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Program Starts January 7th

January is the perfect time to begin your training for a compassionate career as a massage therapist. Our Winter Spring Semester will Start on January 7th with Swedish Massage and Anatomy and Physiology.  

Our convenient, evening program is flexible allowing you to take as many or as few classes as you like and maintain your work schedule as needed.   Call now and learn about how you can begin your training! 

Call 760.321.9214  HSDeepTissue-CourtesyofABMP
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MBLEX Requirement Suspended starting 1/1/2019

SB1480 has passed - eliminating the requirement for the MBLEX for state Certification from 1/2019 - 1/1/2021.  This is good news for students reluctant to get into massage due to the CAMTC state examination requirement.  


See Bill Language below.


If you apply for a certification yet this year, 2018, you will still need to pass the MBLEX.

All curriculum requirements remain and there will be no change in our program requirements to be eligible for a CAMTC Certification. Students are encouraged to take the MBLEX after they finish their program as it will afford them the opportunity to work in the over 43 states that require the MBLEx. Please call our office if you have questions. 760.321.9214


Transcript submittals and resubmittals to the CAMTC will be at our normal transcript fee of $30.


Excerpt from SB 1480

SEC. 23.
 Section 4604 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 (a) In order to obtain certification as a massage therapist, an applicant shall submit a written application and provide the council with satisfactory evidence that he or she meets all of the following requirements:
(1) The applicant is 18 years of age or older.
(2) The applicant has successfully completed the curricula in massage and related subjects totaling a minimum of 500 hours, or the credit unit equivalent, that incorporates appropriate school assessment of student knowledge and skills.
(A) Of the 500 hours, a minimum of 100 hours of instruction shall address anatomy and physiology, contraindications, health and hygiene, and business and ethics.
(B) All of the 500 hours shall be from approved schools. The council shall accept the 500 hours if, at the time all of the hours were completed, the school or schools were approved. The 500 hours may be completed at more than one approved school.  Notwithstanding any other law, pursuant to its policies and procedures for approval of schools, the council shall accept hours earned by an applicant for certification as a massage therapist if those hours were completed before July 1, 2016, and were earned from a school providing education in this state that was unapproved by the council after July 1, 2016, based solely on the fact that the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork took denial or disciplinary action against the school. For purposes of this section, “unapproved” means that the council determined that it will not accept hours from a school toward certification.
(3) The applicant has passed a massage and bodywork competency assessment examination that meets generally recognized psychometric principles and standards and that is approved by the council. The successful completion of this examination may have been accomplished before the date the council is authorized by this chapter to begin issuing certificates. This paragraph shall be inoperative commencing on January 1, 2019, and shall become operative on January 1, 2021. 
(4) The applicant has successfully passed a background investigation pursuant to Section 4606, and has not violated any of the provisions of this chapter.
(5) All fees required by the council have been paid.
(6) The council may issue a certificate to an applicant who meets the qualifications of this chapter if he or she holds a current and valid registration, certification, or license from any other state whose licensure requirements meet or exceed those defined within this chapter. If an applicant has received education at a school that is not approved by the council, the council shall have the discretion to give credit for comparable academic work completed by an applicant in a program outside of California.
(b) A certificate issued pursuant to this chapter and any identification card issued by the council shall be surrendered to the council by any certificate holder whose certificate is suspended or revoked.
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Hot (and Cold) Stone Workshop!

Don't miss our Hot Stone Workshop coming up Friday and Saturday Sept 28-29. Learn a comprehensive Hot stone treatment with all the safety precautions, sanitation and contraindications.  Having a Hot Stone course ensures that you are using the modalities correctly.  The application of cold stones will also be incorporated into our course.   Space is limited.  Students are provided with a set of stones to keep.

Call 760321.9214 to register.
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July Polarity Workshop Will be Amazing!

We are please to offer our 40 Hour Summer Polarity workshop again this July.


Polarity is an amazing modality that allow us to tune in with our clients' energetic body to deliver a treatment that relieves imbalance and creates harmony.   Students will learn all about polarity theory and practice the three styles of touch that relax, calm and rejuvenate the nervous system.  With our customized Polarity protocol the treatment allows the client mind/body to enter deep states of natural healing.   


Holistic Health


Polarity Therapy also works with the chakras and elements and basic polarity relationships and integrates these conditions with the three styles of touch used in a Polarity treatment :  Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic.  

Polarity is an excellent compliment to any massage therapist's treatment menu and can be a wonderful and efficacious alternative to deep bodywork.  

