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1-day Workshop:
Understanding & Applying
Cervical Spinal Mechanics

San Francisco, California     Sunday, May 7th, 2023
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.7 CPTA CE Hours


$250 ($210 before 2/28/23)

Come join Marty Morales in San Francisco for a 1-day workshop all about cervical spinal mechanics. This workshop is specifically geared toward Physical Therapists to help you combine the knowledge of Cervical Spinal Mechanics with skilled palpation and tissue work to relieve neck pain in your patients.


In this workshop, we'll take a deep dive into Fryette's Laws as they relate to the cervical vertebra to help us work with vertebral rotations that may be causing our patient's pain. We'll learn how to apply assessments and spinal mechanics to create specific techniques to address the unique needs of each patient. Read below for the workshop description, registration link, and FAQs!

There's a limited number of spots available for this workshop so make sure to save your seat and register by clicking the button below before registration closes on May 5th, 2023!

Cost: $335 (Early Bird Special $295 before 1/11/23)

Where: San Francisco School of Massage

475 Valencia Street – 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Date: Sunday, May 7th, 2023  

Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm


            8 NCBTMB CEUs


Cervical Spinal Mechanics

May 6th, 2023 9am-6pm

with Marty Morales Certified Advanced Rolfer®, CMT

Program Description: Students will learn how vertebrae behave in movement using Fryette’s Law (a set of three laws pertaining to skeletal anatomy named after Harrison Fryette, DO.). We will then explore how to apply this knowledge of vertebral movement to our tissue work. Students learn how to work the tissue attaching to the spinous processes (and other parts of the vertebrae) along with gentle movements to bring about de-rotation of rotated vertebra. We will also cover how to visually assess a patient to determine whether a vertebral rotation may be happening before confirming findings with palpation assessment. At the end of this course, students will know how to use manual therapy techniques to work the soft-tissues in the neck and address rotations in the cervical vertebra.

Program Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Morales Method® Concepts of Palpation and how to apply them to create unique sessions based on your patient's needs

  2. Understand Fryette's Laws as the relate to the cervical vertebra

  3. Learn visual and palpation assessment techniques to determine rotated vertebra in the cervical spine

  4. Learn how to apply assessment findings and Spinal Mechanics to create techniques to help de-rotate cervical vertebra via soft tissue

  5. Learn how to work the neck using deep tissue techniques combined with passive and active movement in a safe and effective manner to facilitate de-rotation of the vertebra and reduction of neck pain

Program Schedule:

9:00am – 9:10am- Introduction and review of the anatomy of the neck

9:10am – 9:30am- Discussion of Fryette's Laws of Spinal Mechanics

9:30am – 9:50am- Demo- Morales Method® Concepts of Palpation for manual therapy

9:50am – 10:00am- Break

10:00am – 10:25am- Student Practicum Part 1

10:25am – 10:50am- Student Practicum Part 2

10:50am – 11:00am- Break

11:00am – 11:10am- Demo- Assessments for vertebral rotation in the cervical spine

11:10am – 11:30am- Student Practicum Part 1

11:30am – 11:50am- Student Practicum Part 2

11:50am – 12:00pm- Break

12:00pm – 12:20pm- Demo- Preparatory Work for the Soft Tissue Techniques of the Neck

12:20pm – 12:40pm- Student Practicum Part 1

12:40pm – 1:00pm- Student Practicum Part 2


1:00pm- 2:00pm- LUNCH


2:00pm – 2:15pm- Demo- Vertebral Facet Spacing and Aided Vertebral Rotation, 

2:15pm – 2:40pm- Student Practicum Part 1

2:40pm – 3:05pm- Student Practicum Part 2

3:05pm – 3:15pm- Break

3:15pm – 3:30pm- Demo- Direct and Indirect Vertebral De-rotation 

3:30pm – 3:55pm- Student Practicum Part 1

3:55pm – 4:20pm- Student Practicum Part 2

4:20pm – 4:30- Break

4:30pm – 4:45pm- Demo- Advanced Spinal Mechanics Techniques

4:45pm – 5:10pm- Student Practicum Part 1

5:10pm – 5:35pm- Student Practicum Part 2

5:35pm – 5:50pm- Closing/Q&A

5:50pm – 6:00pm Evaluation Forms

Target audience: Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, Certified Athletic Trainers

Instructor: Marty Morales, Certified Advanced Rolfer®, CMT is the creator of the Morales Method® Academy of Structural Integration and an author of several books including: Deep Tissue Bodywork- A New Approach to a Classic Modality, Mastering Body Mechanics, 2nd Ed, and Morales Method® Core Integration Therapy. Marty has been teaching since 2006 and has held classes in California, Nevada, Washington, Florida, Japan, Switzerland, Poland, and Taiwan. His private practice in San Francisco, CA has been open since 2003 with over 10,000 hours logged in session.

Before beginning his training as a massage therapist in 2002, Marty received an MBA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Marty is passionate about bodywork and continuing education and loves the classroom environment where he gets to share his experience and knowledge from over two decades in the field!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this workshop provide CEUs? Can I get partial credit?

This workshop is approved by NCBTMB and is awaiting approval from the California Physical Therapy Association. We will be able to offer .7 CPTA CEUs to Physical Therapists and 8 NCBTMB CEUs to Massage Therapists for attending the workshop. We cannot offer partial credit if you're late. For example, we cannot offer 4 hours or .4 CEUs of credit if you can only attend for four hours. You'll receive a digital certificate of completion at the end of the course that you can submit to your regulatory board for credit. 

What do I need to bring?

Because we're holding the course at a massage school, you will not need to bring a table. The school will provide massage tables for our use.

You will need to bring:

  • Shorts and a tank top or sports bra to wear when receiving the work

  • Sheets for your table (1 fitted or flat sheet and a face cradle cover or pillow case)

  • Water (and snacks for yourself, if necessary)

  • Lunch money or bagged lunch (the school is located in the Mission District of SF with restaurants where you can eat lunch close by)

What is the cancellation policy?
There will be no refunds within two weeks of the scheduled workshop.

If cancelled before the two week window prior to the class, a $50 cancellation fee will be applied. This cancellation fee will be applied to future workshops. There is no expiration on this fee. Processing of a participant’s refund will occur within 3-5 business days from the day request is received.

Will there be time for lunch?

We will take an hour lunch break from 1pm-2pm. You can either bring your own lunch, or explore the Mission to buy a lunch. Here's the link to the google maps to see what's available for eating out. The clinic also has a break room with a sink and a microwave if you choose to bring your own lunch.


How do I get to the workshop?

The workshop will be held at the San Francisco Massage School, located in the heart of the Mission district of SF at the intersection of 16th St and Valencia.


The venue is located on the east side of Valencia St close to 16th Street above Love Story Yoga. Please enter the door beneath the street number "475" and walk up the stairs to the 3rd floor to find the school.


There is a parking garage located on 16th & Hoff St within walking distance from the school. Street parking can be difficult to find on weekends (make sure to read parking signs to ensure there's no time limit or street cleaning), however on Sunday street parking in all of SF is free all day!

Public Transportation:

The venue is one block from the 16th & Mission BART station and the 16, 49, & 33 MUNI lines all drop off within walking distance of the school.

Please feel free to email us at with any questions!


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