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Why Become A Massage Therapist? “To Help People”

How Massage Therapy Students Learn to Help Others…

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

Ask almost any massage therapy student why they want to become a professional licensed massage therapist, or what motivated them to enroll in massage certification courses, and you will inevitably hear most of them say: “to help people.”

But what does “helping people” mean? Continue reading

We “Heart” Massage!

Why Massage Therapy Students Love Massage….  by Leslie Byrd LMT, CHAI graduate and contributing author to the CHAI Massage Blog.

Many people know why they love massage. From its benefits of lowering pain and stress, increasing relaxation, and aiding in healing, to the fact that it just FEELS GOOD. Massage is often sought after as a luxurious treat for those on vacation or for those celebrating something – an engagement, a birthday or an anniversary, for example. For others, massage is an important aspect of their self-care and health management. Continue reading

Are You Doing What You’ve Always Wanted to Do?

From Massage School to Licensed Massage Therapist – Part 2

You’ve graduated. You’ve passed the MBLEx.* You’re ready and determined.  Now what?

For some, APPREHENSION sets in.  Are you really ready to do something that you have always wanted to do?

It is now up to you. If you have not done so already, it’s up to you to find a place to work. Will you be a business owner or will you be working for someone else? Continue reading

First You Graduate. Then You Take THE TEST.

From Massage School to Licensed Massage Therapist – Part 1

By Leslie Byrd LMT, CHAI graduate and contributing author to the CHAI Massage Blog.

It’s fourth quarter for our night class students at Cohutta Healing Arts School of Massage.  Soon they will know how great it feels to graduate from Massage Therapy School…and scary.

After graduation, you have to pass the MBLEx* – “THE TEST.”   As a massage therapy student, you literally spend a year or more preparing for this 100 question adaptive test. Continue reading

Student Mentoring Encourages Growth and Friendship

By Leslie Byrd LMT, CHAI graduate and contributing author to the CHAI Massage Blog.

January is annually recognized in the United States as National Mentoring Month. While this campaign is primarily to promote youth mentoring, in-keeping with its theme, we promote and encourage the relationships formed between new massage students and the instructors and advanced students who mentor, coach and befriend them. This mentoring and camaraderie can help students establish a deeper respect and understanding of massage therapy, which leads to more successful careers within the field. Continue reading

A New Year. A New You.

By Leslie Byrd LMT, CHAI graduate and contributing author to the CHAI Massage Blog.

As the New Year begins, many will make resolutions regarding their lives. Often these resolutions are toward specific goals such as becoming healthier, having a more positive outlook on life, spending less money, and reducing stress. You may want to take a more active approach to your health and spend more time on your personal well-being. You may want to make a positive impact on the life of another. Or you may want to learn a new skill or hobby. Continue reading

Massage Therapy: A Gift of Touch

Each year around this time, many will exchange gifts and enthusiastically enjoy the season of giving. The days may be shorter, possibly darker and colder, but it is this warmth and compassion generously offered that seems to fill the season with light and warmth. Continue reading

A Touch of Thankfulness – a Massage Therapist’s Perspective

By Leslie Byrd LMT, CHAI graduate and contributing author to the CHAI Massage Blog.

The difference between a client’s demeanor when first walking into the office or arriving to student clinic, versus at the end of their session, can often be substantial. At first, there is perhaps hesitation or anxiety – if they have never received massage before, if they are seeing a new therapist for the first time, or if they are dealing with a new symptom or pathology. They may be experiencing Continue reading

As Seasons Change – A New Massage Therapy Class Arrives

This time of year in the North Georgia Mountains, there is a chill setting in. The days are shorter and the night arrives sooner. Everyone is bundled up in jackets and sweaters, sipping hot tea, cocoa, or warm flavored coffee. And yet, soon it will be winter, followed by Spring, and the warmth will come once again. Buds will return to the trees and flowers will once again bloom with life.

Training for a career in massage therapy at Cohutta Healing Arts in Ellijay, Georgia resembles the passing of the seasons. Continue reading

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