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SOCHi, A Los Angeles Massage School

Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi) is a Los Angeles Massage School founded on the principles of healing through the art of touch. As one of the best massage therapy schools in Los Angeles, we focus on providing in depth instruction using a hands-on approach with emphasis on medical massage, deep tissue, and sports massage, as well as incorporating eastern and spa massage modalities in order to better prepare a well-rounded Certified Massage Therapist.

We understand that a Physical Therapy Aide needs to possess massage therapy knowledge and skill, so that he or she may bring more value to the employer and may assist in the implementation of a physical therapy treatment plan under direction of the physical therapist. SOCHi was the first school to offer massage therapy as part of the Physical Therapy Aide program, allowing Physical Therapy Aides to also become Certified Massage Therapists. The Physical Therapy Aide program at SOCHi provides the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skill for those who wish to continue their education as a Physical Therapy Assistant.

We also recognize the need for other healthcare and fitness program curricula to be developed in partnership with credentialing organizations which set the standard for quality in their respective professions. We were one of the first schools in California to partner with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to help create a comprehensive Personal Fitness Trainer program for those who seek to become Certified Fitness Trainers. Likewise, we approached the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) to develop the first Medical Billing and Coding program in the nation which prepares SOCHi students for credentialing as Certified Medical Billers (CPB®) and Certified Medical Coders (CPC®).

We pay attention to what the employer is looking for in a candidate. It’s our job to provide employers with quality graduates for their open positions in the fields of allied healthcare and fitness. We are a school, but we also like to think of ourselves as a training provider where we prepare graduates for the jobs they love and the employer gets the candidate they cannot live without. Although, we cannot guarantee employment, we do strive to provider all graduates who desire employment with opportunity to find work. If you are looking to supplement your current income, create your own schedule or work for yourself, a career as a Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, or Certified Fitness Trainer may be a good fit. If you are looking for an entry into the healthcare profession and possibly continuing on to become a Physical Therapy Assistant, than the Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab program might be right for you.

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An education is one of the most valuable investments. At our institution students have the benefit of learning from educators who are invested in their future. The faculty care and respect the social principles and ethical boundaries of Massage Therapists, Physical Therapy Aides, Personal Trainers, Medical Billers and Coders, and Medical Assistants. Additionally, students have the opportunity to experience a real-world work environment; Massage Therapy students practice their skill at our Massage Clinic, and Personal Fitness Trainer students train in the Fitness Clinic, both catering to the general public and operated by faculty and students. Physical Therapy Aide students, work with other students in a simulated physical therapy clinic on campus. Medical Billing and Coding students work with real medical files which have been redacted to protect the patient and healthcare provider.

Southern California Health Institute is a family of professionals who care about one another, the community, the ethical and professional standards of the respective fields of work that we train our students to be employed in, and the students and graduates, as individuals, as well as their achievements as professionals.

We pride ourselves on our ability to work together as a team in order to create a healthy and safe learning environment which cultivates a further quest for knowledge and enriches the student experience.

Our team recognizes its responsibility to provide encouragement and mentorship balanced with the necessary knowledge and skill to aid our students in their journey to employment in their chosen careers.

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About Us

Southern California Heath Institute (SOCHi) was founded in 1996 as a Massage School in Los Angeles by Mr. Boris Prilutsky. Boris was a medical professional who spent the first 20 years of his career working with Olympic athletes in the former Soviet Union.

Boris wanted to share his knowledge of medical and sports massage, and of physical education and physical therapy in rehabilitation, with others in the United States. In 2008, Ms. Nataliya Borchenko was introduced to Boris to help treat her son for an injury which he suffered to his rotator cuff.

Boris treated the injury with massage therapy, hot and cold therapy, and therapeutic exercise and stretching.

Thanks to Boris, Nataliya’s son recovered without surgery and Nataliya became convinced that the general public needed to understand more about this type of therapy.

She took ownership of the institution that same year and continues to operate the school with a dynamic team of caring professionals. The institution continues to evolve as the needs of the community change and the demands of the workforce grow.

Our Programs

The programs at SOCHi are designed to lead students and graduates to employment in the fields of allied healthcare and fitness. The curriculum is developed by using feedback from employers, as well as, professional organizations which may provide credentialing upon graduation. Lesson plans are created to combine lecture and hands-one learning, so that students are able to understand theory and concept, as well as, being provided with opportunities to practice in a lab setting. Our mission is to provide quality allied health and fitness programs in an environment of scholastic learning to produce empathetic and compassionate allied health workers and fitness professionals, dedicated to the ethical and social principles of the profession and committed to a lifetime of continued learning.