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Therapy on the Gulf

Oct 30, 2020 10:45AM ● By Lisa Marlene

With 20 years of experience under his massage belt and a wide variety of certifications in modalities such as deep tissue massage and myofascial fascial release therapy for post-op joint replacements, sports injuries, motion and flexibility difficulties, back and neck problems, Anthony Hansen’s expertly trained hands have brought relief to more than 30,000 people of all ages, in addition to dogs and horses.  


Also trained in CranioSacral Therapy, which can provide relief for headaches and migraines, pelvic and spinal issues, anxiety and depression, Hansen previously owned and operated Absolute Health Therapeutic Massage from 2000 to 2008 prior to assuming the same roles at Therapy on the Gulf.  


Hansen is also a certified lymphedema therapist, treating patients with cancer, lymphedema problems, toxicity, edema and post-cosmetic surgeries. The reiki master, qigong practitioner and Juice Plus distributor has been expanding Therapy on the Gulf since 2008. “To meet the demand, I have added two additional massage therapists, Candace Van Ree and Teresa Kennedy, who are knowledgeable with extensive experience, as well as certified in a wide variety of modalities and techniques,” advises the Naples resident.


Candace Van Ree’s client-oriented approach of one-on-one conversations to assess expectations and ailments results in offering the client a range of several therapeutic options that meet specific needs. “If a client doesn’t know where to start, I can individualize a session with different therapies combined so they can pick which method suits,” says Van Ree, who has also been certified in many of the same modalities as Hansen, in addition to MPS Pain therapy, prenatal and postnatal massage, hot stone massage, meridian tapping, reflexology and Raindrop aromatherapy. 


Upon graduating from the first medical massage class at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2004, Teresa Kennedy entered an orthopedic certification program while working in a rehabilitation facility and in chiropractic. Eventually, the Naples resident added massage therapy instructor to her resume, teaching massage therapy courses that include deep tissue for orthopedic conditions. 


Kennedy believes that continuing education is very important, continuing to study modalities such as myofascial release, microcurrent point stimulation, lymph drainage, CranioSacral Therapy, Neuromuscular and trigger point therapy. “I believe in a healing partnership with the client that encompasses mind, body and soul. Each of my sessions includes a variety of modalities, depending the client and constant assessments that provide feedback,” she notes.


Therapy on the Gulf is located at 824 Anchor Rode Dr. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-262-8722 or email [email protected] See ad, page 14.