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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 Heaven Sent Massage of Ellijay. Located in the same two-story Wellness Center in downtown Ellijay as the massage school, Heaven Sent Massage of Ellijay was founded three years ago by CHAI graduate and current CHAI Student Clinic Director, Linda Stanley, LMT, MMP. Linda’s practice steadily gained a positive reputation through knowledgeable session planning, client-centered treatment, and skillful care. Growth in client base and in referrals to the practice, prompted Linda to recruit several Cohutta Healing Arts graduates as licensed practitioners. At the time of this article, a total of seven licensed CHAI graduates are working within the practice – three of these former students are also employed by the school itself.

In order to fill the expanding schedule of Heaven Sent Massage of Ellijay, I chose to invite several CHAI graduates to join our practice. I know their skill level and feel very confident entrusting my current and future clients to their care.  (Linda Stanley, LMT, MMP, Owner of Heaven Sent Massage of Ellijay)

I feel very valued and appreciated working with Heaven Sent Massage of Ellijay. It’s like being a part of a family.  (Chasity Green, LMT)

Extensive Training Prepares Graduates for Future Practice

Graduates of the Cohutta Healting Arts Massage Therapy Certification Program complete an extensive syllabus of study that surpasses state requirements, giving its students 755 hours of instruction and hands-on learning. The North Georgia massage school’s 100% Pass Rate for the licensing exam is a tremendous affirmation of both the quality instruction and the caliber of students that have graduated from the program. CHAI graduates are employed at spas, massage centers and chiropractic offices across North Georgia, and are equipped with extensive knowledge in both Relaxation and Therapeutic techniques and are able to provide such treatments as Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, assistance with stretching, and more.

For many who attend Cohutta Healing Arts Institute (CHAI) School of Massage in North Georgia, the experience goes beyond just learning and receiving instruction in anatomy and physiology, massage techniques, and therapeutic application. Friendships are formed, professional relationships are built, and the school becomes much like a second home. Students, graduates, and instructors form bonds based upon knowledge, skill, and similar specialties and interests and become a kind of family. After students graduate from the school, they often return to assist and volunteer in classes with new students – aiding with instruction, offering tips and advice on technique, sharing their personal experience(s) as professionals, and sitting in as “bodies” for the purpose of massage practice and clinic days. Some students may even find the opportunity to be employed by the school upon becoming licensed or find careers in nearby locations which allows them to drop-in to the school often.

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