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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

Massage: An exchange of wisdom, compassion, healing and much more.

“The healing arts that take place here are about the acknowledgement and respect of each individual’s complete and unique self. I find that absolutely inspiring!”

(by Leslie Byrd, Student Massage Therapist, CHAI School of Massage )

As this 2nd quarter of massage therapy training draws to an end, I am as nervous as I am excited! Soon our day class at Cohutta Healing Arts will be providing Student Clinic massage appointments. Continue reading