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
1,500 students who are now a part of a larger community of wellness
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 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.
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:
" deep tissue
" sports massage
" hot stone
" 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
SOCHi's faculty is a team of wellness professionals that continue
to pave 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.