Vicki Platt - LMT, NMT, NCTMB

Vicki Platt | Serenity Massage + Wellness Spa

Georgia License #MT3183
Augusta Location Only (Mon./Wed./Fri.)

Vicki was born in Carbondale, Illinois and raised in Atlanta, Ga. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a BS in Education. She chose to travel in Europe for 6 months before beginning to teach in Henry County September 1973. Vicki went to Georgia State and earned a Master in Early Childhood Education in 1976 while teaching. Due to the stress of teaching she was drawn to massage and attended the Atlanta School of Massage while teaching her last year in Henry County and graduated in May 1982.

Vicki moved to Augusta in June 1982 and had her first child. Since she quit teaching to be a stay at home mom she began doing massage to supplement the family income. With the birth of her second child, she continued to do massage part time and found it very satisfying to help reduce peoples' pain and stress. In 1991 her business went full time as her children were in school and there were more people using massage for therapeutic reasons instead of relaxation.

In the spring of 1991 Vicki went to China for three weeks to study massage with the doctors of that region. She studied both orthopedic massage and sports massage while there. Vicki also witnessed the use of acupuncture by the doctors and became very interested in it. She later took a 100 hr. Acupressure course to learn more and found it very effective in helping to promote wellness.

In 1995 she opened the Georgia Institute of Therapeutic Massage and began teaching massage in the community. Her vast experience with continuing education along with the teaching degree provided the skills to instruct adults. They received a strong foundation in providing massage for relaxation and pain reduction. They were also exposed to variety of techniques. Students were required to do clinical hours under supervision for experience. Her school was open from October 1995 until May of 2001 providing quality education in massage along with continuing education for graduates in the area. Over 100 people graduated from the school, including 2 blind individuals. Sadly she saw a need to close the school due to family needs beyond her control and she returned to a private massage practice. Then in 2006 she chose to return to public school education and taught for 9 years in the Richmond County School System. While teaching, Vicki earned a Specialist in Education from Augusta State University in 2006. Although she devoted the majority of her time to the teaching profession she continued to do massage part time on Saturdays. In May 2015 she retired from Richmond County. In June Vicki began working part time at Serenity Massage + Wellness Spa for Laurie Pratt.

Again Vicki enjoys helping to reduce peoples' pain, stress and provide relaxation for the CSRA population. By incorporating acupressure and cranial sacral with massage techniques the muscles relax and the fascia that surrounds the muscles unwind providing a great sense of relaxation. Vicki uses her vast knowledge from many years of continuing education and experience to help relax her clients whether they are in pain or just desire a relaxation massage.

Continuing Education

CranioSacral Therapy 2, Upledger Institute International, August 2017
Research and Massage Therapy, online course: October 2016
Chinese Facial Massage & TMJ Techniques, Debbie DeNardo: March 2016
Soft-tissue Dysfunction of the Head, Neck and Shoulder, Nancy Dail: October 2015
Assisted Yoga on the Massage Table, Thai Massage, Dr. Camden Clay: June 2014
Assisted yoga Postures from Thai Massage Part 3, Dr. Camden Clay: July 2012
Professional Ethics for the Massage Therapist and Bodyworker (online) July 2012
Qigong Healing and Breathing Techniques Levels 1,2,3: Supreme Science Qigong Foundation
Atlanta, GA: March 2011
Introduction to Fijian Massage, Lolita Knight, LMT: August 2010
Chinese Facial Fusion Massage , Lolita Knight, LMT: August 2010
Deep Structural Release for the Hips and IT Band, Gary Schwander LMT: June 2010
Deep Structural Release for the Thoracic Cavity, Gary Schwander LMT: June 2010
Ethics Home Study: July 2008
Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques for Back Pain, Eric Dalton: March 2008
Introduction to Hot Stone Massage, N C: February 2006
Orthopedic Massage and Pain Management, James Waslaski: January 2005
Ethics Home Study: March 2004
Lymphatic Drainage, Atlanta Georgia March 2004
Neuromuscular Techniques- Upper Extremities, David Kent: January 2005
Assisted yoga Postures from Thai Massage Part 2, Dr. Camden Clay: July 2003
Assisted yoga Postures from Thai Massage Part 1, Dr. Camden Clay: June 2003
Orthopedic Massage and Pain Management, James Waslaski: January 2003
Vitaflex Reflexology, Tom Wolfe : June 2002
Orthopedic Massage or Upper Body, James Waslaski, LMT, Augusta, GA: January 2002
Stress and Disease, INR, Augusta GA: October 2001
Beginning Cranial Sacral Therapy, Dr Don Cornwell, Ph.D., D.O.M: June 2001
Medical and Orthopedic Massage Intensive Training, James Waslaski, LMT Augusta, GA: January 2001
Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians, Tom Myers, LMT, Atlanta, GA: Nov. 2000
Fibromyalgia-Russian Massage, Zenya Kurashova, LMT, Augusta, GA: March 2000
Posture Assessment, Richard Hornish, LMT, GITM, Augusta, GA: February 2000
Medical and Orthopedic Massage Intensive Training, James Waslaski, Augusta, GA: January 2001
Infant Massage Instructor Certification, Maria Mathis RN, LMT: Nov. 1999
Thai Massage Level 1, Dr. Camden Clay, ASM, Atlanta, GA: February 1998
Soft Tissue Manipulation, Dr. Leon Chatow, Ph.D., D.O.M., Atlanta, GA: July 1997
Soft Tissue Manipulation for the Treatment of Peripheral Entrapment of Nerves, Dr. Clifford Shooker
March 1997
Cranial Sacral Unwinding, Dr Don Cornwell, Ph.D., D.O.M: October 1996
Acupressure Certification-150hr., Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D: January, 1996
Top Ten Pain Releasers: Self Help Techniques for Reducing Pain and Stress, Arlene Green: March 1995
Twenty-Seventh Regional Symposium on Fibromyalgia Syndrome & Massage Therapy
Richard P. van Why: October 1994
Flexibility, Active and Assisted Stretches, Aaron Mattes ASM, July 1994
Pregnancy Massage, ASM, Atlanta, GA: Nov. 1993
Positional Release, Dr. Leon Chaitow N.D., D.O: June 1993
Polarity Certification, ASM, Phil Young Atlanta, GA: January 1993
Healing Touch Level 1, Jane Hightower Augusta GA: July 1992
Neuromuscular Certification, Jeanne Alan LMT, ASM, Atlanta, GA: Nov. 1992
Muscle Energy Techniques, Dr. Leon Chaitow, NO, DO, MRO: July 1992
Cranial Sacral Balancing Certification, Phil Young LMT, ASM, Atlanta, GA: February 1992
Orthopedic Massage, Guang An Men Hosipital Orthopedic Clinic, Beiging, China Sports Massage, Sports Center, Beiging, China: April 1991
Russian Massage Certification, Zenya Kirashova LMT, ASM, Atlanta, GA: April 1990
Neuromuscular Techniques, Dr. Leon Chaitow, NO, DO, MRO: July 1989
On Site Massage (Chair massage) ASM, Atlanta, GA: August 1987

Initial training:
Atlanta School of Massage 1982- 1000hr Certification

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Laurie L Pratt - LMT, BCTMB (owner)

Laurie Pratt has been practicing massage therapy since 2003 when she took over the ownership of Serenity (formerly Serenity Day Spa).  Now 20 years in business, Serenity Massage & Wellness Spa continues to deliver the best therapeutic massage techniques offered in the local area.  Laurie has served as a volunteer with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), at the board level, since 2005.  She is always striving to bring the profession to a higher level of acceptance within the medical and local communities and to implore people to make massage a part of their wellness program.  She struggles everyday with Fibromyalgia but with weekly/bi-weekly massage sessions she is able to get the tension relief she needs to be the successful business person she has become and keep up with a very busy lifestyle.  When business and volunteering are not taking up her time she lends a hand to her husband (Craig) and his passion for the robotics program he help bring to the area.  When they are not running their respective businesses or volunteering; Laurie and Craig love to travel.  She recently went to Kenya on a 14 day Safari and he to golf on the greens in Scotland.  Although they are both born and raised in Illinois, they met in Charleston, SC in 1994 and have been married and in the Augusta area since 1997.