Somatherapy Institute offers the best massage and bodywork training and educational experience in the desert. Since its inception in 1991, under the name Desert Resorts School of Somatherapy, we remain the only school in the Palm Springs area entirely dedicated to massage and the only school offering individual massage therapy training classes in the Coachella Valley. Our campus is located in Rancho Mirage.

Our mission is to develop our students into the best massage therapists possible. We believe in personalized education at affordable pricing.

We believe in developing Certified Massage Therapists for a variety of massage and bodywork careers which offer purpose, passion and prosperity.

Somatherapy programs are geared toward the massage practitioner or massage therapist seeking state certification. Students are encouraged to enroll in the complete program.  Classes are also available "a la carte," beginning with basic Swedish and Kinesiology, continuing with Deep Tissue massage, Sports massage, Lymph Drainage Massage, Myofascial Release, Spa Services, Thai, Hot Stone, and Lomi lomi to name but a few. Swedish and Kinesiology are prerequisites for many of our classes and students should enroll in these two classes to get started if they cannot enroll in the whole program.

Workshops are also incorporated into our programs with advanced techniques and energy-based modalities such as Polarity, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral. Visit our Workshops page on our website for more information.

Thank you for reviewing our schedule and background, the best way to learn about our school is to schedule a tour and review our course work and program in person. Please call us at 760.321.9214 for schedule a 30 minute tour.


Becoming a massage therapist is a rewarding and viable career for new high school graduates to individuals seeking a second or third career. The Coachella Valley offers a great many employment opportunities for massage therapists, due to our many resorts, spas, chiropractic and physical therapy clinics and retirement clubs. Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Personal Trainers, Hospitality Workers, and many other professionals are turning to massage therapy to expand their careers and earn a good income helping people.

Programs offered:

Certified Massage Therapist Programs

Advanced Therapist training and Continuing Education

Student Clinic offering discounted massages to the public

Classes in: Swedish Massage, Kinesiology, Thai Massage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Cranialsacral Theory, and Practice. Chair Massage, Polarity, Reiki, Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Spa Services, and Treatments, Hot Stone Massage and many more.