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The nation’s only clinical massage therapy school
Based in Chicago, Illinois, The Soma Institute is the only massage therapy school in the country that offers a diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy – an exciting and effective approach to treating specific conditions and diagnoses. Clinical massages involve the manipulation of soft tissue and are often focused on one area of the body to address pain, injury, and range of motion rather than the whole body.
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- 78% on-time graduation rate (as reported to the Illinois Board of Education in 2020) and a 96% approval rating from our students in course evaluation forms
- The only school in the U.S. offering a diploma in clinical massage therapy
- More than 150 jobs on our job board exclusively for Soma licensed massage therapists (Soma can not guarantee placement)
- Community partnerships offering students real-world experience with the Chicago Marathon and Loyola University Athletic Department
- Flexible class schedules
- Free tutoring and academic support
“When I looked at Soma, I could feel the passion in the educators and the staff. MJ showed me a love for kinesiology that I didn’t know I had lol. Best decision I ever made. I’ve been at LifeSpa in LifeTime Fitness doing clinical and sports massage for almost 8 years and couldn’t be happier.”
In a massage therapy course, you’ll learn a variety of natural methods and techniques to treat pain, reduce stress, rehabilitate injuries, and promote overall health and wellbeing. The program provides both classroom instruction and hands-on training to give students the industry support and practical experience they need to become skilled clinical massage therapy professionals. The courses in our Clinical Massage Therapy Program produce skilled clinical massage therapists, many of which have started their own practices.
We’re dedicated to setting you up for success, which is why you’ll receive personal attention and expert guidance throughout your massage therapy training at Soma. You can earn your diploma in just 11 months, and at the end of your time here, you’ll be well prepared to offer clients much more than traditional therapeutic massage therapists.
In addition to our renowned massage therapy course, we also offer a Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Program that can be entirely virtual.
Internships and employment opportunities
While you’re taking a massage therapy course at Soma, you’ll also have externship and internship opportunities to put the skills you’re learning into practice at our on-campus clinic. There, you’ll receive valuable faculty-supervised field experience that will build up your confidence and skills.
The Soma Institute is not only a pioneering massage therapy school but the only school in the US where you can obtain a diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy. It’s our goal to effectively teach and train tomorrow’s professionals in the healing arts so they can offer “massage with a purpose” to their clients and stand out from traditional massage therapists.