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Company Name : Soma Institute of Structural Integration
Contact Name :  Jesse Guerrero
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Location : 772 Camano Ave, Suite 101 Langley WA 98260 United States
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Year Established : 1977
More About Soma Institute of Structural Integration

Soma Structural Integration (formerly Soma Neuromuscular Integration®) was developed by Bill Williams, Ph.D. in 1977. As a psychologist, Bill came to realize the vital role that the body plays in achieving deep and lasting psychological change. To this end he taught and collaborated with Ida Rolf in the early development of her well-known fascia manipulation work, Rolfing. It was with her blessing that Williams went on to develop Soma, which embraces the body, mind and spirit as a non-separate whole.

The current generation of Soma continues to value both the sequencing of sessions, successively unwrapping myofascial layers in keeping with Dr. Rolf's original design, as well as Dr. Williams' contribution of active client involvement in the process of change. Innovations in approach, technique, and the training of practitioners continues to influence the evolution of the Soma work today. In addition to Structural Integration, graduate practitioners receive Somatic Movement Education that is developmentally based. Following the original blueprint of the human mobility process, practitioners explore with their clients possibilities for a larger sense of somatic integrity, or wholeness of bodybeing through movement and hands-on work.

Jesse Guerrero and Kelsi Giswold are lead instructors in the program, assisted by Alex Goldstein, Kimberly Lorton, and Vanessa Wood.

The Soma Institute is recognized as one of the major schools of SI by the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI), and is a State and National Massage licensing program. Soma is also accredited and a CE provider with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is licensed by WA State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and the Washington and Oregon Board of Massage.

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Advanced Structural Integration

Embodiment: Bodyreading and Movement Strategies

ADVANCED PRACTITIONER CONTINUING EDUCATION.In this Advanced Training we will be exploring dynamic bodyreading and creative movement education for richer client embodiment and transformation. Innovative benchwork, cueing and visualization strategies, integration approaches and somatic awareness will be explored. Get ready to move and play in your body and learn how to guide others into more awareness and embodiment.Lead Teachers: Jesse Guerrero, Alex Goldstein, Kelsi GiswoldCEU’s: 32 hours (4 Ethics)This course fulfills 1 of the 3 Core Modules required for the Advanced Certificate.

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Bodywork

Soma Essentials: Somassage®

“Deeply inspiring, clear, and highly educational.”—Brighton, 2022 Somassage® attendee and LMT“Quality school, quality instructors and powerful work. Loved it. I’m a massage therapist with 30 years experience and many amazing trainings under my belt and this one may be the most potent! Big body shifts with the effective technique and so well presented. Thank you!”—2023 Somassage® attendee and LMTDeveloped based on the Soma Structural Integration® theories, Somassage® is a stand-alone, specialized form of bodywork that uses the fascial system, specific depth, and directionality to advance the client toward optimal efficiency, ease and wellness. It addresses the full-body organization of the fascial structure while recognizing the unique qualities of each individual. Open to all – those with absolutely no touch experience – as well as massage therapists, this extensively hands-on workshop gives you skills to work with ease while helping your clients feel great. Upon successful completion of the course, the practitioner will gain permission to use the Somassage® trademark and have the pre-requisite foundational knowledge to start our full Soma Structural Integration Certificate program, if they choose.For more info on Somassage®, visit the Somassage® page.Soma Essential Curriculum:How to do a 1.5 hour full-body Somassage® SessionThe language of connective tissueCompression & suspension mechanicsGravitational effects on the bodyHolographic Body Reading – an effective structural analysis modelThree Brain Model  – unifying body and mindHow to use Somassage® for treatment work—extremely effectiveWhole body mechanics: how to work with presence, ease and efficiencyA body mechanics system that saves energy and prevents repetitive motion injurySomassage® theory and hands-on techniquesCE Hours: 32Instructors:Jesse Guerrero— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Instructor- Soma InstituteKelsi Giswold— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Instructor- Soma InstituteKimberly Lorton—L.M.T., Instructor- Soma InstituteVanessa Wood—L.M.T., Instructor- Soma Institute

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Advanced Structural Integration

Craniofacial Harmony— Systemic Relationships: Breath & Posture

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 our clients day to day experience. Important ethical considerations will be discussed for working in the mouth and nose as well.CE Hours: 16 CE’s (2 Ethics)Instructors:Kelsi Giswold— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Co-Director and Instructor- Soma InstituteJesse Guerrero— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Co-Director and Instructor- Soma Institute

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Bodywork

Soma Essentials: Somassage®

“Deeply inspiring, clear, and highly educational.”—Brighton, 2022 Somassage® attendee and LMT“Quality school, quality instructors and powerful work. Loved it. I’m a massage therapist with 30 years experience and many amazing trainings under my belt and this one may be the most potent! Big body shifts with the effective technique and so well presented. Thank you!”—2023 Somassage® attendee and LMTDeveloped based on the Soma Structural Integration® theories, Somassage® is a stand-alone, specialized form of bodywork that uses the fascial system, specific depth, and directionality to advance the client toward optimal efficiency, ease and wellness. It addresses the full-body organization of the fascial structure while recognizing the unique qualities of each individual. Open to all – those with absolutely no touch experience – as well as massage therapists, this extensively hands-on workshop gives you skills to work with ease while helping your clients feel great. Upon successful completion of the course, the practitioner will gain permission to use the Somassage® trademark and have the pre-requisite foundational knowledge to start our full Soma Structural Integration Certificate program, if they choose.For more info on Somassage®, visit the Somassage® page.Soma Essential Curriculum:How to do a 1.5 hour full-body Somassage® SessionThe language of connective tissueCompression & suspension mechanicsGravitational effects on the bodyHolographic Body Reading – an effective structural analysis modelThree Brain Model  – unifying body and mindHow to use Somassage® for treatment work—extremely effectiveWhole body mechanics: how to work with presence, ease and efficiencyA body mechanics system that saves energy and prevents repetitive motion injurySomassage® theory and hands-on techniquesCE Hours: 32Instructors:Jesse Guerrero— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Instructor- Soma InstituteKelsi Giswold— L.M.T., Advanced Soma Practitioner, Instructor- Soma InstituteKimberly Lorton—L.M.T., Instructor- Soma InstituteVanessa Wood—L.M.T., Instructor- Soma Institute

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