Advanced Massage Therapies

About Us

Advanced Massage Therapies, located in Athens' beautiful Five Points, features therapists with many years of experience in pain relief bodywork.

Robert Klein, Matt Holton, Amy Abrahamsen, Kisa Raye, and Wendy Cooper each employ specialized techniques to treat muscle pain and tension. From deep tissue work to craniosacral therapy to Fascial Stretching to Reiki and energy medicine, Advanced Massage Therapies focuses on eliminating your stress, pain and discomfort.

Everyone responds differently to massage, so each massage is different. We fine-tune the pressure and intensity for optimum results and comfort. We’re proud to provide the highest quality bodywork expertise in the Athens area.

Have confidence in your choice. We, the therapists of Advanced Massage Therapies, are committed to providing the best care available to help reduce and eliminate muscular and joint pain and discomfort. We are highly trained, licensed and nationally certified therapists with years of experience at our fingertips.

Robert Klein, LMT, NCTMB

I have been practicing Massage Therapy in Athens, GA since 1985.  I graduated from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Florida where I studied Swedish massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Polarity Therapy, and Connective Tissue Therapy. I received advanced certification as a Neuromuscular Therapist from Paul St John Seminars. I've also studied  Lymphatic Drainage Therapy at the Chikly Institute.

In 1990 I went on to study CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute and did my advanced level training in 2000. I learned a lot during my two externships at the Upledger Institute’s HealthPlex Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. And, I enjoyed working as a Teaching Assistant for CranioSacral Therapy 1.

As a Medical Services volunteer, I had the honor of serving as Massage Therapist to the Olympic gold-medal winning Nigerian Soccer Team in 1996.  I also had the privilege of providing Sports Massage Therapy to the 1997 SEC Championship winning Georgia Gymdogs.  Some of my most rewarding work has been doing CranioSacral Therapy for children with Reactive Attachment Disorder at the Center for Attachment Resources and Education in Decatur, GA.

I also practice Energy Medicine in the Andean tradition.

As a Professional Member of the Georgia Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, I was a member of the Government Relations Committee and the Bill Writing Committee.  This work resulted in the passage of the Massage Therapy Practice Act in 2005.  This Act provides for minimum standards and licensure for Massage Therapists in the state of Georgia.

I have earned national certification by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

During the past 30 years of service I have specialized in pain relief and have been rewarded by helping hundreds of people feel better again.  I look forward to helping you get out of pain.  Please email me by clicking here and filling out the form or call 404-502-1779.

GA License #MT002852 

Matt Holton

Hi, I’m Matt Holton.  I  have  studied Asian culture, language, healing, natural medicine, and movement systems for 20 years.  I graduated from ASHA School of Massage in 2007.  Before that I received a BA in Japanese Language in Literature from the University of Georgia.  Since massage school, I have continued to expand my knowledge and experience base, focusing my study on Western osteopathic techniques(Neuromuscular Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, and Cranial Manipulation).  I have been studying traditional medicine since 2005 and studying Thai Traditional Medicine and Massage since 2008.  I have ongoing studies with several Traditional Doctors and teachers in Thailand and the U.S.  Traditional study includes training in manual therapy, external body therapies, herbs, yoga, meditation, Buddhist practice, history and theory.   I strive to listen to clients and create simple and direct  holistic treatment strategies using massage and traditional indigenous techniques for physical conditions both acute and chronic.

Since the beginning of my career I have been involved in athletics and Sports Massage.  I taught Sports Massage at ASHA School of massage, and have worked with athletes of all levels of interest and ability levels, from professional athletes to fitness boot camp participants.  My personal favorite is high level amateur sports, and I have worked with many Olympic athletes and hopefuls as well as the UGA Track and Field team(2017-2019).

My mission is to create partnership relationships with clients for the pursuit of their optimum holistic wellness. I recognize the essential unity of body, mind and spirit and acknowledge the role that the body and musculoskeletal tension play in all disease processes and pain syndromes. I strive to provide ongoing therapeutic relationships with my clients in order to use bodywork techniques and the wisdom of the body to help them realize their personal goals whether they are health, personal, or fitness–related.

I can be reached directly by email at or by telephone at 404-451-7189.  For more information about therapy or for example photos check out my website at


Amy Abrahamsen, BS, LMT, NCTMB, RYT

Since the age of 16, when I discovered that I could help people feel better with touch, I have followed my passion of learning and practicing natural healing methods. I started by learning from books while in high school and then, while earning my BS in Biology at Michigan State University, I studied Massage at Lansing Community College.   

After relocating to Georgia with my family in 1992, I received National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 1997, and was licensed to practice in Georgia in 2007, the first year licensing was available.

I developed a lifelong interest in Herbal Medicine while in college and have attended and worked with Herbal Educational Services’ Medicines From The Earth Conference on Botanical Medicine since 1998.    

For a number of years, massage was more my hobby while I taught Chemistry (and other sciences) to biology and pre-nursing students and managed science teaching laboratories, at several two and four year colleges. During that time I studied JinShin Do, Craniosacral (with Catherine Hart, PT, who was a trainer with the Upledger Institute) and Reiki (Level 2). In 2013, I began to practice massage as my main employment. I worked at 5 Points Acupuncture for several years and now work at the University of Georgia Student Health Center and Piedmont-Athens Regional Outpatient Rehabilitation Department. My main focus is on therapeutic bodywork; I am currently studying Clinical Rehabilitation Massage with Whitney Lowe of the Academy of Clinical Massage.

I studied Hatha Yoga and Pranayama in the Integral Yoga tradition and received my RYT 200 teaching certification in 2016. At the end of sessions, I often instruct some yoga based stretches , based on the individual’s needs and problem areas, to improve progress for my clients. 

I look forward to working with you to enable you to reach optimum health with freedom and joy in movement. Please contact me by phone or text to schedule appointments, at my cell number 706-255-5631.