Certification Program

We are Washington’s gold standard Structural Integration school. The program provides training for Massage license testing in the States of Washington and Oregon and Certification for Soma Neuromuscular Integration® (SNI®). Our trainings are individualized and specialized to challenge and accelerate your growth. The student-teacher ratio is kept at a maximum 10/2. Each student receives personalized attention for their development. This ensures that students graduate competent to effectively develop their own SNI® career while also growing and healing their own bodymind.

Depending on previous education, there are two different tracks you can take to gain SNI® certification:

Track 1.
If you are a beginning student
and don’t have a massage license you will need to attend our Foundation Program and SNI® Training and Somassage® Certification. Once you complete all three parts you will be eligible to sit for the Washington Massage Therapy Board test and receive your Soma Practitioner Certificate. The three parts detailed below can be taken in any order.
Past class schedules can be found here.

The Foundation Program (231 hours)- Anatomy/Kinesiology/Physiology & test preparation for the state exam. There is an emphasis on fascia, kinesthetic awareness and current and classic writings in the lineage of Ida P. Rolf. Foundation Curriculum includes all necessary science and learning to become a certified and licensed practitioner.

SNI® Training (519 hours) – Extensive hands-on and experiential learning of fascial manipulation and therapeutic approaches, Structural Analysis and treatment planning.  Emphasis is on completing the 11 series with 5 models with faculty supervision and support, movement re-education, ethics, and business and client development.

Somassage® Certification (34 hours) – Somassage® certification is included in your complete SNI® certification program. This was developed as a simple yet effective way to apply Structural Integration principles to an individual session. This technique can be used as an introduction to SNI®, as a treatment protocol, or as a flexible foundation to address the varying situations that arise in a practitioner’s career. It is also offered as a Continuing Education workshop and holds it’s own trademark and certification. If you are interested in Somassage® Certification visit our continuing education site.

Track 2A.
IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY LICENSED as a massage therapist
you are eligible to take the SNI® Training and Somassage® Certification without attending the Foundation Program. However, you may be required, or have the desire to attend certain portions of the Foundation Program that may not have been in your previous trainings. Payment and recommendations on these classes will be arranged individually.

Track 2B.
Transfer Students: Soma students with a license in another healthcare field that would like to apply previous coursework toward the Foundation Program are considered Transfer Students. They will be required, on a case-by-case basis, to attend portions of the Foundation Program. There is a fee for transferring credits, in addition to fees for additional required coursework. Payment and recommendations on these classes will be arranged individually.

The Soma Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under Category A.

Our Foundation and Certification program, taken together, prepares students to take the MBLEx Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination which is the universal massage licensing method in the United States.

A full catalog of the curriculum is available by email. Please contact us to receive one.

International Students
We will consult with you to best fit your needs depending on your previous education, training, and license requirements within your country. We welcome your questions, please use the contact page.