Class will be held two weekends: July 13-15 and 20-22. Friday nights 6-10 PM and 9-6 PM both Saturdays and Sundays.  Class is $520. and 40 hours of credit.   A book is optional, please call the office for details 760.321.9214

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Summer Promotion 5$ off 90 Min Massage

Wow!  We need you this time of year.  Book a 90 Minute student clinic massage and get $5 off our regular $40 rate.  That is a fabulous deal.  Call us to book as schedules vary 760.321.9214
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#5 USA Best Healthcare Support Careers

Our Field is growing at 24% per year.   Join this incredibly rewarding career.  It all starts with an inspiring school experience.  

According to USA Today, Employing their unique set of tools – "magic hands" and a "magic touch" – massage therapists relieve pain, reduce stress, unwind bound-up muscles and just plain make people feel better. With more than 80 types of treatments, massage therapists have many different ways to deliver this relief. Massage therapists can specialize in deep-tissue, acupressure, reflexology, orthopedic, sports massage and other areas. Often, massage therapists become experts in several modalities, all of which require specific skills and techniques.

The length and type of massage provided typically depends on the client's condition and desires. Elderly clients, pregnant women and those recovering from a severe injury usually receive different treatments than elite athletes or those simply seeking relaxation. The nature of the massage is often discussed and agreed upon during a short interview with the client before it takes place.

Massage therapists work for employers in a variety of environments, including spas and hospitals, and some are self-employed with their own small businesses. Regardless of the working arrangement, massage therapists should be friendly and personable to attract a consistent client base. Want a job that aims, above all else, to make people feel better? Consider becoming a massage therapist.

The increasing number of spas and massage clinics in recent years underscores a growing demand for massage services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of 24 percent between 2016 and 2026, adding 37,700 more professionals to this field.


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January Newsletter -Read On


UPDATE More Coachella Valley Cities Adopting State Law 


The California Massage Therapy Act of 2015 (CHAPTER 10.5. Massage Therapy Act [4600 - 4621]) is now three years old.  In that law, cities and municipalities had the option of keeping th eir existing massage education requirements or adopting those specified in the Act.  The Act specified a minimum of 500 hours, including 100 hours of Anatomy and Physiology, Business and Ethics and Health and Hygiene as well as successful passing of the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination or  MBLEX. 


The act also specified that education must come from schools approved by the California Massage Therapy Council.   Many of our cities were quick to adopt the state law, with Palm Desert and Palm Springs going first.  However, just this past year,  Ranch Mirage, La Quinta and Indian Wells each said they would no longer accept just a city license, these cities are requiring massage therapists to have a CAMTC issued Certificate. 


Why is this important?  Somatherapy knows we have many long time therapists that completed their education years ago, whereby their education may be from schools that have gone out of business.  In these cases, it may be necessary for therapists to take additional courses, or in rare cases start over. 
Somatherapy is the only local school where therapists can complete their education.  Because of our approvals and our flexible schedule, we can consult with you on how to fill in the gaps and prepare for the MBLEX.  Furthermore, if by chance you are one of our legacy students from years back, we likely have your transcript and you can add to your education to bring your education into compliance.  Finally, we have heard that the cities have sometimes "promised" not to change their requirements but then did.  The best strategy is to update/finish your educational requirements and get the one certification that is accepted across the state - the CAMTC Certification. 


Call our office at 760.321.9214 if you wish for us to assist you with compliance.

Table Thai is Back - Monday Nights 5-10 Starts February 5th for 8 Weeks.

Energize your practice and get in on the fascial stretching craze with our AMAZING Thai Course.  Need to refresh your skills? No Worries - remember we offer 50% off on retakes.

Monday Nights Starts Feb 5 5-10 PM
Advanced Certifications Build Skill & Credibility

Somatherapy Advanced Certifications  - Why They are Important     
A serious Massage Therapist knows how important it is to always be updating their skills.  Choosing to earn an Advanced Certification can open many doors and create lasting opportunities for Massage Therapists. 


Not only will you feel better about yourself knowing that you've invested in new techniques and advanced courses but your clients will value your skills, trust your recommendations and be loyal to your treatment plans.  

One of the great things about choosing Somatherapy for your advanced training is that
you have the ability to receive not one but three different certifications in a single process. 

You can receive a Medical Massage Therapist Certificate for completing an additional 140 hours of medical related training*.   Those Medical Massage Hours also apply to Somatherapy Courses Count Toward Board Certification our Holistic Health Practitioner Certification which is 1000 hours. Finally, all of those hours would apply toward your required National or Board Certification from the NCBTMB.


