NYS Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Sound Bath Practitioner
Media Trained Spa & Wellness Expert
Spa Event Director & Consultant
Marie Watkinson, LMT
SPA CHICKS ON THE GO ® was founded in 2003 by Marie Watkinson, LMT - the celebrity massage therapist, spa/beauty expert and beauty industry influencer with over two decades of experience in the beauty, spa and wellness industry. Marie is a 1992 graduate of the Swedish Massage School in New York City and has been a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist for over 25 years. Marie is also a Certified Sound Bath Practitioner who creates custom sound bath healing experiences for groups and private sessions. Marie started her career as a medical massage therapist within the sports medicine setting and also worked at various day spas including serving as Massage Director for the Ajune Day Spa. She operated a successful private medical massage practice on West 57th Street - focusing on sports, medical and prenatal massage.
Over 16 years ago, Marie launched SPA CHICKS ON THE GO ® with critical acclaim as New York City's first "mobile spa". Spa Chicks quickly became known as the "Gold Standard of Beauty Events" across many industries and contnues to set the standard of excellence within the field. Marie leads up beauty/spa activations for product launches, pop up beauty, corporate wellness, special media projects, desk side pitches, expert beauty copy and professional display work. Marie's unique style, sharp attention to detail, meticulous work ethic and hands on approach ensures your event will be delivered with flawless execution. Marie hand picks every beauty and wellness professional on her A-list beauty team making sure that everyone meets the highest standards of professionalism, demeanor and service.
With years of high profile event experience and hundreds of successful activations, her work is trusted by many of the world's top luxury brands to execute their vision to media and consumers. Her client list includes The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Saturday Night Live, Victoria's Secret, Crate and Barrel, Conde Nast, Target, CEW, L'Oreal, Coty, L'Occitane, Molton Brown, NBC, HBO, Coca Cola, The NFL, Huffington Post, AOL, Google, Facebook and many more. Marie has had the honor of sitting on CEW Beauty Awards Finalist Committee annually since 2014. She served on advisory board for the Indie Beauty Expo during their start up year and led their 2015 Best in Show Awards. Marie also served as an beauty expert for Redbook and Parents Magazine for their Beauty Awards. In 2005, Marie's professional services were prominently featured on THE APPRENTICE 3 as a massage event consultant for a mobile massage "task" in an Airstream Jet Camper.
Marie's has been featured as an industry expert on television shows such as The Apprentice 3, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Today Show, My Fair Wedding, Queer Eye, Montel Williams, NY 1 News, Fox 5 News, CW11 News, Party Girl, Wall Street Journal Weekend, Better Homes and Gardens TV, Cover Shot, The Isaac Mizrahi Show and Relationship Rehab. She has been featured in The New York Times (3x), Crain's Business, InStyle Magazine (2x), Lucky Magazine, Redbook Magazine, WWD, New York Magazine, Biz Bash, Parents Magazine, American Baby Magazine, Life and Style, OK! Magazine, Harmony Magazine, Prevention, Fit Pregnancy, Modern Bride, Spa Finder Magazine, Day Spa Magazine, American Spa, American Salon and Nails Magazine. Her business advice has also been featured in the book "The Big Enough Company" - by Adelaide Lanchester/Amy Abrams. Marie has been a radio guest on WOR, Cosmo Radio and a 3-time guest on Martha Stewart Radio.