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Ellijay, Georgia

We Practice What We Teach


Whether you’re testing the waters to find out if massage therapy is a possible career path, or you’re fully committed to jumping right in, we want you to know why Cohutta Healing Arts Institute (CHAI) is the school for you.

In this and subsequent blog posts, you’ll hear heartwarming stories from massage therapy instructors, their clients, and students. Massage therapy is more than just a career path. It’s a journey into healing and wholeness…for yourself and others.

Our Stories….

Jennifer Houle and Patricia Babin founded CHAI in 2013. Jennifer learned firsthand about massage as a client following a severe automobile injury. Her body broken and unable to stand unaided, she sought treatment from several doctors before consulting a licensed massage therapist. After a steady course of stretching and regular massage appointments, her body has recovered and realigned itself.


Knowing firsthand the healing power of touch, Jennifer went on to become a Licensed Massage Therapist, graduating in 1999 from the Humanities Center School of Massage. She is also a Naturopathic Doctor, and consummate teacher of massage students. Today, she is the Director of Education and CEO of Cohutta Healing Arts Institute, maintains a thriving massage practice, and is lead instructor for CHAI.



Patricia Babin’s story takes a different route. She and her husband made frequent trips from Atlanta to their weekend cabin in the North Georgia Mountains. In the process of retiring from her successful interior design business, she fueled her passion for holistic healing, becoming a Naturopathic Doctor and Jin Shin Do BodyMind Acupressure practitioner, among acquiring other credentials. Patricia brings her strong organizational and communication skills to her role as Director of Administration, CFO and instructor. To learn more about our Faculty, go to

While designing the curriculum for CHAI’s 755 hour Massage Therapy Certification Program, Jennifer knew that sticking with the state required minimum of 500 hours would not benefit her students. While they might have the bare essentials required to obtain licensure, they would not necessarily be employable LMT’s upon graduation. “As an employer of massage therapists, I was personally disappointed with the skill level and knowledge base of the independent contractors that applied for jobs.”

“We want to train a much more marketable, employable therapist.”  With that goal in mind, Jennifer designed a robust curriculum with extra time to thoroughly understand human anatomy and physiology, plus extra hands on experience during student clinics (85 hours as opposed to the state standard of 60). In addition, several more modalities are explored, like Neuromuscular Techniques and Myofascial Release.

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The Certification Program is a total of 755 hours of training divided into four 11-week quarters. For about $10/hour, our Massage Therapy Certification will help you begin a new career or enhance your current massage techniques.  Tuition financing plans are available.