Lee Anne Little is proud to say she was born and raised in Frederick County. She first lived in the Ijamsville area and then the Woodsboro/Walkersville area when her parents purchased Woodsboro Liquor Store in 1975.
In 1984, she graduated from Walkersville HS, where she was a three-sport athlete. She went on to attend Frederick Community College and then majored in finance at Mount St. Mary’s University.
Lee Anne and her husband, the Walkersville Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, have two daughters who also graduated from Walkersville. They are currently playing college field hockey.
Most of her spare time is spent at athletic events. “We’re a big sports-oriented family so we’re traveling and always into watching somebody play somewhere.”
She’s a licensed Massage Therapist, a certified Medical Massage Practitioner and a member of AMTA. She’s also the owner of Little Massage.
Health & Wellness Benefits At Little Massage:
* Stress Reduction
* Pain Management
* Athletic Performance Enhancement
* Inceased Range of Motion
* Learn Self-Care Techniques
Every session is client-specific based on individual needs.
A Mid-Life Career Change
Lee Anne worked as a Commercial Lender in a local bank for about twenty years. Out of the blue, in 2009, she was told that she was out of a job.
“I had always liked getting massages and had looked into pursuing Massage Therapy as sort of a hobby.” That was placed on the back burner as she was employed full-time and had the two girls with busy schedules.
Once unemployed, she enrolled in Massage Therapy school. “I decided I was not going back to the stressed out world of banking and that I would turn the tables and I would never rely an anybody to employ me again. I’d be my own boss.
“Here I am, seven years later, with my license.” She never looked back.
Lee Anne’s Biggest Challenge As An Entrepreneur
“I think the biggest challenge falls around what I do. The massage industry, just like a lot of industries, has evolved quite a lot over the last several decades.
“It’s more of an education process right now. Educating the public as to what it is we do.” Massage used to be thought of as luxurious pampering but it’s so much more than that.
“It really is a part of the whole Health & Wellness industry,” said Lee Anne. “It’s a part of taking care of you. Everybody is pushed and pulled to their limits these days — running in forty directions with family and jobs.
“Beyond being just totally stressed out most of the time, people don’t realize the impact that has on their health. The biggest challenge is to get people to integrate Massage Therapy into their Health & Wellness plan.
“You want to eat well. You want to be physically active. You want to just take care of yourself.
“And, its really been a challenge getting people to understand that Massage Therapy is not just about a little luxury now and then. It’s about taking care of you and helping to restore that balance in your life through therapeutic massage.”
Advice Lee Anne Would Give Herself If She Could Start Over
“I would have started this twenty years prior when my body was a lot younger. This is a very physically demanding profession.
“Had I known back then what I know now, I probably would have bypassed banking and gone right into working on this and honing my craft.
“Starting this job in my forties, I can only imagine how much fun and how much better I would have liked to have seen the profession and helped it to evolve if I had started this twenty years ago.”
Affirmation That Little Massage Is Making A Difference
“Massage can be a very personal situation for a lot of people. We’re not just addressing physical aspects of your life. There’s also a lot of emotional aspects that go along that people don’t realize. Therapeutic Touch is a very profound part of our profession.”
Lee Anne recalls a particular client who was sitting on the massage table several years ago. She already knew that he had some emotional issues but she didn’t have a lot of detail.
The client seemed to be very happy when leaving the session. About one week later, an email arrived from this client. “The gist of it was basically thanking me for allowing them to trust again.”
“That was pretty huge and very profound for me because it just really struck home — the magnitude of what I do and how it affects people and their lives. It goes well beyond the physical changes that we help facilitate in the body.”
What’s The App That Lee Anne Won’t Give Up?
Lee Anne doesn’t hesitate. “Pandora. Music elicits a lot of responses and brings a level of atmosphere to each session. Not every session is about relaxation. For a lot of people, that music helps with the response that they’re looking for.
“Pandora is an App that is used in my treatment room every single day. It gives the client one more level of control in what they want to get out of the session.
She adds, “That’s one of the first questions I’ll ask when people come in. What are you in the mood for today? What do you feel like listening to? It’s something that gives them some choice in their situation and part of their treatment.”
Lee Anne Shares A Favorite Quote
“Strive to make others smile for its in giving you shall receive life’s greatest rewards.” – unknown
“Along with that is a very simple concept of always be humble and kind.”
Also, be kind to yourself! Discover what total relaxation and restored balance feels like.
* There’s no age limit – “I have clients that range from four to ninety-four. It’s not just for adults.”
* “It’s not just for the wealthy.” It should be an integral part of everyone’s health and wellness routine.
* Feel the difference! Schedule an appointment with Lee Anne at Little Massage today! Flexible day, evening, and weekend hours by appointment only.
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* “I am very responsive to text messages. Chances are I’ll respond pretty darn quickly unless I’m in a session with somebody.”
Contents Provided by Frederick Advice Givers Podcast Episode #101: Eric Verdi Interviews Lee Anne Little