I owe my life to one conversation over a drink after a long day.
My friend asked, "What do you want to do with the rest of your Life?" She mentioned Massage. We continued to talk about applying and going through the program together, but she was all talk.
I completed the program at The Savannah School of Massage in the Spring of 2005, and I was able to leave the restaurant and hotel industry after 12 long years. I've worked in a variety of settings; I began working in a downtown day spa, medical spa's, and soon found my passion at a busy chiropractic clinic. Due to the short treatment times I received my Medical Massage Practitioner Certification in 2011 that provided me with the advanced techniques to relieve pain quickly and efficiently. Since working in the first day spa, I became interested in skincare, so I moved to Atlanta in 2013 to attend The Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics and to continue to grow, and to really find out what was causing my adult acne. I later returned in 2017, as an Assistant Aesthetics Instructor, sharing my experience and knowledge with the future beauty professionals. During this time, Buff'd Wellness was formed!, June, 2017.
2015-2019, I enjoyed my time with Goldin Athletic Training Association in John's Creek, working with NFL, MLB, and Combine Prep athletes. I first learned of NKT from social media and had some success experimenting on these athletes. Seeing the immediate changes in how their bodies performed lit a fire in my soul. I had to learn more. Another great opportunity was the partnership with The Rick Hendrix Toyota Sandy Springs (pre-Covid days) providing weekly Corporate chair massage to their service customers in 2019- 2020. It was wonderful to meet my community and share my anatomy knowledge.
I am currently focusing my bodywork in NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) and Corrective NeuroRehab Exercises. I am NKT Level 3 Certified, Study Group Lead, and an Assistant Instructor. In May of 2023, I earned my Certified Personal Trainer certification with National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM). I am currently studying their Corrective Exercise Specialist and Nutrition programs! I believe in treating the body as a whole, and not the sum of its parts. IQ Th
What sets me apart? Why should you consider Buff'd Wellness?
It's all about the outcomes I deliver - a life free from pain!
I aim to bring back the HOPE that you don't have to endure discomfort in your body or appearance.
My uniqueness lies in merging my deep passion for bodywork and skincare, crafting an unparalleled experience that cultivates a Balanced Bliss.
You can explore it all through the Introductory Service (90 minutes), which includes NKT, Massage, and Facial.
Please contact me if you have any Wellness Events on your calendar I can speak and/or provide chair massage.
Buff'd- In great physical shape with excellent muscle definition. To Exfoliate, remove dead skin cells from the surface of the face and body to improve its appearance. A person who knows a lot about and is very interested in a particular subject. Buffkin, Michelle
Testimonial- Michelle is the best massage therapist I've ever had. I get massages to relax, not so much therapeutic. Michelle is able to combine both techniques with a skill that can't be matched. Her ability to relieve the tension in my shoulders and neck without "hurting" me is amazing. I highly recommend booking a 90 minute session. You won't regret it, and you will leave feeling a whole lot better than when you arrived!- Donna W.
Testimonial- I was treated to a Buff'd Wellness signature treatment "Balanced Bliss". Which is a full body massage and facial customized to my skin type. At first hesitant to have the facial because I know my skin after a exfoliating/squeezing session with my blackheads my skin tends to look worse and peel almost in the aftermath.
With the sport I've played - grinding my face on sparring partners, the football field, MMA mat, gym floor, turf, 10 years as an electrician getting dirty, plus the rest ,my face was an untouched mess. My skin literally looks the best it ever has. My pores are clean and clear of blackheads. No next day irritation. Michelle really went to work on making sure my skin was OCD perfect!
The flow of the entire 2 hour session was perfectly crafted. With parts of the full body massage being completed while Image Skincare or her chocolate mud mask was doing its work on my face. Even how Michelle applied the treatments on my face was purposeful and relaxing (trigger points, sinus, massage all in one). Honestly those blackhead trend peels and strips don't get my skin any better - Buff'd Wellness facial is the answer!
This is a service that needs to be added to my recovery routine for longevity as an athlete. It was long overdue to having the damage I've been doing undone. Even the hidden knot in my forearm from being arm barred was pushed out!
Knowing Michelle has worked with an elite gym GATA and their Combine Program makes me know that she has worked with many NFL/variety of athletes and I was in the right hands.
Cheers highly recommend. -TAI EMERY
Testimonial- I have been receiving treatment in massage therapy from Michelle Buffkin for the last 2 years and would highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking pain relief, recovery from training and life, and increased mobility on anything concerning soft tissue. I recently competed in a National Bench Press Competition and came in 2nd thanks to Michelle!!! 6 weeks prior to my recent competition I pinched a nerve in my left shoulder and went from barely being able to function with my left arm to hitting the best bench press I have done in competition in 4 years. She's the best and you deserve the kind of treatment and relief she has to offer. Thank you Michelle!!!! - James Townsend GATA Barbell Owner & USAPL Coach of The Year
Testimonial- I am a licensed Esthetician and Registered Nurse so I can truly say Michelle is attentive and extremely knowledgeable in her craft. I have chronic pain in my lower back and left foot. She is precise and skilled with her technique. I feel so much better for several days after therapy. Her facials leave you relaxed and walking away knowing she truly loves what she does every day.- V. Lamm
Testimonial- Michelle is great and is very smooth when she works on you. It feels amazing and she still manages to get all the knots out. Will continue to see her weekly :)-P. Luckhurst
Testimonial-I see Michelle at least once every week. Every time I see her I fall asleep, which is normal, and wake up refreshed. Being an nfl free agent, I have to stay ready for any opportunity. Getting a massage every week allows me to keep working at the my highest level. I highly recommend you to see her.-E. Kugbila
Testimonial- Michelle is an excellent massage therapist. I get minor sports injuries and she was able to make a lot of corrections in a single session. She goes beyond any other massage session I have received anywhere else. She specialize with athletes all day and knows how to work trigger points all over your body. It is very obvious she has deep knowledge in this area and provides a detailed massage. She also give you good feedback about how to make maintenance corrections. If you want to get a basic massage then go pretty much anywhere else. If you want a technical and focused massage that targets your issues then see Michelle.- M. Eagle
Testimonial- Michelle is friendly and professional. I have had minor injuries, and she has been able to address the issues and provide preventative solutions. When I just need a great massage, she is able to help me relieve stress and relax. Michelle is also a licensed esthetician, and she has provided great facials with education on maintaining healthy skin. She is awesome!!!-C. Lee
Testimonial- One of the best deep tissue massages I have ever had. If you are looking for a therapist who is both gifted and passionate about her work, this is the place. I highly recommend her.- John P.
Testimonial- Michelle is an excellent therapist. Her ability to effectively identify and diagnose an issue is truly remarkable. Moreover, I really appreciate her methodical, holistic approach to physical therapy. Buff'd wellness is one of a kind and the owner is truly passionate about what she does.- A.Rao
Testimonial- I have been the recipient of a massage from Michelle Buffkin on numerous occasions and each and every time I was thoroughly pleased with the results. Whether it was for relaxation or a deep tissue massage it was always great. She is concerned about the client and what they need or want to achieve from the massage. She is professional and well trained in her field, keeping up on the latest techniques. You leave the massage feeling like a new person! Thanks Michelle! - Judy U.
Testimonial- I have been to see many massage therapists in my life, and 90% of the time I was completely satisfied. That is until I went and saw Michelle... She is BY FAR the best massage therapist I have ever had! A part of me almost wishes I had never met her, because now that I don't live in the area and have to see someone else I will probably never enjoy another massage. She has magic hands and can work out any and every kink you have. Even if you aren't having any issues, she still gives an amazing massage just to help you relax! I recommend her to everyone I know in Savannah, and antime I go back to visit I call her and try to make an appt. I cannot say enough nice things about her! She is such a sweet woman and will take great care of any client she has! You will never be disappointed going to see her! - Rebecca R.
Testimonial- I started seeing Michelle when I was pregnant. I was eager to find a massage therapist who was knowledgeable about pregnancy massage and Michelle has more than exceeded my expectations. She helped ease all the discomforts that come with so much strain being put on your body while pregnant, as well as, provided a place for me to just relax amongst the chaos of planning for a baby. I am convinced I could not have survived this pregnancy with out her! I just can't say enough positive things. I love Michelle and highly recommend her - Jenny M.