this vital and influential part of the human being.

CE Hours: 16 CE’s (2 Ethics)
This course is open to all massage and Structural Integration Practitioners that hold already hold an Intra Oral Endorsement. Prerequisite WA Intraoral Endorsement.

Instructors:
Kelsi Giswold— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Co-Director and Instructor- Soma Institute
Jesse Guerrero— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Co-Director and Instructor- Soma Institute

Class is from 9am to 6pm.

Cost:  $450

This course meets Oregon and Washington state massage CEU requirements. For other states, please check your state requirements.


Past Course—Uncaging the Ribs: The Tensegrity of Breath

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How do the ribs rotate?
How does the ribcage dictate the movement of the thoracic spine?
How do we work with Asthmatics within the physical and emotional material that arises from the chest?

Together the respiratory diaphragm and ribcage guide the spinal dynamics of the thoracic curve, encase the vital organs of the lung and heart, govern our sense of self and space, and is moved by the vital lumbo-dorsal hinge.

Although our thoracic body contains 38 joints and various highly mobile connective tissues, we often do not account for the specific elements that allow the tensegrity of these structures to inspire.

Jesse will guide you through specific work with the respiratory diaphragm including ideas for rib/facet release, sternoclavicular work, breathwork and breathing assessment along with upper psoas, abdominal visceral and lung release. He will share his insights regarding the diaphragm as well as perspective on the possible impacts and goals achievable through advanced diaphragm work.

CE Hours: 16 CE’s (2 Ethics)

Instructors:
Jesse Guerrero— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Instructor- Soma Institute

Class is from 9am to 6pm. (2 days)

Cost:  $450

This course meets Oregon and Washington state massage CEU requirements. For other states, please check your state requirements. This course is IASI approved.


Past Course—Becoming Whole: Integrating the “Soma”
Exploring the essentials of body psychology, client relationships and self-integration.

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How can we be more present while we work? How can, and does, our internal presence change the connection with our clients and the container for their transformations? What does Integration really mean and how can we support our clients (and selves) in finding it? Where does trauma and “emotional releases” fit in? Join us for four days of deep exploration, connection and awe.

Instructors:
Jesse Guerrero— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Co-Director and Instructor- Soma Institute
Jennifer Lovejoy— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Creator of the Embodied Presence Mastery Program & Practitioner Training
Kelsi Giswold— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Co-Director and Instructor- Soma Institute

CEU’s: 32 hours (4 Ethics)

This course fulfills 1 of the 3 Core Modules required for the Advanced Certificate.

This course meets Oregon and Washington state massage CEU requirements. For other states, please check your state requirements.


Past Course—Ethics of Diversity, Naming our Isms—
Visiting Teacher: Gracielx Lopez, Raiz Therapeutics

Do you feel a sense of something missing in your practice as far as how you can better support your community in your bodywork practice?
Do you hope to learn tools to better serve your BIPOC, Transgender clients and those with disabilities bodies of size?

If so, I invite you to take Ethics of Diversity, Naming our Isms, a unique CEU course opportunity, as Gracielx will be coming all the way from NM to invite us to:

• Follow the lead of brilliant somatic, Racial and Disability Justice educators such as Resmaa MenakemSonya Renee TaylorLayla Saad, Prentis Hemphill, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna- Samarasinha.

• Look inwards to discover how bias has shaped our beliefs & nervous systems.

• Co-Create and practice somatic tools and resources to shift the ways racism & bias shows up in our physical bodies.

CE Hours: 4 NCBTMB approved Ethics CEUs

Open to all LMT’s and bodyworkers.

Visiting Instructor:
Gracielx Lopez, Raiz Therapeutics (they/them/elle)

Class is from 2pm to 6pm.

(Course not affiliated with the Soma Institute or its programs)


 

Refund Policy—Covid Exposures or Illness:

  • If an attendee is exposed or sick with Covid within 10 days of the workshop they will be asked to stay home and be issued a full refund (minus ~ $15 of Eventbrite registration fees).
  • If an attendee becomes sick or exposed after they have begun attending, then their registration will be transferred to another, future Soma Essentials workshop, to be taken within 2 years.

Refund Policy—General Cancellations (Non Covid):

  • Cancellation made greater than 30 days before the start of the course—90% of payment refund.
  • Cancellations made between 30 days and 12 days before the start of the course—50% payment refund.
  • Cancellation made between 12 and 0 days before the start of the course—no refund.

A minimum number of participants is required to hold the workshop, if the number is not met you will be notified and refunded 15- 30 days prior to the workshop.

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