Forum 18 - January 2019

January 24th from 6 - 8 pm for our first Forum of 2019.

This Forum will be all about giving and receiving. We will be trying new moves, explaining our favorites, sharing all those strokes that have proven effective and indulging in an exchange of technique and presence.

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Forum 13 - August 2018

The Completion Technique works with the Chinese meridians which nd at the fingers and toes. Activating the meridian will help patterns in the musculature to dissipate easier. The chi in the meridians will run long after the massage is over, allowing your client to have longer lasting results. 

When we complete something it is honoring and nurturing -- this is felt in a session and is comforting to the client.

This is a great technique o utilize hen you only have time to, just say "hello" to a body part. 

t's great for an opening move or a final move on any area.

And mostly, the completion technique feels incredible.

What we’ll cover: discuss completion, when to use the completion technique, why is it more effective than less complete strokes, the four parts to a completion stroke, and how to execute.

CE units for national licence.

Tonia Lach, The BodySong Novato

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Forum 12 - July 2018

Essential Oils for Healing: Self Care & Integrating into Massage Therapy

Natural Health Solutions with a focus on healing ourselves and others physically and energetically.

Take your healing to the next level utilizing the high vibration gifts of the earth essential oils.  With this lifestyle education workshop, you will be empowered with the resources to reach wellness goals holistically and learn techniques for self-care and preventative care.

Essential Oils are 50-70 times more concentrated than herbs and a powerful healing source for you and your family Aromatically, Topically and Internally. 

Incorporate essential oils into your daily lives and practice for improved energy, elevated mood, sleep, relaxation and stress reduction, immune system support, detoxification, hormonal balance, muscle and joint aches, healthy skin and hair, digestive support and other unlimited health benefits. Come on a journey to harmonize our body's rhythms for profound healing.

Led by Elizabeth Mantia, Soulstice Spa, Sausalito

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Forum 11 - June 2018

Forum by Maria Alfaro, TRE and Neurogenic Yoga Certification Trainer & Provider. 

TRE - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises - is a simple, gentle, and profound technique that facilitates lengthening and relaxation of the psoas and release of physical and emotional tension and stress. TRE tires the legs which triggers an involuntary shaking and trembling response. This natural response is the nervous system's way of discharging long-held tension and unconscious body contraction in order to restore the body to wholeness.

Soulstice Spa, Sausalito

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Forum 10 - May 2018

Art Therapy

Jackie Tabb will be taking us down a self-reflective and creative path into the world of Art Therapy. It will be specially focused on embodiment and through the lense of the artist as a bodyworker. Wear comfy clothes and the rest of the supplies (pencils, charcoal, pastels and such - no paint), will be provided. 

Soulstice Spa, Sausalito

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Forum 9 - April 2018

Take a moment for yourself and your practice to learn, observe, and integrate. 

This Forum will bring you aspects of acupressure and other modalities to inspire stillness and quiet in your sessions with clients. 


Intro - get to know Tonia, each other, and the technique
Demo - watch a sequence of special points and how/where to hold and pause
Trade - practice on each other what we just learned
Recap - thoughts, feelings, ideas about our experience 

You can receive CEU's for attending this Forum!

At Soulstice Spa in Sausalito, led by Tonia Lach

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Forum 8 - March 2018

Somatica and Meditation with Padma Gordon at The Bodysong 

  • Silent meditation

  • Dropping into our bodies

  • Sensory Tracking & witnessing practices

  • Sharing space while being present

  • Discussions on practical applications of meditation and maintaining boundaries

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Forum 7 - January 2018

Matrix of Healing with Rachael Angelese at The Bodysong

  • Practicing Somatic exercises

  • Learning theories on connective tissue and fascial lines

  • Experiencing of "the wave" in the body

  • Practicing spine touching, getting comfortable with palpation of vertebrae

  • Identifying contraction patterns connected to the sympathetic nervous system

  • Educational and experiential - receiving short lecture and hands-on from Rachael

  • Trading touch using the MOH approach

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Forum 6 - December 2017

Kam Leitner, massage therapist at The BodySong

  • Functional Movement System
  • Learning key advantages of using the system to assess clients
  • Understanding functional movement patterns 
  • Adapting exercises to specific needs
  • Using the "kit" to discover our own dysfunctions and strengths
  • Practicing various FMS exercises geared toward Range of Motion improvement, using resistance bands. 

Forum 5 - November 2017

Kam Leitner, massage therapist at The SelfCare Studio 

  • Abhyanga Indian Sesame Oil Massage 
  • Learning about Marma points
  • Practicing a therapeutic breast massage approach 
  • Self care through the use of daily Abhyanga


Forum 4 - October 2017

Amy Shouse; acupuncturist at The SelfCare Studio 

  • Money Mindset of Bodyworkers 
  • Writing a "letter to money" to understand our "money story"
  • Discussions on money blocks
  • Learning about gurus who help with abundance mentality
  • Group discussion about our struggles and joys around money 
  • Book lending to research methods in generating more income from private practices
  • Covering chakra points in the body relating to money and security and how to access these points through body work


Forum 3 - September 2017


Tobi Lessem and guest Rachael Angelese at The SelfCare Studio

  • Lomi Lomi, Hawaiian Massage 
  • Native Hawaiian food - Poi, pineapple, poki 
  • Poi Poetry 
  • Kakui Nut oils 
  • Toe stone exercise to promote grounding 
  • Ho'oponono practice 
  • Hands on Lomi Lomi neck and abdominal sequence 


Forum 2 - August 2017

Tobi Lessem at The SelfCare Studio

  • Cleansing & Lymphatic Drainage
  • Organ cleansing foods
  • Lymphatic sequence including abdominal work
  • Understanding seasonal cleanses by way of Traditional Chinese Medicine 


Forum 1 - June 2017

Audrey Rouimiguiere and Ruben Rocha at The SelfCare Studio

  • Introductions, getting to know the Selfcare Studio and practitioners 
  • Learning about what practitioners want from a Forum
  • Trading massage
  • Art therapy session