Contact Patricia Babin
770-367-6624

Ellijay, Georgia

Schedule a Student Massage

As part of our comprehensive massage therapy certification program, Cohutta Healing Arts Institute School of Massage requires that students complete hands on training by providing massage therapy treatments to the public. Clients will have the benefit of receiving massage at reduced rates during our student clinic hours. Appointment scheduling is required to receive a massage.

Appointments may be scheduled online using the link below.

Student Clinic COVID-19 Update:

The safety and health of our clients, students and staff are our utmost concern.  Please be assured that the students and staff at Cohutta Healing Arts are adhering to the Executive Order issued by Governor Brian Kemp regarding protocols to see clients in our clinic. In addition, we have added sanitation protocols above and beyond those required* to ensure the safety of our clients, students, staff and families.

The following protocols apply for all clients:

You must wear a mask to enter our building.  You will be required to wear a mask the entire time you are in the building, except for time spent face-down on the massage table.

Upon arrival, your temperature will be taken, and several health questions asked. (If you are experiencing any signs of COVID-19 you will be required to reschedule your appointment.)

You will then be asked to go back to your car to wait until your student massage therapist is ready for you.  We will text or call you to advise when it is time to enter the building and be escorted directly to the treatment area by the student.

Evaluation forms will be emailed to the client to complete their assessment of the student and the massage treatment.

* COVID-19 Protocols from the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (pdf)

Massage Appointment FAQs

Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.