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Massage Gets Back to Business

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

One of the cruel ironies of 2020 is that when people are stressed or tense, they need massage more than ever. Clearly, this has been a stressful year. Add to that all the people who are working remotely and bent over odd workstations or composing spreadsheets while sitting on a couch and you get a long list of physical problems that massage is great at addressing. But, due to COVID-19 and government mandates, for months massages either weren’t available or didn’t feel like a safe choice.

Now that the massage industry is opening back up, it’s not a surprise to be hearing from so many Soma graduates about demand for massages being high. We recently reached out to a few employers and Soma graduates to get their thoughts on “getting back to work,” new safety procedures and how the pivot to online communication has changed our industry for the better.
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Penny Chelios Realizes a Dream

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

In the midst of today’s challenges, it’s hard to take any time to sit back and reflect. The future occupies us. I know I’m often busy thinking ahead to things like how I can continue providing the best education possible for our students or how to make sure I’m reaching prospective students who could thrive with a Soma education. Life moves quickly. But, I’ve learned over the years how important it is to make time to step back and take a look at where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. For me, those moments inevitably bring me to thoughts of the amazing successes of our students. Many of our graduates have become the first in their family to own and operate their own business. We’ve helped countless Veterans launch successful careers. Many of our students have overcome tremendous obstacles in the supportive environment at Soma and gone on to successful careers. These are dreams realized - dreams launched at Soma - and it’s a powerful thing to think about. It drives me and guides me every day.
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Health and Wellness When it’s Needed Most

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

When we decided to launch an online Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Program at The Soma Institute, we had no idea just how important that decision would be. By all accounts, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years this country has ever seen. COVID-19 has affected each and every one of our lives and pushed us into uncharted territory. Whether it’s working from home, unemployment, home schooling or social isolation - the challenges are many. They have a lot of us putting our own well-being on the back burner. The murder of George Floyd has also turned our country’s attention to the issues of social justice and systemic racism that can not and should not be pushed aside.
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The Business of Helping People

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

The Soma Institute was built on the idea of helping people. Students come to us because they are passionate about the idea of a career where they can help people heal naturally. My passion and the passion of our staff is to help our students succeed both in the classroom and after graduation.

COVID-19 changed all of our worlds dramatically. My heart breaks as I think about those in Illinois and around the world who have lost loved ones to this virus. As I look out the window, I see a quiet city and empty streets as people shelter in place. The challenges are many, and they are not easy to navigate. But, when the world throws you a global pandemic, you can't just shut down. You have to continue to innovate and continue to help more people.

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Can Clinical Massage Help with Nerve Injury?

Clinical Massage therapy in Nerve Injury

If you’ve ever felt a shooting, tingling sensation down your leg or quick, sharp pain after lifting something or playing sports, you likely have experienced a nerve injury. Often, the pain is just a temporary nuisance, but it can also be debilitating. Clinical massage therapy can often relieve pain caused by nerve injury.

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