NCBTMB Board Certification is the highest voluntary credential in the industry.  Board Certification from the NCBTMB requires 250 hours of hands-on experience and 750 hours total training and a the BCETMB exam. According to the NCBTMB, "Board Certification now aligns the massage therapy and bodywork profession with other allied health and medical professions, enhancing value and credibility to what we do best. In fact, many health care facilities and even some high-end spas now require Board Certification to apply for and achieve higher-level, rewarding positions." 


What is important to note here is that in order to receive the Board Certification you must have completed your schooling at an NCBTMB Assigned School.  Somatherapy has achieved this distinction.  Each of these Certification require successful passing of all courses and final examinations and requirements.  Call for details: 760.321.9214

Remember, if you need a refresher or would like a new instructor's perspective, our courses are 1/2 price for those who have taken the Somatherapy course before. 
  Call our office to confirm you qualify for 1/2 off. 760.321.9214 


Classes  - Sign up!

Medical Massage Therapist Certificate Courses
Take all 4 Courses and and receive a 8% discount - That's just $1500 for 116 Hours of expert instruction.   
We have added a complete suite of Medical Massage Therapy Courses.

These courses delve deep into assessment, structural and inflammation pathologies that massage therapists are most likely to encounter in their practice.  You will learn advanced techniques and gain total confidence in your work.  


Get a Medical Massage Certification at Somatherapy 


Medical Massage Therapy is a growing field.  Get your Certificate this year and enjoy higher return on your education.     
We will be adding more courses to this list.  Register now and upgrade your credentials by the end of the year.

CALL 760.321.9214
Have you been putting off your goal of helping other people by becoming a massage therapist?   
Make your Massage Certification your New Year's Resolution!

Our Full Program for 2018 will start again in April with Swedish Massage

Payment plans are available when you register for our complete program curriculum.  Call our office for details.  760.321.9214
Therapists, we greatly appreciate your referrals to our program!  Please spread the word to those you know who may want to become massage therapists.  Employment opportunities are growing in our valley.  

Need More Work? 

Click here to keep up with Valley Job Openings.

EMPLOYERS:  We want to know of your job openings!  Please call our office so we can add them to our job board. 760.321.921
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Make 2018 Your Year - Join the Best Program in the Valley

It's almost time... our program will start on Monday February 5th.  This can be the ideal time to begin your journey studying Massage Therapy. 

Massage is an amazing career.  It's a wellness profession that is deeply satisfying for the practitioner and client alike.

And Somatherapy is THE place to get your education for just a few of these great reasons: 

Affordable pricing

Truly an EXPERT team of Instructors

A very flexible program - take one course at a time if that is all your schedule permits.  Massage Careers at Somatherapy

A fantastic community of students

And a high quality reputation that leads to gainful employment when you graduate. 

Payment Plans are Available

Join us - it's not too late.   Call 760.321.9214 and begin your journey! 

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2018 Scholarships Now Available!

Somatherapy is pleased to announce New Work Study Scholarships are available for students who begin their program in early 2018. 

These scholarships are limited in number and will offer the chosen recipients up to $1240 off the total program fee.   We invite all new applicants to inquire about the scholarship program and complete an application as soon as possible.  Applicants will be chosen at the end of each month or as received. 

Please contact our director for more information:  760.321.9214  scholarshipSmall
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Myofascial Release -Starts November 20th 6-10 PM.

Fascial therapy connects you with your clients

Join us for Myofascial Release Monday evenings November 20th - This course is 8 weeks with two weeks off for Christmas Day and New Year's Day.   32 Hours. of training wiith Ms. Jessica Needles. 

A textbook is required for this course.   Course is $425. 

When stress, strain, and pain pull your clients apart, bring them back together with myofascial therapy.  Not only does this technique free up joints, muscles, and tissue, reducing pain for your clients, but it gives you, the therapist, an opportunity to refresh your practice and deepen your knowledge of massage therapy. 

According to experts, fascial therapy benefits most muscular and tissue disorders.  Walt Fritz, founder of the Foundations in Myofascial Release seminar series, uses the technique for back, neck, foot, and joint pain, headaches, nerve damage, and scar tissue problems.    myofascial release

Specifically, postural inefficiencies, movement dysfunction, and scar tissue issues are candidates for fascial therapy.

If this technique isn’t in your remedial repertoire, put it there at the Somatherapy Institute, where the professionals will help your practice and your clients’ lives come together again. 

Connect with the Institute and then reconnect with your clients.  You’ll feel the excitement and they’ll feel the relief of myofascial therapy.