At Little Pond Therapeutic Massage Center, a trio of Lexington Healing Arts Academy alumnae soothe aching muscles with a diverse arsenal of bodywork modalities. Inside the tranquil studio, owner Heather Reed teams up with fellow licensed therapists Rebecca White and Marissa Lane to deliver full-body Swedish massages, deep-tissue massages, and numerous other services. Read on to learn more about Heather and what she's all about:
Meet the Owner: Heather Reed, LMT
Background: Heather was born and raised in Lexington, and obviously, she's a huge Cats fan
Education: She graduated from Lexington Healing Arts Academy in 2014, and her education includes myo-fascial release, deep tissue, swedish, acupressure, and several other modalities.
Goal: To not only soothe her clients, but to educate them and help them find ways to maintain pain-free and mobile lifestyles.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Enrolling in our wellness program takes the headache out of "should I get a massage?" and turns it into an attitude of "when I get my massage." You will also discover all the ultimate benefits of regular massage in your body. You will feel better long after your massage has been completed.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Understanding the stress of everyday life as a single mother has compelled me to make a difference in others' lives while doing something that I love. I want people to be feel safe, comfortable, and confident that their mind and body can be renewed.
What do you love most about your job?
Knowing that someone values, appreciates, and looks forward to their next experience with massage has to be the most rewarding aspect of my job as a therapist.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
It's been years since I could do this! Pain in my body restricted me, but I have experienced relief allowing a simple body function such as raising an arm, flexing my leg, or turning my neck possible again. And that with regular maintenance, I haven't experienced the problem again.
While working toward becoming certified yoga teachers, massage therapists, and personal fitness trainers, the students of Lexington Healing Arts Academy complete hundreds of hours of hands-on training. They put their fresh knowledge into action, leading classes and working with clients to promote natural healing and wellness.
In addition, the center is home to certified instructors who lead a variety of classes on body alignment, pose execution, and proper breathing as well as general fitness. There's Rebecca Hannifan, for example, an instructor who brings elements of mambo and salsa to Shake, Shimmy, Sweat classes. Fitness and yoga sessions also include Yoga Foundations, which helps to establish a basic knowledge of yoga while improving general well-being, as well as Happy & Healthy Backs, which gently builds strength and flexibility to support spines. Some of the center's classes are quite inventive as well; there's Piloxing, for starters, which adds elements of Pilates to cardio kickboxing.
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