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Step into Summer with Reflexology

May 03, 2011 08:21AM ● By Lee Walker

Get winter-weary feet ready for summer with reflexology, which can benefit the entire body. “Reflexology improves circulation, relieves stress and tension, and helps the body reach a state of homeostasis,” says Mary Ann Mugaas, owner of Feet First Reflexology.

Reflexology uses alternating pressure on reflex areas on the hands and feet that correspond to body parts. It is sometimes used in conjunction with other modalities, such as massage and aromatherapy.

For an annoying callous that appears on the foot as a result of friction and poorly fitting shoes, Mugaas recommends seeing a podiatrist and walking on the beach. “Walking on sand stimulates the reflex areas on the bottom of the feet,” she notes. “But avoid walking on uneven sand, which is hard on the hips.”

Contact Mary Ann Mugaas, Feet First Reflexology, 5051 Castello Dr., Ste 210, Naples 34103. 239-261-8833.

Local Massage Resources

Whether you seek massage therapy to ease pain, anxiety and stress levels, help promote better sleep, lower blood pressure or simply relax, you’ll find experienced practitioners that offer every variety of this healthful, healing bodywork here in Southwest Florida.

Kara Bartoy, Kara’s All Natural Skincare Studio, 6306 Trail Blvd. N., Naples 34108.

Christina Carlin, Ayurveda Massage & Yoga Institute, 848 1st Ave. N., Naples 34102. 239-450-6903.

Elements Therapeutic Massage, The Collection at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 146, Naples 34109. 239-514-2211.

Florida Academy of Massage & Skin Care, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 33966. 239-489-2282.

Denise Grinnan, Sacred Passages, 4547 Pine Island Rd., Unit C, Matlacha 33993. 239-898-6446.

Tony Hansen, Therapy on the Gulf, 814 Anchor Rode Dr., Naples 34103. 239-262-8722.

Healing Arts Center, 971 Michigan Ave., Naples 34103. 239-262-6828.

Health and Harmony, 15951 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 33908.

Janice Jackson, 5051 Castello Dr., Ste. 250, Naples 34103. 239-272-8539.

Massage of Naples, 871 102nd Ave. N., Naples 34108.

Merrill and Linda Lund, 1044 Castello Dr., Ste. 213, Naples 34103. 239-649-7700.

Christina Mitchell, 1000 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 501, Naples 34102.

Tamara Nixon, Tamara’s Skincare & Massage, 1044 Castello Dr., Ste. 102-B, Naples. 239-692-8994.

Sheila Panegasser, Bonita Springs and Naples locations. 239-431-0269.[email protected].

Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 302, Naples 34103. 239-331-8266.

Alvina Quatrano, Holistic Healing Arts, 3323 Olympic Dr., #722, Naples 34105. 732-266-5276.

Brittany Snyder, Cambridge Square, 3467 Pine Ridge Rd., Ste. 102, Naples 34106. 239-248-5535.


Frederick Stahlman, Inner Connections Physical Therapy, 5633 Strand Blvd., Ste. 310, Naples 34110. Additional location in Estero. 239-398-3154.

Trim & Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20, Naples 34110. 239-596-5522.

Paula Terry, 670 Orchid Dr., Naples 34102. 239-821-3088.

Ultimate Relaxation, Coastland Center Mall, Naples 34102. 239-793-8888.

Warm Mineral Springs, 12200 San Servando Ave., North Port 34287. 941-426-1692.

Stuart Wright, 239-272-6443.


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