Meet the Owner: Cindy Farrar
Cindy has been the proud owner of Massage Associates of Atlanta, LLC for over 20 years. She received her Professional Massage Therapy Certification from the Atlanta School of Massage. In addition Cindy is certified in Neuromuscular Therapy, Foot Reflexology, Master Level Reiki, and is currently pursuing her certification in Chi Nei Tsang. She has also been trained in Lomilomi, Pregnancy Massage and Infant Massage. During the summer of 1997, Cindy served as the Team Massage Therapist for the "Georgia Pride" Women's Professional Fastpitch Softball Team.
Cindy is the former Assistant Director of Education for the Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy Program and Department Chair for the business and marketing curriculum at Atlanta School of Massage. She continues her affiliation with the school as a Program Advisory Committee member.
She has also designed and taught Adult Education classes through Fulton County and Clayton State College and University. Cindy was the facilitator for the Fibromyalgia Support Group in her community and enjoys speaking to businesses, special interest groups and non-profit organizations about the benefits of massage therapy and related wellness topics.
Meet the Staff:
Anne McKinzey, CR
Anne is our resident Rolfer! Rolfing® is a system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that affects the body’s posture and structure by manipulating the myofascial system (connective tissue). Often considered a deep-tissue approach, Rolfing bodywork actually works with all the layers of the body to ease strain patterns in the entire system.
In Anne's words:
"I came to Rolfing as a second career, which is not unusual in the Rolfing community. My husband and I owned a bookstore for 14 years and after we sold it I decided to find a Rolfer, and go through the traditional Rolfing ten series. I was fortunate that I was not recovering from an accident or seeking relief from a chronic condition. Even so, I found Rolfing very simple and powerful; movement became smoother and easier, daily activities no longer sapped my energy.
When the opportunity arose, I began training at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado, which owns the service mark for Rolfing. My training included three intensive modules, rigorous instruction in Anatomy and Physiology and a clinical practicum that included taking a number of clients through the entire ten-session series, as well as seeing clients for post series “tune-ups.” My certification also included a lengthy academic paper that addressed various anatomy-based Rolfing strategies. I received my certification in April 2001, and I have never looked back, to include completing my advanced certification.
What I most enjoy in my Rolfing practice is meeting and working with a broad range of people. Every client has a new perspective to offer and a unique solution to often complex physical issues.
In addition to Rolfing, I have received training in Cranial Sacral therapy through the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration, and I have discovered the subtle influence of the cranial rhythm throughout the body.
When I am not in my office, I enjoy hiking and camping, playing the cello, reading books and having fun with my husband and son.
Meet the Staff:
Alan attended the Georgia Massage School and has achieved certificates in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular and Orthopedic Massage as well as Advanced Myofascial Techniques - Spine/Ribs/Low Back. His specialties include Integrative Reflexology and Spinal Reflex Therapy. In his free time, Alan enjoys hiking, photography, painting, music, reading and spending time in nature.
Favorite Quote : “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!” - Elkhart Tolle
Meet the Staff:
Brenda graduated from Atlanta School of Massage in 2005, earning certifications in Neuromuscular, Swedish, Deep Tissue and Chair Massage, as well as Reflexology and Reiki. Brenda specializes in Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy and massage for the elderly and ill. In her spare time, she enjoys book-making, stained glass, fishing and her dogs Dioji and Champ.
Meet the Staff:
Doris Woodruff-Stephens, LMT
Doris graduated from The Atlanta School of Massage in 2002. She is a member of NCBTMB and AMTA.
Her specialties include Reflexology, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Massage and TMJD Massage. In her spare time, Doris loves to travel, listen to jazz music, or cut a rug with line dancing! She is also a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Favorite Quote: “Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen.” by Jerry Brown, American Politician
Meet the Staff:
Roxanne Carlisle, LMT
Roxanne graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gwinnett College School of Massage in 2017. Her specialties include Relaxation, Chair massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Medical Massage, Foot Reflexology, and Sports Massage. For leisure, Roxanne enjoys listening to her favorite music, spending time with family and friends, gardening, traveling, reading, dancing, being creative and just enjoying every moment!
Favorite quote: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away." - Maya Angelou
Melissa Claire Nelson
Melissa graduated from the Ultimate Medical Academy in Clearwater, Florida in 2016. She is certified in Oncology Massage, and her specialties are Post Reconstruction Healing, Lymphatic Massage, Metastatic Cancer, Complex Health Conditions, Scar Work and Whole Person Approach Bodywork. A creative at heart, she loves anything that stimulates her creative side, multimedia art, breath work and even yard work!
Favorite quote: "Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive." - Harold Whitman
Come Be Well With Us
Massage Associates of Atlanta not only offers a wide variety of therapies and classes to help you feel your best—we're also a partner in your wellness. Our office is set up to be your soothing sanctuary, and our staff will feel like family after a few visits. Take a quick photo tour below!