Soma Massage Blog

Courtney Contos Instructor Spotlight

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

I’m often asked what makes The Soma Institute a leader in the health and wellness industry. It may sound like a big question with many answers, but for me, it has always been quite simple. It’s all about our instructors.

The team we’ve put together has a wealth of experience. They come from varying backgrounds, and they’ve all been incredibly successful in their areas of expertise. The newest member of our team is no exception. I’m excited to introduce Courtney Contos as our newest Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Program instructor.

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My Passion for Entrepreneurship

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

A recent student survey we distributed at Soma came back with some eye-popping results. 97% of our current student body hope to own their own business one day. 97%! That is almost every single student! This is incredibly inspiring, and it brings two of my passions together: education and entrepreneurship.

For decades, my passion for education has been fueled by a desire to help others and a fascination with people who are working to change their lives for the better. From my time as a professor of economics and political science at York University in the early 90s to my current role as founder and CEO of The Soma Institute, I’ve always been driven by a motivation to help and support students.

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Avoiding Injuries from Summer Activities

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

There is a new wave of excitement in the air these days. In the Midwest, summer weather has a way of doing that. We’ve made it through the long, cold winter, and one look outside shows you how excited people are to get out and get moving. It’s an annual right of spring here in Chicago, and it certainly feels like it’s carrying even more importance this year. The one-two punch of winter weather and the pandemic had most of us cooped up in a way we’ve never experienced. Now, as people excitedly sprint into summer, we’re seeing another phenomenon — injuries. So I’m enlisting the help of Soma clinical massage therapy instructor and chiropractor Dr. Luis Ramirez for a few helpful tips you can embrace to ensure an injury doesn’t derail your summer fun and workout plans.

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Opportunity Knocks

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

I  founded The Soma Institute for one big reason. I saw an opportunity to help people achieve independence and financial freedom through a rewarding career. I’m passionate about empowering people and giving them an education that provides career options and opportunity. I’ve long believed in the future of the health and wellness industry, and we are now at a fascinating and exciting time. Despite a pandemic going on now for more than a year, the industry is hiring.

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Resilience in the Year of COVID-19

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

One year ago, things at Soma, and in life, came to a screeching halt. On March 16th, we shut down our institute and told everyone to stay home. In one way, it was an easy decision because it was the right decision. In another way, it was one of the most painful decisions I’ve ever made. Here at Soma, we are so proud of our ability to give people a fresh start, a chance at a better career and a better life, and suddenly, I felt like I was taking that away from our students.

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