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Research Confirms Massage Therapy is Serious Medicine.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has published scientific and medical research confirming that therapeutic massage has clinical benefits far beyond relaxation.

Reports from NIH and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) support massage as an effective therapy in the treatment of a wide variety of health conditions and has credited massage for reducing the need for anti-inflammatory drugs for many chronic pain sufferers.

Medical research is confirming that massage therapy provides measurable benefits in the treatment of back pain, fibromyalgia, foot-massage-smosteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle trauma, sleep disorders, post-surgical pain, and more.  Findings show that massage boosts the body’s immune system functioning and reduces blood pressure.  Studies also indicate that massage therapy reduces anxiety, depression, tension and worry in military veterans, cancer patients, and those with life-threatening illness.

According to the AMTA’s annual consumer survey, 75 percent of massage therapy recipients are seeking massage care for medical or health reasons, while 88 percent believed that massage is beneficial to their overall health and wellness.

Scientific research continues to validate the effectiveness of alternative therapies like massage, and mainstream health care providers are recommending massage as an option for their patients. This bridge between traditional and non-traditional medicine has influenced significant growth in the massage therapy profession.

Those seeking to enter the massage therapy field must meet educational and legal requirements to practice.  Education and training for a massage therapist includes developing a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy, massage history, theory and techniques; as well as ethical business practices for the delivery of compassionate client-centered care.  Although licensing may vary by state, most states require passing the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam or one of two exams administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

Ellijay is home to the Cohutta Healing Arts Institute (CHAI) School of Massage which is recognized by three regulating boards:  the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission; the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy; and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

For more information about the benefits of massage, becoming a massage therapist, or receiving massage and bodywork, visit: or call 855-515-2424.