NYS Licensed Massage Therapist
NYS Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant
Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist
Media Trained Spa & Wellness Expert
Spa Event Director & Consultant
Marie Watkinson, LMT, PTA is a dually NYS Licensed Massage Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant; Vibrational Sound Practitioner and Media Trained Spa Expert with three decades of experience in the beauty, spa and wellness industry.
Marie began her career in 1989 as New York State Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. In 1992, she graduated from Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in New York City and became a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist. She has hundreds of hours of continuing education that include Structural Integration, Vibrational Sound Healing, Myofascial Cupping, Prenatal Massage and more. Over the years she worked in a wide variety of settings from orthopedic/sports medicine clinics to several day spa settings including the Ajune Spa – where she acted as Massage Director. In 1999 she opened an upscale medical massage practice in New York City on East 57th Street focusing on medical, sports, deep tissue and prenatal massage.
In 2003, Marie launched Spa Chicks On The Go - New York City's first mobile spa event company.
For the last 18 years Marie has worked directly with celebrities, influencers, and iconic brands to create luxury on-site spa events for corporate/media entertaining and entertainment perks. Her clients include Martha Stewart Living, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Saturday Night Live, Project Runway, Google, Facebook, Conde Nast, Hearst, Crate and Barrel, Coca Cola, L'Oreal, Target, Victoria's Secret, Vogue, CNN and the NFL/Superbowl - among the many hundreds of brands she has worked with over the years.
As a noted spa industry expert - Marie's professional insight & advice is often tapped by television, news, print & radio including The Apprentice 3, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Today Show/Today.Com, 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, Crain's Business, InStyle Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Redbook Magazine, WWD, New York Magazine, Well + Good, 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 was 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. She has served as a consultant & industry expert for CEW Beauty Awards, Indie Beauty Expo, Parents Magazine Awards, Redbook Magazine Beauty Awards.
In 2020, she had to place Spa Chicks On The Go on a temporary “pause” due to COVID. With almost a year to reflect, in 2021 she revived her private practice in Miller Place, New York to offer medical massage fused with vibrational healing services. She is looking forward to going back to live events in Fall 2021 and continuing to grow her private practice.