Bright IDEAs | SOMA Saturday: Continuing Education Deepens Your Practice

Published: April 11, 2015

Why should you take Soma System®: Return the Favor - Self Bodywork for Massage Therapists at IDEA 2015? Read on and be on the lookout for more of our Bright IDEAs blog series, especially SOMA Saturdays, as we provide insight and insider information on our IDEA 2015 Conference educators right up to May 1!

Q. Why does continuing education matter to the massage therapy profession?

A. Successful completion of a massage therapy program or any other health care profession implies a baseline understanding of materials necessary for safe entry onto the career path and journey. However, what differentiates each practitioner and allows them to expand their knowledge and skills, is their choice of and participation in continuing education. Through continuing education, each practitioner deepens their knowledge and can improve the effectiveness of their practice. While some may choose to broaden their knowledge, others may choose to specialize. However, everyone should continue to strengthen and refresh their basics, such as functional anatomy and palpation skills, as these are the foundation of all other theories and practices.

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Sophia Chan will be instructing Soma Systems at the IDEA conference. Soma System® is an integrative self-bodywork practice based on myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and mindfulness meditation. Sophia received her Bachelor in Athletic Training and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University in addition to a Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture. Sophia is an avid martial artist with over 14 years of experience.