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Massage Therapy

Debra's massage bio:    

Florida Lic# MA99543 

You can schedule with Debra at Avalon Performance Therapy (Naples Massage and Neuromuscular) in Naples, Florida. Click "book massage" to be transferred to that website for scheduling.


Debra is a licensed massage therapist as well as an athletic trainer with experience performing massage and therapy in a variety of athletic settings, clinics, and spas since 2011. Her background in martial arts has driven her to learn Japanese style massage techniques, and her background in life coaching and yoga also adds to the experience on the massage table. She finds her purpose in caring for the client in a teamwork power hour. The experience is custom made for each client to best serve him/her to walk out with more performance, recovery and maintenance for their daily lives. The types of massages she offers are therapeutic massage, lymphatic drainage massage, shiatsu, Ashiatsu, sports massage, and relaxation massage.

She has a master’s of science in athletic training from Weber State University in 2014 and a Florida massage License in 2015 from Florida School of Therapeutic Massage. She has also been a certified strength and conditioning coach from 2013-2015. She received yoga teacher training in Nashville, TN in 2017 and has since done advanced training in pranayama breathing exercises. All of these licenses and certifications have added skills to her massage practice. Her continuing education has included more courses in concussions, rehabilitation techniques, and advanced massage techniques.

Debra has experience working with elite athletes and weekend warriors, office workers who sit a lot, mom’s, prenatal, overuse injuries, and injury recovery, and anyone experiencing stress. She has worked well and has extensive knowledge on concussions, low back pain, headaches, injuries, stress related tension, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, and rehabilitation.

Massage descriptions you will receive from Debra


Sports Massage

Sports massage is a type of massage that incorporates passive movements, stretches, and massage techniques.  The combination of these creates an environment for your body to release its areas of tension with minimal, if any, pain.  This massage goes as deep as a deep tissue massage, and the process can invigorate your body for performance coming up or recover from performance recently finished.

Therapeutic massage

Therapeutic massage is a combination of massage techniques that relax your body where it needs less attention and decompresses your body in its areas of tension. Deep compression techniques along with slight stretching are used to give a soothing release of tension. Trigger point therapy can be used in your most stubborn posts of tension.

Ashiatsu Massage (foot pressure massage)

Shiatsu Massage (hand pressure massage)

Ashiatsu is a deep compression massage done with the feet of the therapist using mostly effleurage massage strokes and straight deep compression on the client. It creates a euphoric feeling of relaxation while decompressing the muscular system of the body. The feet feel like larger hand while massaging.

Shiatsu is done with the hands in the same way with mostly straight deep compression and effleurage massage strokes giving the same euphoric feeling and decompression of the body.

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage is a light pressure massage using flowing massage strokes, and it will not cause any pain during the massage. This massage is intended to use the power of touch and moving hands to promote the parasympathetic (relaxation) nervous system to take over for the hour of your massage.  It can decompress the muscles through the indirect path of the parasympathetic nervous system (not by using deep tissue techniques). This massage will leave you feeling euphoric.

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