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Massage School Curriculum Enhanced by National Research

ABMP and ELAP influences curriculum at CHAI.

Patricia Babin, Instructor and Director of Administration at Cohutta Healing Arts Institute (CHAI), was one many massage school directors to take part in the ABMP School Issues Forum in Boulder, Colorado last week. Her impression of everyone associated with ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals) was resoundingly positive.

ABMP Conference

According to Patricia, those who convened in Boulder last week are industry leaders who want to see students thrive, both in school and once they graduate. “My association with the industry in a broad sense will improve the program we offer. Our students will reap the benefits of these connections while in school, when they’re ready to leave school, and in the industry at large after they graduate.”

Jennifer Houle, CEO and Director of Education at Cohutta Healing Arts (CHAI) designed the massage school’s state approved curriculum. However, the massage therapy industry is growing at such a rapid pace, the directors see opportunities for continually reviewing their course offerings to ensure that students are educated in cutting edge research and methodology.

CHAI’s 755 hour Massage Therapy Certification is already more robust than the suggested 625 hours recommended by ELAP.  The Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) is a research project initiated by the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations in March 2012. The project goals were to define knowledge and skill components of entry-level education and recommend the minimum number of hours schools should teach to prepare graduates for safe and competent practice in the massage profession.  (Source: )

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Massage therapy is more than a career path. It’s a journey into healing and wholeness for yourself and others. Contact us today to receive a student massage or to register for Fall classes.

Located in Ellijay, Georgia, the CHAI School of Massage provides a comprehensive massage therapy educational program that focuses on comprehension of the human body, massage theory and history, proficient massage therapy techniques, ethical business practices and client-centered care.  For more details visit: