Meet Brandy – Massage Therapist

 

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Therapist Spotlight: Brandy Noonan

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Brandy Noonan

 

 

 

 

Hi there!!  I’m Brandy and I’m the newest Massage Therapist here at Fountains Day Spa.  I’m  a transplant to the area from Western New York… (cue pity remarks for being a Buffalo Bills/Sabres fan here).  I love where I’m from, everyone pulls together to help each other out. However my love for traveling has taken me all around the country and dropped me off at the Nation’s capital, and I have to say I’m loving it here!

 

 

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Throughout my travels I have worn many hats, and worked many jobs, but my heart has always gone back to Massage Therapy, as it is my passion. I love being able to use my hands to help people, as well as enabling them to relax at the same time. Getting to know each of my clients, and finding out what their specific issues, and requirements are, is my specialty. I am not a one-trick-pony, I believe in customizing my routine to suit their specific needs.

 

 

With eleven years of experience and almost 1500 hours of training, I am sure to be able to customize any clients’ treatment to their liking.  I am so excited to be starting this adventure at Fountains and to provide my clientele with the best possible treatment every time.  I look forward to meeting you!!

 

 

Mantra: Each day truly is a gift. Be thankful

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Treatment Spotlight: Reflexology

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Reflexology

Ideal Client: Anyone

Blogger: Suzanne Olsen

 

 

 

I was recently asked by someone, what my most favorite treatment to give (and receive) was.  It took me no time to reply with the answer, reflexology.

 

 

When reflexology is preformed correctly, it not only balances the physical body, giving a great sense of well being, and total relaxation, but it also can help your emotional state as well. This transformation is achieved by stimulating the reflexes found on the bottom of the feet, which transfer electrical impulses of energy (also referred to as Meridians), to different parts of the body.  For instance if you are suffering with a migraine headache, it may not be possible to massage the head, as it may be too sensitive to touch, however by applying pressure to the big toe (the head meridian) the pressure that you are feeling in you head, will begin to subdue.

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Anyone can receive Reflexology, though extra care is given to pregnant women. It is a wonderful treatment to help the body heal itself, and the frequency depends on the condition you are working on erasing.  I find many of our facial clients at Fountains add it onto a facial service to give themselves the added benefits of well being and relaxation.

 

At Fountains, we give 25 or 55  minute reflexology sessions. If you have back aches or other stubborn pain issues, then I would recommend the longer treatment. Come in and try a little bit of heaven, and judge for yourself.

 

 

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Combination Massage

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Combination Massage

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Tiffany Davidson

 

 

 

 

I would like to share my favorite service to give to my clients, a combination massage. I find this massage can benefits most people coming in for massage.  I generally prefer to do deeper massages as opposed to lighter ones, and the massage gives me the green light to move past the light Swedish pressure. The combination massage is beneficial because it allows me to warm the soft tissue with Swedish techniques and then gradually increase to a deeper pressure, if needed.

 

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I recommend that a person receive a combination massage every three to four weeks,  this will keep your body and muscles on a healthy regimen, so that you don’t find yourself in agony. Regular massages are extremely important for certain people, for instance dentists, who are constantly stuck in the same position all day, with their head looking down over their patients. If you have a job that has your body under pressure from doing repetitive movements, or in the other case restricting movements, than I would  recommend receiving a Massage twice a week for a few months, switching to once a month after that, as the pain and tension begin to dissipate.

 

When I am giving a Combination Massage, I try to incorporate some stretching into it. Depending on the client, the stretching can vary from a very involved table Thai technique to stretching the hamstring group, or something as minor as a pectoralis stretch. I commonly hear from my clients after receiving a Combination Massage that they feel balanced and even taller.

 

Lastly, because the Combination Massage gradually moves from Swedish to a deep massage, people enjoy it the  because they do not feel too sore afterwards.

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Harmony Massage

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Harmony Massage

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Flynn

 

 

 

 

A Harmony massage is unlike any other massage that we offer at the spa.  It allows your therapist to integrate their personal specialties to fully customize each session according to the clients’ specific needs. This may include blending various modalities such as energy work, reflexology, intuitive bodywork, stretching, or other techniques.

 

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By utilizing different methods, the Massage Therapist can help assess what would benefit the client most and deliver a more holistic and beneficial treatment. The Harmony massage incorporates elements that can balance the body, mind, and spirit. I find that when a client is able to fully relax and really let go of their tension and stress, they can expect to feel a sense of peace or rejuvenation, following the treatment. I have had many clients describe their experience as feeling complete or having a serene nature.

 

This service can be done anytime and gives the freedom to create a comfortable space for healing to take place.  The Harmony Massage is highly recommended for anyone looking to enhance their overall sense of well being through both physical and energetic means.

 

 

 

The Power of Reflexology

Reflexology is said to have originated in Tibet thousand of years ago, and has been passed down through the ages as a tried and true therapy for the well being of both the mind and physical body.

My History with Reflexology

I credit reflexology as being the one therapy which started my passion for healing at the mere age of 5.  My mother who was pregnant with my younger sister was experiencing swollen feet and legs, and would ask me to rub her feet. I quickly realized how relaxed she became, and from that time on I became “the masseuse” of our family. Of course at that young age I did not know how I was achieving these results, I just knew I was making a difference to the members of my family.

 

Fast forward to my graduating Beauty Therapy College in London and meeting and working for Eve Taylor OBE (Officer of the British Empire). She was one of Britain’s leading healers and Beauty Therapists. Eve took me under her wing and introduced me to Reflexology. Now I could finally understand how the feet were a map to the entire body, and what specific areas I should focus on when I needed to achieve particular results.

 

The Basics of Reflexology

 

The foot is laid out in the same way that the body is; e.g. on the top of the foot is the big toe, which represents the head. The toes are the sinuses; the top-side of the foot represents the chest; the balls of the feet, are the lungs, etc. For every internal body system there is a corresponding point on the feet, and this is how the magic begins!

 

Reflexology is a specialized form of hand to foot massage that is exceptionally effective in delivering great benefits throughout the whole body. It is based on a complete network of reflex points, which stimulate all the internal systems of the body. Pressure is applied to reflex points and energy is then released through electrical impulses, created by massage. The electrical charges follow the nerve pathways to the area in the body being worked on, enabling the organ or tissue to maintain good health. I like to compare this process to pushing a button to turn on a light; once you push the button down, the current is activated and flows along the electrical line, causing the light to come on. If there is damage or a break in the pathway caused by a build up of toxins, damaged tissues, or loss of oxygen the application of reflexology can assist in the aiding this problem, and in many cases can alleviate the pain all together.

 

In my family we have always relied on the power of reflexology to ease an upset stomach, headaches, cramping, constipation, sciatic pain and many more conditions.

 

Introducing Reflexology Instruction at The Fountains

 

I believe so much in the power of this therapy that I have decided to offer a couples reflexology instructional training at The Fountains.  Although this is being called a “couples” instruction, I encourage anyone who wants to learn more about reflexology to come in with a friend or family member, and learn how you can use reflexology in your life.

 

Over the years we have helped many people ease through the birthing experience, endometriosis, migraines, and many more conditions with reflexology. Our therapist’s are trained and extremely knowledgeable. An instructional training takes 80 minutes of your time, and we show you how to bring about peace and relaxation, as well as give you the tools you need to assist in achieving overall better health. In today’s world, it is so easy to get a pill for any and every condition that we have learned to expect healing to come along with a long list of side effects.  With reflexology there are no additional side effects, this therapy is simply safe and very effective on anyone who receives it.