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Taking people’s stress, pain into her hands

Marla Nunes of Marla's Massage at 136 N. Grant Ave. displays her 2009 Best of Manteca plaque for "Best Place for a Massage."


POSTED April 16, 2010 2:13 a.m.

Marla Nunes has been fortunate to have two successful careers.

She spent 13 years as a speech therapist in rehabilitation hospitals.

After working closely with those in physical and occupational therapy, Nunez eventually became interested in massage therapy.

For the past 14 years, she’s provided relief of the aches and pains to people from all walks of life.

“What I do is very personalized service,” Nunes said on Monday.

Her therapeutic massage services include pain relief, stress reduction, muscle relaxation, increased circulation, reduced chronic pain, improved skin tone, reduced muscle spasms, improved posture, and returned mental clarity.

“For most people, it’s stress relief,” Nunes said. “Pain relief is No. 2.”

Marla’s Massage has been voted Best of Manteca for the past three years. From 2007 through 2009, folks have given the nod to Nunes’ business as the “Best Place for a Massage.”

And she’s proud of the honor, using the Best of Manteca logo to advertise her downtown business located at the same complex during the last four years.

“I think the ‘Best of Manteca’ honor is what tips the scale in our favor,” Nunes said. “When someone sees that logo they know it’s a business with a good reputation.”

Her office at 136 N. Grant Ave. is equipped with extra comforts. Included is a surround sound system playing relaxing music; a water fountain; therapeutic mattress with a heat pad on the table; heated neck roll, mittens and foot warmers; soft blankets; and one specialized face rest that doesn’t put pressure on sinus passages.

She has her regular customers – about 22 to 24 – who have access to her availability thanks to a 24-hour reception service. “Ninety percent are standing appointments,” said Nunez, who is originally from the Sacramento area.

She has a degree in Speech Therapy from the University of the Pacific. For years, she worked in the field, helping those recovering from various head injuries.

For Nunes, a change of career entailed juggling her work schedule while attending the Touching for Health, School of Professional Bodywork on nights and weekends.

In the end, she exceeded the educational standards for national certification in massage and bodywork.

Nunes added advanced study in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, manual lymph drainage, myofacial release, pregnancy and deep tissue massage via continuing education.

For more information on Marla’s Massage, call (209) 239-9091 or log on to

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