Local Area - Seattle

If you are considering relocating to Seattle to attend Cortiva Institute - Seattle, you are in for a great experience. Not only do we have one of the most esteemed massage training programs in the country, but Seattle continues to be ranked among the top ten places to live in the U.S. Seattle offers a combination of metropolitan comfort and convenience, with easy access to the beauty of nature.

People from all over the country relocate to Seattle to study massage, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine and other complimentary health care disciplines, as many of the premier institutions that teach these subjects are located in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle continues to be known as a hub for holistic training.

In 1997, Washington was among the first states in the country to provide insurance coverage for all categories of providers, including massage.

Seattle is home to approximately 540,000 people. King County, which includes Seattle, is home to 1.7 million. Seattle is a diverse city with people from many backgrounds and nationalities including a large number of people from the Pacific Rim. The median age range of Seattle residents is 25 to 44.

You may have heard about our weather. The rumors are true, you will need an umbrella. While it rains frequently during the winter, annual rainfall in Seattle is lower than the national average.

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Cortiva Institute does not provide student housing. The school is conveniently located within walking distance of Capitol Hill, Seattle's most densely populated residential neighborhood. There are many print and on-line resources available to assist you in your search for housing. Some include:

There are several pay parking lots close to the school and pay parking is also available on the street. We encourage students to car pool and make use of alternate transportation methods when possible.

The commercial area surrounding the school includes several notables: REI's flagship store, the Seattle Times, the Westlake Mall, and a variety of restaurants. Travel to and from the school is easy. We're within quick access to I-5 (Mercer exit) as well as Seattle's first highway, Highway 99. Metro buses run within three blocks in all directions, and there are even bike routes that pass nearby for those who want their exercise coming and going to massage school.

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