Fall Special 2018

Fall 2018 Special at SOMA Therapeutic Massage:

Just mention at checkout the Fall Special and receive $10 off your single service.  Not applicable with any other specials or packages.

This offer is good for Massage, Rolf Method of Structural Integration and Acupuncture!

You can use this special offer as many time as you would like till 11/30/18. (Good for new and current customers)

Acupuncture at SOMA Therapeutic Massage

We are pleased to introduce our new SOMA team member: Ian Lowther.

Ian is a licensed acupuncturist in the states of Minnesota and Missouri and  certified nationally through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  He is also a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).  He received a Masters of Acupuncture degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota.

During clinical rotations he was able to provide care in wide variety of environments.

Through his work at the Pillsbury House in Minneapolis, he had the opportunity to work in an integrative clinic with students of chiropractic, nutrition, psychology, massage and traditional Western medical students to explore collaborative treatments to provide the most appropriate care for each patient.

At Courage Center Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, MN,  he gained valuable experience in the treatment of spinal cord injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and stroke patients.

His experience at The Aliveness Project in Minneapolis involved treating patients with autoimmune disorders such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.  As a commitment to his community and to the advancement of acupuncture as an effective healing art, he decided to continue working with The Aliveness Project as a volunteer acupuncturist after graduation.
He was introduced to Acupuncture as an adolescent when he experienced amazing relief with sports injuries of my own, and was able witness treatment of other family members for migraines, headaches, fevers and chronic pain issues.

In addition to his passion for health, he has a passion for travel and experiencing different cultures.  During his undergraduate education he was able to study in Costa Rica and travel to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  In his final year of graduate school he studied in Tianjin, China at the First National Hospital of Tianjin, where he witnessed and studied amazing treatments for stroke victims.

His wife Emily and Ian have recently moved to St. Louis while Emily attends graduate school at Washington University Medical School for deaf education.

Ian believes that all healthcare options are truly complimentary to one another. Each modality of health care should be used when it is appropriate to serve the needs of every patient.

SOMA Therapeutic Massage Therapist Spotlight: Sam Hilsabeck


Sam has been a practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist since early fall of 2016. Slightly new to the career field, he has enjoyed being able to work 1 on 1 with individuals to enable them to feel and function their very best. The pursuit to become a Massage Therapist began with an injury to his rotator cuff. Along with Physical Therapy, he added a weekly massage to my recovery plan, and was pleased to find that it helped to cut the recovery time in half. This led to his specialty service being Deep Tissue / Therapeutic work, however; he also enjoys providing a calming meditative massage as well.

He excels with Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage and Prenatal Massage.


St Louis Massage Therapist Spotlight: Mary Boehm


Mary joined Soma Therapeutic Massage in May 2017. She is a graduate of the Healing Arts Center.

Before becoming a massage therapist, Mary’s career included more than 30 years of working with children including those with special needs. Mary has a passion for helping children and adults in all stages of health and wellness and is eager to bring the benefits of massage therapy to as many people as possible. Mary specializes in Pediatric and Oncology massage. Mary’s bodywork includes Swedish massage, Myofascial release, Craniosacral therapy, Pediatric massage and Oncology massage. Soma Therapeutic Massage is proud to work with this wonderful therapist.

New Client Special


Please share with your friends! NEW CLIENT SPECIAL: Enjoy $15 off any service of 60 minutes or more.

Visit somatherapeuticmassage.com today and book your massage online!

Our gift to you for sharing with your friends: ENJOY 10% OFF any service for the entire month of October.  Just mention this special promotion prior to checking out to receive discount.

Please share with your friends!

History of Veterans Day & Special Offer to Veterans


Thank you to all our Veterans past, present and future that serve our country.

All Massage Services are 50% OFF on Veterans Day. Book your massage online and please show your Military ID for discount.


History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

(article from http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp)