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Ellijay, Georgia

Jobs Waiting for Massage School Graduates

“You can be on your way to a career you’ll love in less than a year.” That’s what Jennifer Houle and Patricia Babin, co-founders, instructors and licensed practitioners at Cohutta Healing Arts Institute (CHAI) told prospective students when they created a school for massage therapy training in downtown Ellijay, Georgia.

For the third year in a row, graduating students at the CHAI School of Massage already have jobs waiting on them before they graduate. Other graduates have established their own independent massage businesses and are serving clients’ needs as entrepreneurs.

“There is a growing need for compassionate, well-trained massage professionals,” says Houle. “Massage Therapy is one of the most rapidly growing fields in the health and wellness industry and is highly regarded by mainstream health providers for its wide range of health benefits.”

“We created the CHAI Massage Therapy Certification program to fulfill a real need that goes beyond teaching relaxation techniques. The curriculum is intense. It not only prepares students for real-world application of their new skills, but also prepares them for the required licensing exam.”

“We’re proud of the success our students are having in the community,” adds Babin. “Employers looking for massage therapists are eager to interview CHAI students because they value the depth of the CHAI Massage Therapy Certification program. We’re humbled by their accolades and thrilled to be adding quality practitioners to the profession we love.”

Jobs are waiting for Massage Therapists before they graduate.


Danielle Moody

CHAI graduate Danielle Moody is adding Massage Therapy to the list of services she will offer at Preesh Salon in Ball Ground, GA. Moody’s employer, Emily Johnson, toured the school with her during an Open House event last year. Johnson was impressed and created a flexible work schedule that allowed Moody to participate in the classes and student clinics while still employed at Preesh.

“Danielle is already an asset to the salon as a Master Cosmetologist. Being able to offer our clients massage services will elevate our business from being a salon to being a full-service day spa. I am thrilled that Danielle was interested in pursuing massage training and am very happy that she could do so in Ellijay,” says Johnson.

Students of the current certification class at CHAI have opportunities waiting for them with the well-known franchise LaVida Massage. LaVida Massage Centers are located across the country in 19 states and Canada.


Kaleigh Madison

Kaleigh Madison has been hired by LaVida Massage of Cumming. Kaleigh began working part time at the Cumming location as a Front Desk/Sales Associate while attending class at Cohutta Healing Arts (CHAI) School of Massage. Exposure to the business operations, services and clients has given Kaleigh a real-world understanding of what she has been learning in the Massage Therapy Certification program. According to Andrew Wolf, owner of LaVida Massage of Cumming, “I’m excited for Kaleigh to join our team full time. She’s already shown a great work ethic with our staff and clients.”

Wolf notes: “Having a massage school of CHAI’s caliber is a win-win scenario for our business and our clients. It’s hard to find Licensed Massage Therapists in North Georgia. Our focus is to offer serious therapeutic massage. Hiring skillfully trained therapists from a dedicated massage program ensures that our clients receive the highest quality care. I’m impressed with CHAI’s curriculum and look forward to hiring more of their graduates as our business grows.”


Chase Quattlebaum


Kelly Buddenhagen

Chase Quattlebaum and Kelly Buddenhagen, both graduating this month, will be applying for positions at LaVida Massage of Canton.

LaVida of Canton’s co-owner, Kathy Spidel, met the massage students during “mock interviews” last month. According to Babin, the interviews are an important part of the training program at CHAI: “They give the students an opportunity to practice interviewing and validating their new skills. Kathy shared with us that she was overwhelmed by the confidence, knowledge and passion of each student she interviewed.”

Spidel adds: “It is clear to me that this school is providing a very special opportunity for its students. They’re obviously teaching them to be well-trained massage therapists with impeccable integrity and work ethic. What I found deeply impressive was their authentic desire to help people. That’s the kind of person we want to hire. Our business is growing and we’re always looking for new massage therapists. Based on what I’ve learned about the school and its students, we will gladly welcome CHAI graduates to interview with us.”


Olivia Fasola

Olivia Fasola, also graduating this month, will be seeking opportunities to provide massage therapy within chiropractic offices and spas.

Word of the School’s Success is Spreading.

The success of the Cohutta Healing Arts Institute (CHAI) School of Massage and its graduates continues to reach beyond the local level and is attracting prospective students from all over North Georgia. Houle added: “Word is getting out! Massage therapy benefits those who receive care, and it is also a fulfilling career for those who want to help others.”

Cohutta Healing Arts Institute (CHAI) School of Massage, located in downtown Ellijay, teaches a comprehensive curriculum that is recognized by state and national boards for therapeutic massage. To learn more, visit or call 855-515-2424.