Somatherapy Institute offers the best massage and bodywork training and educational experience in the Coachella Valley Desert. Since its inception in 1991, under the name Desert Resorts School of Somatherapy, we remain the only school in the Palm Springs area entirely dedicated to massage therapy training and the only school offering individual massage therapy classes in the Coachella Valley. Our campus is located in Rancho Mirage which is less than 20 minutes from La Quinta and Indio and under 10 minutes from Palm Desert, Cathedral City and Palm Springs.
Our mission is to develop our students into the best massage therapists possible. We believe in personalized education at affordable pricing. Our Certified Massage Therapist Programs are geared toward adult students looking to join this very rewarding and holistic health profession. Massage students join our full program to obtain the California state certification. Students are encouraged to enroll in the complete program. Massage Courses are also available pay-as-you-go, beginning with basic Swedish Massage and Kinesiology, followed by Deep Tissue Massage, Sports massage, Lymph Drainage Massage, Myofascial Release, Thai Massage, Stretching-Flexibiiity-PNF, and Lomi lomi to name a few. Swedish and Kinesiology are prerequisites for many of our massage courses and students enroll in these two classes to get started if they cannot enroll in the whole massage therapy course curriculum.
“It’s all about passing the national exam and getting certified by the new, more rigorous California standards for massage therapy. Go to Somatherapy. And it will give you all the skills you need as taught by Somatherapy’s excellent instructors. Expect to work. The teaching team will make sure you have the business skills you need to succeed. As a strength and conditioning and fascial stretch specialist I found the knowledge and skills acquired at Somatherapy to be a perfect-and lucrative-complement to my business.”
-ROBERT MCCARTHY, MS, CMT, CSCS, CPT, CFSS OWNER, CALIFORNIA HEALTH & FITNESS TAC CON, TACTICAL CONDITIONING - CMT Graduate 2016
"Somatherapy offered instructors that give 100% of themselves. I was pleased with the class choices and schedule flexibility. I was also glad to make monthly payments as I took the program. With hard work and dedication all things are possible. I want to dedicate my achievement to my grandfather, Guadalupe P. Sanchez."
-ISABELLA GODINA - CMT GRADUATE 2017
"I have really enjoyed the energy classes at Somatherapy! Experiencing powerful energy work along with meeting wonderful like-minded people and all expertly guided by the amazing Kathleen Shyptycki. Polarity Therapy class has provided all I hoped for and so much more!"
-NICKI COLEMAN - GRADUATE JULY 2015
“Somatherapy was the only choice for me. I knew of its reputation for having truly expert instructors and a mature student body. I knew I was going to open my own Ayurvedic Spa and having both in-depth clinical as well as holistic studies allowed me to learn advanced massage techniques and build confidence quickly. I really appreciated that I could pay per course and take courses as my schedule permitted. Somatherapy is the best school for the Coachella Valley.”
-WILLIAM CORDELL, CMT Graduate 2016, OWNER BLISS CHAKRA SPA PALM DESERT
“I am so happy that I decided to get my massage license through Somatherapy. One of the main reasons I decided to attend here was because of the diverse and extensive education of the teachers and staff members. They provided so much help and guidance for classwork, MBLEX prep, and for real life application after school. I felt more than prepared for the MBLEX and passed the first time I took it. Somatherapy also helped me with my current profession in personal training as well. The knowledge I learned about the body was more practical, and applicable than the knowledge I received from a university. If I had to do it over again, I would choose Somatherapy every time!”
-Melissa Judnich CMT Graduate 2017
“I made the decision to attend massage school to compliment my aromatherapy; after researching many different options throughout the valley I decided on Somatherapy Institute School of Massage. My decision was based on many factors; the teachers are all massage therapists who currently work in the industry, the flexible schedule, the hands on experience, and the many different options for payment. The teachers at this school are helpful, kind, and passionate about the work they do. Their love for massage was contagious. They are always going the extra mile to help where ever it is needed. I fell in love with massage after my first massage class and now my aromatherapy compliments my massage.”
-BROOKE THOMPSON - CMT Graduate 2017