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Field Trip! Massage School Students Attend Conference in Atlanta

Michael Shirley is in his second quarter of his massage therapy certification program at Cohutta Healing Arts Institute (CHAI). He and his classmates recently attended the introductory “Smart from the Start” session geared toward massage therapy students at the ONE Concept Health Professional Conference and Wellness Expo in Atlanta.

“I did not expect to see this many new massage therapists. Some are about to graduate, and some are just halfway through like us” Michael commented. “There were four guest speakers, and the best thing they said was the same advice given by Terri Barton from the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) who came to our school. That was you have to have three things:  A heart for people. Knowledge about what you’re doing and how to help. Passion – drive, passion, and the determination not to give up.”DSCN5587_opt

Michael is not a newcomer to the industry, as he works in a wellness spa and is engaged to a massage therapist, yet he is surprised by the level of commitment required to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. CHAI School of Massage offers a program that provides 50% more hours than the state requires, and Michael admits that his coursework “Is not easy, but is very rewarding.”

At the conference, Michael also learned that there is a lot of support among massage therapists. “You can give us a call anytime,” he was told repeatedly by seasoned therapists and vendors. There were product samples to take home for use in many different modalities and “there was much there to see. It was all new and it opened up a whole new world for all of us.”

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Located in Ellijay, Georgia, the CHAI School of Massage provides a comprehensive massage therapy educational program that includes training in medical massage, sports massage, and energetic modalities. For more details visit: