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Laurie L. Pratt


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Laurie L. Pratt, LMT, BCTMB, L.M.B.T.

GA License # MT376
NC License #19339
National Certification #409056-00 (since Sept. 2004)

Laurie was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. While traveling with one of her jobs she decided there were too many nicer/warmer places to live and moved South in 1993. After sustaining a bad knee injury in 2002 Laurie decided to pursue a career in massage therapy to help educate others on the benefits and overall effects it has on one’s well-being. While attending massage school an opportunity came up for her to purchase Serenity Day Spa. After 5 years in existence, Serenity came to know a new owner. In the years since 2003 Serenity has grown from one 800 sq. foot location to two 1,500 sq. foot locations (2010 – 2017) and now is solely in a newly purchased 2,300 sq. foot building in Augusta, Georgia. We continue to be voted “Best Place to Get a Massage” and among the top 3 “Best Day Spas” in the CSRA year after year. Most recently voted “Best Therapeutic Massage” by the Augusta Chronicle readers in 2020.

Laurie is Nationally Certified and also licensed in the states of Georgia and North Carolina. She specializes in myofascial release, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular, and deep tissue techniques but administers all types of massage. She has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia since 2007 – fighting it since 2005; and suffers the daily battle of chronic muscle tightness and aches associated with the syndrome and fights this common ailment with the help of monthly deep tissue massage, hot baths, and diet.

Laurie continues to expand her knowledge by taking ongoing continuing education classes as well as serving as a key volunteer with the American Massage Therapy Association.

Laurie is a mother of three grown kids who have all ventured out on their own. She loves to travel and her most recent adventures have taken her to Fiji for a 20-year vow renewal to her loving husband Craig, a solo two-week safari trip to Kenya, Africa, snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park, will be traveling to Italy and Croatia with her eldest son in June 2023 and then off to St. Lucia for a 25-year anniversary trip with her husband.

Classes taken at the World Massage Festival in July 2022 – Cherokee, NC

  • Forearm Fusion, Jim Funk
  • Thai Massage for the Table, Jill Burynski

Introduction to Myofascial Therapies, Pete Whitridge, October 2017

Business Skills – Vision for Your Future, Pete Whitridge, October 2017

Classes taken at the AMTA National Convention in October 2016 – Milwaukee, WI

  • Navigating the Massage Therapy Reimbursement Maze, Nancy Porambo
  • Current Research:  Massage Therapy & Pain, Jerrilyn Cambron
  • The Mystery of Pain, Douglas Nelson
  • Bring Home the Gold:  Olympians + Massage Therapy, Dr. Brent Bauer

Body Exhibition and Massage Therapy, Ben Glosson, AMTA Chapter Meeting, Atlanta, GA – September 2016

Structures Integrated: Arms, Ben Glosson, AMTA Chapter Membership Meeting, Stockbridge GA – February 2016

CPR, AED & First Aid Program Certification Course, National Health Care Provider Solutions, Online Course – February 2015

The Art of ACE Massage Cupping Therapy, Anita Shannon, Video Training and Testing:  October 2015

Soft Tissue Dysfunctions of the Head, Neck and Shoulders, Nancy Dail, AMTA Membership Meeting, Augusta GA – October 2015 

Classes taken at the Florida State Massage Therapy Assoc. (FSMTA) Convention in June 2014 – Orlando, FL

  • Massage Therapy and Medical Marijuana Dr. Adam Levine, M.D. J.D.
  • CranioSacral Therapy Applications for Massage Therapy Mariann Sisco PT, CST-D
  • Medicupping Therapy – Vacuum Mobilization in the Medical Field (Part I & II) Stacie Nevelus
  • Intro to Tools for Affective Deep Tissue Matthew Howe
  • The AMTA Fascial Therapy Continuing Education Program, Part One (online course)

Certified Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage Therapist – June 29 – July 1, 2012

Nurturing the Mother is a 24-hour course and certification in Pregnancy Massage, Labor Massage and Support, Postpartum Massage, Reflexology for Pregnancy and Childbirth, Related Cautions and Contraindications and Nurturing the Pregnant Couple Instructor Training.

Other Continuing Education Classes taken in July 2012

  • Conducting a Professional Interview & Massage Session, Elite Continuing Education: July 2012
  • Introduction to Marketing for Massage Therapists, Elite Continuing Education: July 2012
  • Medication & Massage Therapy Part 1: Introduction to Pharmacology, Elite Continuing Education: July 2012
  • Working with Clients with Health Problems, Elite Continuing Education: July 2012

Classes taken at the 2009 AMTA National Convention in Orlando, Florida

  • Leadership Training and House of Delegates Operations Committee Orientation: September 22 – 27, 2009
  • Foundations of Lymphatic Drainage, Elisa DelFalco: June 2009
  • Ethics & Standards – Roles & Boundaries in Massage: March 2008
  • Biotone’s Body Treatments Workshop, Travis Ochoa: May 2007

Classes taken at the AMTA National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Introduction to Hot Stone Massage, Bruce Baltz: October 2006
  • Stone Massage – Fundamentals of Deep Tissue Healing, Bruce Baltz: October 2006
  • Easing Back Pain with Rythmic Deep Tissue Technique, Carole Osburn-Sheets: October 2006

Advanced training in Anatomy @ University of South Florida, College of Medicine

  • 5 day Full Body Dissection, Dr. Julian Dwornik and David Kent: August 2005

Other classes taken around the country from various instructors:

  • Wrapped Up in Fascia, Richard A. Hoff, CBT: November 2011
  • Various Spa Business Courses, ISPA: October 2010
  • Foundations of Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Elisa DiFalco: June 2009
  • Orthopedic Massage and Pain Management, James Waslaski: January 2005
  • Neuromuscular Techniques – Upper Extremeties, David Kent: January 2004
  • Orthopedic Massage and Pain Management, James Waslaski: September 2003
  • Augusta School of Massage – 600 credit hour course: March 2003

Board Positions Held with American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA):

2016 – 2018 AMTA Georgia Chapter President/Financial Administrator/Delegate

2015 – 2016 AMTA Georgia Chapter Treasurer/Delegate

2015 – 2016 AMTA Georgia Chapter Website Chair

2010 – 2012  Virginia College Advisory Board

2010 – 2011 AMTA Georgia Chapter Website Chair

2009 – 2010 AMTA Georgia Chapter Secretary

2008 – 2009 AMTA Georgia Chapter Delegate

2009 – 2010 AMTA Augusta Unit – Secretary/Treasurer

2008 – 2009 AMTA Augusta Unit – President

2004 – 2007 AMTA Augusta Unit – 1st V.P.

2004-2007 AMTA Augusta Unit – Chairman Government Relations