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2021 Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools

466 Colleges
$17,897 Avg Salary
$9,022 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services School for You

Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services is the #15 most popular major in the country with 11,961 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

Today's healthcare students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Healthcare Degree Search has created the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 466 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for healthcare students.

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2021 Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools in the United States

Check out the somatic bodywork programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools in Somatic Bodywork

Our analysis found Holistic Massage Training Institute to be the best school for somatic bodywork and therapeutic services students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Baltimore, Holistic Massage Training Institute is a private for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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The excellent programs at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best somatic bodywork and therapeutic services schools in the United States. CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of St Louis Park.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools list. Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Medford.

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Out of the 318 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, European Massage Therapy School-Las Vegas landed the # 4 spot on the list. European Massage Therapy School-Las Vegas is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Las Vegas.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools list. NVSTM is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Falls Church.

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Rolf Institute of Structural Integration did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for somatic bodywork and therapeutic services students. It came in at #6 on the list. Rolf Institute of Structural Integration is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Boulder.

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Estelle Medical Academy came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools ranking. Estelle Medical Academy is a small private for-profit school located in the small city of Skokie.

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New York College of Health Professions landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best somatic bodywork and therapeutic services programs. New York College of Health Professions is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Syosset.

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#9

Rizzieri Institute

Voorhees, NJ

Rizzieri Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for somatic bodywork and therapeutic services students. It came in at #9 on the list. Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Voorhees.

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With a ranking of #10, Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage-Rochester did quite well on this year’s best schools for somatic bodywork and therapeutic services students. Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage-Rochester is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the midsize city of Rochester.

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East West College of the Healing Arts came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools ranking. East West College of the Healing Arts is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Portland.

While working on their degree, somatic bodywork majors at East West College of the Healing Arts accumulate an average of around $8,444 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $88, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Colorado School of Healing Arts did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for somatic bodywork and therapeutic services students. It came in at #12 on the list. CSHA is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Lakewood.

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The Institute of Beauty and Wellness came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools ranking. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Milwaukee.

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Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage-Syracuse came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse, Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage-Syracuse is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Soma Institute-The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools ranking. Soma Institute-The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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With a ranking of #16, Swedish Institute a College of Health Sciences did quite well on this year’s best schools for somatic bodywork and therapeutic services students. Swedish Institute a College of Health Sciences is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of New York.

On average, somatic bodywork graduates from Swedish Institute a College of Health Sciences take out $25,469 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $264, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#17

Healing Mountain Massage School

Salt Lake City, UT

Healing Mountain Massage School landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best somatic bodywork and therapeutic services programs. Healing Mtn. School is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Salt Lake City.

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#18

Center for Massage

Asheville, NC

Center for Massage came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools ranking. Center for Massage is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the city of Asheville.

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#19

Aveda Institute-Madison

Madison, WI

Aveda Institute-Madison did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for somatic bodywork and therapeutic services students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the large city of Madison, Aveda Institute Madison is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Spa Tech Institute-Ipswich came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Ipswich, Spa Tech Institute-Ipswich is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Boca Beauty Academy-Parkland came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Parkland, Boca Beauty Academy-Parkland is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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Cortiva Institute-Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools ranking. Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of King of Prussia.

The average amount in student loans that somatic bodywork majors at Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy take out is $6,861. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $71.

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#23

Healing Arts Center

St. Louis, MO

Healing Arts Center ranked #23 on this year’s Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools list. Located in the large suburb of St. Louis, Healing Arts Center is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #24, Cortiva Institute-Florida-Texas Center for Massage Therapy did quite well on this year’s best schools for somatic bodywork and therapeutic services students. Cortiva Institute-Florida-Texas Center for Massage Therapy is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Arlington.

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#25

National Holistic Institute

Emeryville, CA

National Holistic Institute did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for somatic bodywork and therapeutic services students. It came in at #25 on the list. National Holistic Institute is a small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Emeryville.

After completing their degree, somatic bodywork graduates from National Holistic Institute carry an average student debtload of $9,500. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $99, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools

#28

Cortiva Institute-Florida

St. Petersburg, FL
#36

Gwinnett College

Raleigh, NC
#39

Hands on Therapy

Mesquite, TX
#40

Alaska Career College

Anchorage, AK
#45

Myotherapy College of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
#46

Universal Spa Training Academy

Downers Grove, IL

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services students that almost earned our Best Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services Schools award.

Rank College Location
48 Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy-Newington Newington, CT
49 WellSpring School of Allied Health-Kansas City Kansas City, MO
50 River Valley Community College Claremont, NH
51 Academy of Massage and Bodywork Bear, DE
52 Metro Beauty Academy Allentown, PA
53 Cayce/Reilly School of Massage Virginia Beach, VA
54 Irene’s Myomassology Institute Southfield, MI
55 Aveda Institute-Des Moines West Des Moines, IA
56 Arizona School of Integrative Studies Tucson, AZ
57 Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center Springville, PA
58 Southern California University of Health Sciences Whittier, CA
59 Aveda Institute-Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
60 Orion Institute Perrysburg, OH
61 Capri College-Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids, IA
62 Acupuncture and Massage College Miami, FL
63 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine New York, NY

Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 34 majors within the healthcare area of study, somatic bodywork and therapeutic services has other similar majors worth exploring.

Somatic Bodywork Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 11,727
Asian Bodywork Therapy 157
Somatic Bodywork 56
Other Somatic Bodywork and Related Therapeutic Services 21

Related Major Annual Graduates
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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