About Gaia Therapeutic Massage
Hello! My name is Marie Antoinette Smalls, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and owner of Gaia Therapeutic Massage. My mission is simple: Offer support and relief for people dealing with symptoms of anxiety and depression.
I started my journey as an LMT at the age of 50. Before I decided to attend massage school, I worked full-time as a Certified Peer Specialist /Caseworker supporting peers in living their own lives, through directing their own recovery and wellness process.
Through my lived experiences, I know first-hand how stress can take a physical and emotional toll on one’s mental and physical well-being. I’ve overcome my own struggles with anxiety and depression. The traditional treatments for mental illness include medication, psychological therapy, or a combination of the two. I knew that there had to be a more holistic approach to feeling mentally, physically, and spiritually better.
That led me to focus more on my own personal healing. Through my self-discovery, I learned about the benefits of massage, the positive aspects of mindfulness meditation, and how focusing on my whole health could change my life. I incorporated these approaches in my own lifestyle changes. I learned to focus on my breathing which helped me to relax and become in-tune with my body. I learned to become centered in the present and not in the past or future. I started feeling better!!! I love the person I have become. I am LIVING again and not just EXISTING. From my experience, I wanted to support others who struggle with their own physical and emotional issues. So, I enrolled in massage school and that was the best thing I could have ever done!
Fast Forward!! I graduated in 2016 from Augusta School of Massage in Augusta Georgia. I received additional training in Whole Health and Wellness (WHAM), Trauma Informed Care, and as well as Bodywork for Anxiety and Depression. I am a Tibetan Sound Bowl Practitioner and a Certified Reiki practitioner (level 2). Master training in Reiki is in the near future. I am still working in the Mental Health field as an advocate for those who are unable or unwilling to voice their needs. I love to teach and model recovery.
I love spending time with my 8 grandchildren, close friends, and my two fur babies. Most people call me a mother hen because I’m always helping people become better versions of themselves. I LOVE to see the best in people when they don’t see it in themselves, and help them to discover how truly amazing they are!
Feel free to contact me at Marie@gaiatherapeuticmassage.com or 706-339-9541 for additional information and to schedule an appointment. I look forward to connecting with you soon!