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Setting Client Priorities and Goals. Treatment Planning as To-Do List.

by Leslie Byrd LMT, CHAI graduate & contributing author to the CHAI Massage Blog.

When it comes to Massage Therapy Session & Treatment Planning, the client’s priorities and treatment goals can and should be treated much like a to-do list.

Putting check marks next to daily, weekly, and monthly items can give you a sense of accomplishment, allow you to feel productive, and enable you to Continue reading

Massage Therapy:: Knowledge and Power

It is often said that Knowledge is Power…
The students at Cohutta Healing Arts (CHAI) School of Massage are definitely equipped with plenty of knowledge! The North Georgia Massage Therapy Certification Program is a total of 755 hours of training. Recognized by state and national boards, the program offers 50% more than the required hours. Students of CHAI receive a curriculum that includes Continue reading

Self Care: Practice What You Promote

“you cannot give what you do not have.” – milton trager

This is the second in a 2-part series by Leslie Byrd, LMT, CHAI graduate & contributing author to the CHAI Massage Blog. Part 1 focuses on self-care for the massage client.

Practice what you promote.
When you look at self-care as a licensed massage therapist (or as a massage therapy student), do you think only of your clients’ self-care, or do you actively consider your own self-care habits? Continue reading

CHAI Graduates Find Careers Close to Home

Many Cohutta Healing Arts School of Massage graduates are working in Ellijay and the North Georgia area. Several have started their own professional practice and others are employed at spas, massage centers and chiropractic offices nearby.

One example of CHAI graduates’ success in the field of Massage Therapy is Continue reading

Do You Have An Attitude of Self Care?

“Self-Care is the attitude and action that contributes to our happiness, balance, and well-being.”

The Day Class at Cohutta Healing Art Institute’s School of Massage has recently been discussing and learning How to Suggest Client Self-Care. CHAI students now know more about giving recommendations to their clients and are able to suggest stretches, exercises, home treatments and more for clients to do at home, in addition to returning for future sessions.

How do you think of self-care?

What actions and attitudes would you consider as self-care? Continue reading

Massage School: Gaining Clinic Confidence

As part of our comprehensive massage therapy certification program, Cohutta Healing Arts Institute School of Massage requires that students complete hands on training by providing massage therapy treatments to the public. Doing so builds confidence and skills for entering the field of massage.

One Massage School Student’s Experience with a Difficult Clinic Session

(Certain details have been edited or omitted to honor the privacy of both student and client.)

I had successfully finished my first quarter of student clinic with amazing session results and wonderful feedback from clients and was now well into my second clinic quarter Continue reading

Massage Therapists Listen with their Hands and their Heart

Client Connection

You hold the ability within you, as a licensed massage therapist, to bring more relaxation to the lives of others. You have the ability and skill to provide others with reduced pain and stress, better sleep, greater mobility and more.

The connection you have with your client may happen quickly, or it may take weeks, months or years to build. Yet, the connection between your hands, your knowledge and the client’s needs is always present. True client connection is in recognizing who you are as a therapist and Continue reading

Massaging with Intention:: Part 2

How Can a Massage Therapist provide Massage with Intention?

This is a 2 part series by Leslie Byrd LMT, CHAI graduate and contributing author to the CHAI Massage Blog. Click here to read Part 1.

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You’ve set your intentions for your massage session. Now how do you apply it?

Grounding – Grounding (also sometimes referred to as “Earthing”) is a type of meditation, often in which the person stands barefoot or lays directly on the ground. Other aspects of grounding simply refer to centering or “mindfulness” in which a person focuses on nothing but their immediate surroundings. Grounding before or during a massage session may include Continue reading

Massaging with Intention:: Part 1

What does massaging with intention mean & why is important?

Massaging with intention, as opposed to just applying massage techniques, can mean the difference between a client relaxing and a client truly letting go and trusting their massage therapist. It can mean the difference between softening muscles and loosening muscle adhesions, and tension/stress/tightness just melting away. Intention within massage has the potential to bring with it a more positive energy and outlook for the session and the client. It means being totally present, aware, and focused, and it can bring a heightened level of client-centeredness to your sessions. Continue reading

Massage Students Visit “BODIES-The Exhibition”

BODIES – The Exhibition. More than a field trip. A true learning experience.

In March a few of our (now graduated) students from the 2017-2018 Night Class had the opportunity to go on a field trip to the BODIES exhibit at Atlantic Station in Atlanta. Instructors from Cohutta Healing Arts accompanied the students to help them understand what they were seeing by pointing out Continue reading

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