Lisa Browning has been a licensed massage therapist since 1987. At that time the state of Georgia did not recognize the profession, and there was not a National Board either. She became licensed in the state of Florida and stayed current with that state until 2007 when Georgia finally instated a board for licensure. She now holds a Georgia License and completes 24 hours of continuing education every two years to keep it current.
Sports Massage therapy and Neuromuscular therapy are the basis for the style of her work. For years the bulk of massage that she did was for athletes. Lisa owned and operated a thriving massage business called Sports Massage Therapy Associates. This business had up to six massage therapists over the years from 1989-1999, and was the home of the Georgia Sports Massage Team for many years as well. Doctors of all kinds referred a good bit of the clientele, and working on athletes in training, people with structural issues causing pain and dysfunction and doing general maintenance massage was what was practiced in the office. Chronic problem areas are natural to our bodies, we are not perfectly balanced. When you ask the body to perform the daily movements, there is stress and strain. Lisa’s belief and strategy is that you need to understand your body from the stand point of balance, strength and flexibility, then do whatever is necessary to keep it functioning. The body is dynamic, always altering and changing, and the individual needs to be informed and experienced in staying on top of the fluctuations. Those who practice consistent sports or activities need to be even more diligent with the causes that stress the body, although everyone has to “check-in” through gentle stretching and strengthening. Massage offers one of the most dramatic tools that one can use to learn about what is going on in the body. It is also the primary tool to help it come to a balanced state.
After studying movement through teaching Pilates and Yoga and assessing, observing and doing personal training for hundreds of different bodies, her therapy has changed only in perspective. The physical work is similar, although the “prescription” for individuals will more often involve specific movement exercises to assist the process that is begun on the massage table. Active-assisted stretching and Thai Yoga massage stretches are also incorporated within many of the sessions. Clients will always be treated with techniques that seem to match their pain threshold, as finding just the right pressure is important to the neurological system.
Sessions at the studio are classified as follows:
General massage session (lasting from 60-75 minutes) - $75.00
1 1/2 hour massage - $100.00
Stretching* and massage (90 min.) - $100.00
45 min session incorporating whatever is needed (only done if client has been treated by Lisa prior) - $50.00
*If you are going to be stretched, please wear long shorts, tights, or sweats. Tight fitting workout pants or tights are the best.