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    Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma Program

    At The Soma Institute, we’re dedicated to providing the in-depth theoretical knowledge, practical real-world experience, and ongoing expert support to help our students grow and become sought-after massage therapists and health and wellness coaches.


    Get the hands-on training and skills to help others through therapeutic massage. Soma is the only school in the country to offer a diploma in clinical massage therapy. The Soma faculty team are experts in the industry and have extensive experience in the field of clinical massage therapy.

    The Soma Institute is a pioneer in the clinical massage therapy field and has established and maintained a high standard of excellence through its continued focus on clinical evaluation and clinical practice.

    Career Growth

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment to grow 26% nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, with a 16% rise in Illinois. In Illinois, annual wages range from $19K with a potential to reach $72K per year. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.

    There is a growing interest in massage therapy, as well as an increasing acceptance of the medical value of massage services. This will lead to new opportunities for independent massage therapists, as well as focused specialties, such as athletic rehabilitation, pain management, and therapeutic remedies. Franchised massage clinics are also on the rise, continuing to expand their customer base.

    Benefits of the SOMA Institute

    As a Soma graduate, you’ll enjoy the unique opportunity to take advantage of our career services throughout your entire career. Our outstanding resources will provide you with so many valuable ways to advance your career and stay connected to Soma. You’ll benefit from:

    • Continual job-placement assistance from our extensive massage job database
    • Personalized career advice and guidance
    • Resume writing assistance
    • Job interviewing coaching
    • For clinical massage therapy graduates, assistance with licensure and certification applications on a local, national, and international basis
    • Lifetime course-auditing privileges to keep you at the forefront of the profession
    • Preferred registration for continuing education and professional development courses at Soma
    • Unlimited complimentary massage therapy treatments in Soma Student Teaching Clinic

    The Soma Institute is located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s academic and cultural corridor, a location ideally suited to student life. This stimulating and culturally rich area boasts an amazing array of cafes, restaurants, theaters, galleries, and bookstores. Soma is a short walk from the stunning shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago landmarks like Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, and the Art Institute of Chicago are all within minutes of Soma’s campus. The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), the Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier are an easy walk from Soma.

    Personalized Financial Package

    At Soma, we make it as easy as possible for you to get the financial and scholarship assistance you may need. Our Financial Aid Office will work with you to develop a financial plan that is specifically tailored to your unique needs.

    The Soma Institute works alongside the U.S. Department of Education to provide you with a full range of financial aid tools. As a Soma student, you may qualify for a number of the following options:

    • Tuition grants and scholarships
    • Pell Grants
    • Direct loans
    • Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits
    • Vocational rehabilitation
    • Employer-sponsored tuition reimbursement program
    The Financial Aid Office assists students in the completion of all documents applicable to various federal, state, local, and private sources of student financial aid.

    We’ve developed our comprehensive clinical massage therapy curriculum to prepare you for the widest possible array of massage therapy career options. You will learn sports massage, hydrotherapy, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, facial techniques, lymphatic drainage, anatomy, pathology, physiology, orthopedic tests, kinesiology, ethics, and state licensing.

    Recent Soma graduates have gone on to fulfilling and rewarding careers in sports massage, hospitals, spas, clinics, resorts, physical therapy clinics, and private practice.

    Accreditation And Approvals

    About The SOMA Institute

    The Soma Institute, founded in 1998, is a pioneer in the clinical massage therapy field, establishing and maintaining a high standard of excellence through its continued focus on clinical evaluation and its ongoing contributions to the profession. Soma’s faculty members are experts in the industry with extensive experience in the field of clinical massage therapy. Soma is the only school in America that offers a diploma in clinical massage therapy.

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