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Southern California Health Institute

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Southern California Health Institute
North Hollywood, CA


Advanced Professional Massage Therapy Program

Physical Therapy Aide / Sports Rehab Program

Personal Fitness Trainer / Health & Wellness Professional Program

Course Descriptions:

The Advanced Professional Massage Therapy Program provides an integrated approach to health and wellness through massage therapy. This program includes Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Thai & Chair Massage training.

The Physical Therapy Aide /Sports Rehab Program provides an integrated approach to health and wellness by incorporating medical massage and physical therapy modalities including Kinesiology, Therapeutic Exercise, Sports Massage & Physical Therapy Modalities.

The Personal Fitness Trainer / Health & Wellness Professional Program provides advanced training as a Personal Fitness Trainer and includes Corrective Exercise Specialist, Weight Loss Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Lifespan Specialist training.

The School

Since 1996, Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi) has been dedicated and committed to helping students achieve their dreams by providing an exceptional education that enables them to become skilled and successful manual therapists. We have graduated over 2,000 students who are now a part of a larger community of wellness and healthcare.

Our mission is to provide quality programs in an environment of scholastic learning to encourage empathetic and compassionate therapists, dedicated to the ethical and social principles of the profession and committed to a lifetime of continued learning.

The Experience

The SOCHi experience is more than what happens in the classroom. Students have an opportunity to take part in the community to discover their passions, refine their goals and develop their character.

Students will be a part of a school community which is focused in therapeutic healing through the art of touch. The experience at the school will lead the student on the path to a successful and gratifying career in health and wellness with the assistance of SOCHi’s professional career services team.

The Education

SOCHi offers an education that challenges, inspires, and prepares students for success. Our integrated massage therapy, and physical therapy aide/sports rehabilitation curriculum is designed to offer the best of both worlds; a combination of academic rigor and practical application of theory.

It is our responsibility to encourage and foster the value of life-long learning, to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive information available, and to give the student the support necessary to successfully earn their certificate.

SOCHi focuses its teaching on European medical massage therapy, which was developed in Russia and later in Germany some hundreds of years ago. This method of therapy is non-invasive in nature and has been shown to be extremely effective in treating and preventing injuries, stress and illness. Additionally, our curriculum is rich with other methodologies, such as:

  •          Swedish
  •          Deep tissue
  •          Sports massage
  •          Acupressure
  •          Reflexology
  •          Shiatsu
  •          Thai
  •          Hot stone
  •          Aromatherapy
  •          Trigger point
  •          Chair massage
  •          Pregnancy massage


This is just a sampling of what one will learn.

The most unique offering at SOCHI is the physical therapy aide/sports rehab program, which provides the student with career training as a physical therapy & sports rehab aide and a massage therapist. the program applies an integrated approach to health and wellness by incorporating medical massage and physical therapy modalities.

The Personal Fitness Trainer/Health & Wellness Professional Program at Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi) prepares the student for an entry level career as a personal fitness trainer, and is offered in either 36 or 45 week schedules. The comprehensive curriculum is based on scientific research, fitness expert experience and is aligned with key critical occupational skills and abilities. A combination of scientific content areas, laboratory performance domains, and work related activities allow for students to experience a blend of didactic and hands on learning. Courses include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology of human movement, principles of weight management, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, sports-specific training, corrective exercise, client assessment and fitness program design, professional development, leadership skills, and first aid and CPR. 

The Faculty

SOCHi’s faculty is a team of wellness professionals that continue to paved the way for those aspiring to become a part of the health and wellness community. Their passion for sharing their knowledge and experience, prepares the student for a successful career in the field. The shared philosophy of SOCHi’s faculty is that they are better able to give the gift of therapeutic touch by passing their knowledge to those who are eager to learn.

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