Program Overview


Originally, SOCHI began as a massage-based school and that is where our foundation and the heart of our operation lies. Helping others overcome pain and stress by healing touch is a passion of SOCHi's founder, Boris Prilutsky and our Massage Therapy program director Angel Gregorio. Angel has been teaching with SOCHi since 2000 and the techniques and skills he learned under Boris, and refined over years of working with high profile clients are woven throughout our curriculum and make the bulk of our hands on protocols. Angel personally trains every instructor that comes to teach massage at SOCHi in these techniques. This lineage of experience in medical and sports massage has produced thousands of outstanding and successful therapists in the field over the years. By choosing SOCHi as your massage education, you are continuing a long tradition of therapists providing science and evidence-based medical massage from the minds of our expert founders, program director and faculty.

SOCHI's Advanced Professional Massage Therapy program prepares you to begin an exciting career as a massage therapist in about 9 months. Helping others heal themselves by applying hands-on treatments is a powerful and rewarding occupation. As we stated above our methods and protocols are scientifically based and we have experts in the field of Medical and Sports Massage that will share their knowledge and experience with you to help you become a success. You will get real world experience performing massage in our on-campus Massage Clinic under the supervision of our faculty. Upon completion of the program, we supply you with all the tools you need, including a massage table and preparation for the MBLex exam, so that you can get to work as soon as possible after graduation.

How To Become A Massage Therapist?


  • What Will I Learn?
  • Where will I work?
  • Why choose massage therapy?

In short, you will learn all the basics and a solid foundation to build a successful massage career. We touch on many topics to make you a well rounded therapist and prepare you for the certification exam, as well as how to present yourself as an asset to a potential employer or massage client.

The Advanced Professional Massage Therapy program at Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi) provides you with training in massage therapy with an integrated approach to health and wellness. We teach you how to document your treatment and speak with other healthcare providers about your client so that you are a part of their overall wellness plan when necessary. We also enhance the therapist’s skill set by offering study in massage theory and application.

The program provides career training in medical massage therapy, eastern massage, specialized massage, Russian sports massage, spa treatment modalities, and additional massage therapy modalities including lymph drainage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy. Also included are the foundational science and massage theory classes in anatomy, physiology & kinesiology, pathology, CPR and first aid certification, professional ethics, hygiene, and business principles.

  • Resorts
  • Spas
  • Hotels
  • Cruise Ships
  • Rehab Clinics
  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Mobile Massage Services
  • Medical Offices
  • Fitness Clubs

Additionally, many of our graduates have thriving business seeing their own clients. Some of them that is enough to be their only source of income and others choose it as way to supplement other endeavors such as artistic or entertainment careers. Your ability to work and be a success in this field is only limited by your imagination.

Stress is the leading cause of doctor visits for various manifestations of disease and dysfunctions here in the United States. The influence that our style of Medical and Sports massage can have on the body directly affects injured tissues while balancing the nervous system from a stressful state. Massage therapy is in great demand due to these facts and because of our aging population. Not only will you be directly influencing your client's health and well-being, you will become what they talk about and refer to amongst their friends, increasing your client base and ultimately your income potential. The field is rapidly growing and our style of massage gives great results which translates to higher income for our graduates, but don't just take our word. See below from onetonline.org:

Massage Therapy:

  • Projected to grow much faster than average (employment increase of 14% or more) over the period 2014-2024
  • Projected to have 100,000 or more job openings over the period 2014-2024
  • New & Emerging occupation in a high growth industry
  • Median Income in California of $38, 940 as of 2015.

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