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Profile of The Soma Institute

The Soma Institute, located in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, provides high-quality clinical massage therapy training with a focus on clinical evaluation. The Institute offers a comprehensive Clinical Massage Therapy program which teaches a wide array of therapy techniques used in clinical massage therapy practice. Also offered is a Practice Management course, which includes a thorough career-planning program designed to help students successfully reach their career goals.

Points of Distinction

  • Flexible program schedules
  • Graduates enjoy a 97% placement rate (based on 2007 Illinois State Board of Education figures)
  • On-campus internship and externship in a hospital or other clinical setting
  • Comprehensive support network including tutoring, Counselling, and career services
Course Topics

Soma offers a comprehensive Clinical Massage Therapy program which can be completed in anywhere between 11 and 14 months, depending on the student's chosen scheduling option. The subject matter covers a wide array of therapy techniques used in clinical massage therapy practice, including trigger point therapy, neuromuscular techniques, Swedish massage techniques, hydrotherapy, and sports massage.

The Soma Institute Admissions

To apply for Enrolment at The Soma Institute, applicants can electronically submit the simple application form found on the school's website. Those who prefer to print out the form and mail it in can download it from the site. Applicants can schedule a meeting with a Soma program advisor via the site or by calling a toll-free number.

The Soma Institute Faculty Quality

Soma has assembled a distinguished group of faculty members who are accomplished in the clinical massage therapy community and who bring real-world experience into every class. The energetic, supportive, and dedicated group of professional instructors leads a student-centered program structured to promote long-term career success.

The Soma Institute Student Enrolment

Soma boasts a student population numbering around 300 students. About 80% of the Student Enrolment is made up of females.

The Soma Institute Student Life

Students can take advantage of a wealth of support services. Affordable tuition payment plans are available to those students who qualify. Soma has a robust Career Placement Services program, whose career placement specialists will help students identify their career goals, develop job search strategies, prepare resumes, and polish their interviewing skills. The Institute also offers free academic tutoring, where tutors help students develop effective note-taking techniques, time management skills, study skills, and test-taking strategies.

Soma's tradition of innovation and excellence in clinical massage therapy education recently got a big boost with the introduction of podcasting. Using this new technology, students can download their clinical science lectures onto their brand-new iPod Nanos. The downloaded lecture "episodes" can then be played, replayed, or archived.

Programs of Study

(Note:Not all programs are necessarily available at all locations. )

Health and Human Services
  • Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage
The Soma Institute Degrees or Coursework

(Note:Not all degrees and coursework are necessarily available for all programs of study. )

Degrees or Coursework
  • Diploma
The Soma Institute Campus Locations

  • Chicago

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