About Us

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

Robert Klein, Peggy Gugino, David Whitfield, and Kim Naugle Long each employ specialized techniques to treat muscle pain and tension. From deep tissue work to craniosacral therapy to hot stone massage 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.


Peggy Gugino LMT, NCTMB

One of the best decisions I ever made was becoming a Massage Therapist.  I graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage, March 2001- specializing in Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapy.  As well as being a licensed Massage Therapist, I am a professional member of the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association), and am Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB).

My second best decision was joining up with Advanced Massage Therapies August 2002.  We take a huge pride in being the best, most innovative therapists possible.  I love the professionalism we bring to our clients.

My husband and I owned and ran a wholesale greenhouse business for almost 30 years; and I know how much even everyday stress can cause and aggravate tension and pain!  I truly empathize with your pain!  Each session with me will address your pain and tension specifically.  We work together to find, and treat, the source of your pain.

Continuing Education is another passion of mine, and my clients benefit from this.  My latest Continuing Ed class was Erik Dalton's "Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques".  It's all about treating imbalances caused by tight, facilitated muscles verses weak, inhibited muscles...helping reestablish better posture for a more pain free existence.  Most of my clients have loved this technique, and highly recommend it!

TMJ Disorder is a problem most of us have to some degree.  Massage can help!  I do a special type of massage that targets the muscles involved with the TMJ, using Craniosacral Therapy, Myofacial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, among others, for almost instant relief from TMD symptoms.

One of the most relaxing massages I offer is the Hot Stone Treatment.  Using various sizes of smooth volcanic stones, you are enveloped in a cocoon of warmth.  The heat and weight of the stones will melt your tension away!
Please call 706-369-7595 for more info or to book an appointment, or email me by clicking here and filling out the form.



David Whitfield, LMT 

 I've been working as a massage therapist since 2013 and I continue to be amazed at the profound benefits that massage has on my clients. I graduated in September of 2013 from Gwinnett College in Lilburn, Georgia where I got a National Certification in Neuromuscular Therapy and also studied Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques. 

I have experience working in a clinical setting doing medical massage as well as working in a spa doing more relaxation oriented treatments.  I try to blend these two backgrounds together in my massage work as much as possible in hopes that my sessions are effective for relieving pain but also offer the therapeutic benefit of relaxation.

 I have a very active lifestyle and enjoy weight lifting, working in my yard, drumming, and have recently started training in brazilian jiu jitsu. Before becoming a massage therapist I also worked in landscaping and shortly in construction so I understand from first-hand experience how a physically active lifestyle can take a toll on the body.

I enjoy learning about health and fitness and I am passionate about striving to have a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. I am excited about my continued growth in this field and the people I will get to meet along the way!  Call 706-369-7595.


Kim Naugle Long, BA, COA

My journey in alternative healing arts began after changing my pre med major to Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. I studied world medicines from an indigenous perspective in several classes, and thirsted to learn more. I hoped to discover “Universal methods” for healing and wellness more than just the very physical “body only” focus I had experienced in Western allopathic medicine. I learned so much in my studies.
After graduation, I travelled the Mayan areas of Mexico and Guatemala to learn more about sacred sites and indigenous healers while expanding my Spanish speaking skills. All of these experiences have helped me to understand that emotions drive the majority of illness. I learned Usui Reiki techniques upon my return in 2002 which begin my decades-long studies of energy healing techniques.

I spent 17 years working in a local Ophthalmology practice as a patient educator and translator. This provided me with great insight in communicating with clients of all backgrounds to develop a thorough method understanding client goals and providing a treatment plan.
In 2014, I received the Master/teacher level of training in Usui Reiki which deepened my understanding of how the Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) helped clear energy, reduce inflammation, improve bone regrowth as well as reduce stress-related pain and allow life force to flow freely. This propelled me into developing my own practice.
Later in 2014 I began studying Sound Healing as I had discovered chanting, dialoguing,  and toning with energy work heightened the benefits like an amplifier. With this Sound Healing course work I learned about Otto tuning forks and applying them to acupressure points. As I practiced, I discovered the power of these therapies is universal and helps everyone!    I also studied acupressure to integrate the techniques. In 2015 I learned Karuna®️ Reiki which is said to provide healing on a DNA level. 
Then, I learned about Biofield Tuning!  While biofield tuning has no hands-on touch work, there is some acupressure work with the weighted (Otto) tuning forks. The method incorporates work out in the energy field aka Biofield aka aura of a person. The tuning forks will vibrate and sound differently as it hits resistance in the energy field. These areas indicate trauma. This technique is wonderful for working with areas of emotional trauma from the past. 
 This method has taught me the importance of not avoiding living for fear of emotions but instead simply stop judging emotions. Emotions are not  bad or good but just comfortable and uncomfortable. If we can feel them, name them, and then allow them to move through our bodies, we will achieve emotional well-being. It’s not the embarrassment in the moment that hurts us, it’s the shame and judgement that we apply later to the memory that harms. Learn how to release with Reiki and Sound Therapy.

Many people leave feeling lighter and relaxed and experience less conflict with family and friends. I look forward to working with you. You can call or text me at 706-207-4253