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Deep Tissue Massage Delivers Serious Relief

Jun 01, 2021 10:23AM ● By Linda Sechrist

According to a recent American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), consumer study, 88 percent of respondents indicated that they viewed massage therapy as beneficial to overall health and wellness. The AMTA also notes that in 2020, 30 percent of consumers that got a massage stated that they did so because it was part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor or medical provider. “It is more common now for our therapists to get clients referred by health care practitioners that have come to see how the benefits of massage therapy can help their patients,” says Elizabeth Nunez, owner of the Mandala Spa, inside the Naples Bayfront Hotel. 

Hard hit by the COVID 19 epidemic, millions of people around the world are beginning once again to enjoy the numerous benefits of massage for a myriad of conditions, both psychological and physical. Whether for relieving pain and stress, addressing injuries, relaxing muscles or simply for the serenity of quiet time, there is a type of massage therapist trained to meet the need. 

Unlike other massages such as hot stone, aromatherapy and Swedish, that focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage is what serious athletes, weekend warriors and individuals involved in team sports turn to for treating muscle pain and stiffness. This, as well as sports massage, can offer injury prevention and increased flexibility, relief from injury and enhanced performance.

The technique is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep, strokes to target the inner layers of muscles and connective tissues. This helps in breaking up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduces tension in muscle and tissue. In a 2014 study involving 59 participants, deep tissue massage also helped to reduce chronic low back pain.

This treatment is not dictated by the gender of the therapist. “Our clients have noted that that the need for more intense pressure in deep tissue massage can be met by female, as well as male therapists. Experienced, well-trained and highly skilled female therapists know how to use their level of bodily strength to deliver an exceptional massage to the desired intensity, which should be dictated by the client’s wishes,” says Nunez.

The Mandala Spa, located at 1221 Fifth Ave. S., in Naples, offers deep tissue massage. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-571-9880 or visit