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Soma Massage Blog

What is a Health and Wellness Coach

By Katie Tafel, Health and Wellness Coaching Program Director

We started our Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Program because we wanted to find more ways to do what we love: train people who want to help others. Since we launched the program, the demand for health and wellness coaches has exponentially increased. We’re living through a pandemic, and it’s forced many people to truly look inward and prioritize taking care of themselves. That’s where our graduates thrive.


The Chicago Marathon: Where Confidence Grows

By Joan Hannant, Founder & CEO of The Soma Institute

Watching our students succeed fills me with pride. They come to Soma as adults of all ages from all walks of life. Some enroll with complete confidence they have what it takes to be a clinical massage therapist. Others aren’t so sure. But every year there is one part of their training that stands out, where students walk away with their heads held high as they exhibit a new sense of confidence. That event is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.


Sports Massage: A World of Opportunities

By Mike Hovi, Program Director at The Soma Institute

I love sports. For most of my life, I’ve watched them and played them, and for the 12 years I spent as a high school teacher, I coached them. It’s always been important to me that I stay involved in sports, but when I got involved in clinical massage therapy, I had no idea the amount of opportunities it would open up.


I’ve Been There: Soma’s Passion for Helping Students

By Dee Smith, Instructor at The Soma Institute

Nationwide, there is a new trend toward career changes. It’s a new phenomenon to the rest of the world, but one I know well and one we see play out over and over again at Soma. It’s also my story.

I’m a practicing clinical massage therapist and an instructor at The Soma Institute. Massage is my passion, but this industry was not always in my plans.


Back-to-School Health and Wellness Tips and Recipe

By Monique Costello, Instructor at The Soma Institute

For some families, the first day of school can be a shock to the system. Just getting out the door on time can be a challenge.

To cut down on that stress, it’s important to recognize that children follow their parents’ lead. If parents are stressed and not eating healthy, kids are in the same situation. We really want parents to think about their morning routine.