A therapeutic and relaxing massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. This massage is the perfect choice for clients with ailments such as chronic back pain, neck and shoulder pain, repetitive strain injuries, sciatica and muscle tension or spasms. The tissue is warmed before slowly going deeper, and deep tissue can be performed with a variety of pressures (to your comfort level) to break down adhesions and knots, the painful rigid tissue caused by tension. Particularly tense areas may experience some discomfort during the massage, and your body may feel like it does post-workout for a day or two afterwards. However, this tends to abate with more frequent massages, and ultimately clients experience extensive and often lasting relief of their symptoms. Ideally, as with any bodywork, this massage should be performed regularly for maintenance and to prevent your body from becoming accustomed to holding itself in a tense state. Combine this with Thai massage assisted stretching to not only relieve your tension, but also increase your range of motion and flexibility. Also available as a four-handed massage, where two therapists work on you simultaneously.
Combine deep tissue and sports stretches to enhance your athletic performance, increase range of motion, endurance, speed of response and flexibility for your upcoming game, or to relax and recuperate after the exertion of sports and reduce your recovery time. We recommend gym clients get a massage post-workout. Our therapists work hand in hand with our trainers, enabling our team to devise a regime for you to ensure you reach your goals.
This Japanese bodywork is a form of acupressure where the therapist applies pressure with their thumbs, fingers, palms, knees and elbows to tsubo (acupressure points) along meridians (energy pathways) corresponding to the body's vital organs. This balances the body's qi (energy flow) and imparts relaxation and pain relief. Shiatsu also includes stretching, rocking and mobilization. This modality can be performed fully clothed on a padded mat, or incorporated in your table massage.
Whilst deep tissue tends to get more "to the heart of the matter" by relieving chronic pain, Swedish massage is more about overall relaxation. Long gliding strokes, kneading and friction on the more superficial muscle layers improve blood flow to the soft tissues, increase circulation and alleviate muscle tension. Combine this with Thai massage assisted stretching for a massage that not only relieves your tension, but also increases your range of motion and flexibility.
Hot Stone Massage
Enhance your Swedish or deep tissue massage experience with heated stones to warm muscles and relieve muscle tension.
Thai massage is ideal for clients in search of a more energizing massage experience. Affectionately dubbed "lazy man's yoga", this approximately 2,500-year-old art form is traditionally performed fully clothed on a padded mat, but can be performed on the table. The client wears loose and comfortable clothing such as sportswear to facilitate the assisted poses, stretches and compressions. The practitioner uses forearms, elbows, knees and feet to increase flexibility, energy (by opening the body's energy/sen lines) and better postural alignment. A much sought after modality due to its multitude of benefits, we are proud to be among the few in the area to offer this unique therapy. If you wish, our therapists can also blend Thai massage with other modalities such as deep tissue to customize the perfect massage experience for you. Also available as a four-handed massage, where two therapists work on you simultaneously.
Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy
The therapist supports themselves by holding on to bars above the massage table and gives you a luxurious deep tissue massage with their bare feet. This is a refreshingly different massage, and we are one of the few facilities in the area to offer it!
We are all composed of energy. In Reiki energy healing the practitioner fills themselves with the energy around them and channels it to the client through their hands. This aims to enhance the client's own healing abilities, induce relaxation and reduce pain. Depending on their level of openness and their rapport with the practitioner, each client may experience this differently. Often, it can be described as a tingling yet soothing sensation where the practitioner's hands heat up to soothe tension and impart relaxation. For Reiki practitioners Reiki generally flows through their hands whenever they perform any type of healing work. If you would like Reiki to be part of your massage, please request one of our Reiki practitioners when you book your massage. This is also available as a 1-hour standalone treatment.
Two of our therapists will pamper you side by side with a massage of your choice while you relax and enjoy some quality time with your significant other or a friend. *Please book at least a week in advance
A nurturing massage where the mother to be is specially bolstered and positioned to ensure her comfort. This reduces pregnancy swelling and stress on feet, ankles, lower back and neck. We only perform pregnancy massage after the first trimester.
Light touch moves excess lymph and fluid out of the tissues and back into lymphatic vessels. Excellent for conditions such as edema and boosting the immune system.
Utilizes moist heat packs to provide heat to the areas of your body that are being treated. Adding the heat packs along with your massage helps to increase blood flow which relaxes the muscles, reduces pain, and promotes healing. This allows the massage therapist to work deeper and specific to the affected area. Adding heat packs to your massage can be used in combination with deep tissue massage and for relaxation. Other massage types can be used upon request. Available for 60-minute and 90-minute massage sessions. Appointments must be made a day ahead of time for this specific treatment.
The therapist uses glass cups to apply suction to the surface of the body to draw out pathogens and invigorate the body's qi (energy flow). Provided in combination with massage or as a 30 minute cupping only treatment.
In reflexology thumb pressure is applied to reflex points on the feet that correspond to parts of the body. This results in relaxation, balancing and healing. It can also be performed on the hands and ears. Available as a full 1-hour treatment blended with Reiki or as a 30-minute add-on to any treatment.
Pnf Stretching (Add-on)
Proprioceptive neuromuscular stretching is a sports massage technique to increase range of motion and improve motor performance and rehabilitation.
Trigger Point Therapy (Add-on)
Incorporate this technique in any massage to relax and relieve the sore knots that refer pain to other parts of the body. Finger pressure is applied around and on these knots, starting slowly until the knot "invites you in".
Enhance your psychological and physical wellbeing by adding essential oils to any of our massages.
Myofascial Release (Add-on)
Myofascial release causes the fascia to relax and unwind for soothing pain relief. Injured muscle fibers and trauma result in shortened and tightened fascia, causing pain and tension. In this stretching technique the therapist slowly stretches the fascia, the connective tissue network surrounding the body's muscles and organs, guided by the patient's response.
Maxine Schrack: Licensed Massage Therapist
In her early teens, a relative of Maxine was involved in a car accident. She quickly saw how massage became a vital part of this person's rehabilitation treatment. This led Maxine to become fascinated by the health benefits of massage and how it can truly transform a person's capabilities, increase range of motion, decrease pain, and impart calmness, relaxation and a positive mindset for a happier, healthier life. Maxine is intrigued by how the body's systems are connected and the infinite number of modalities she can learn to improve clients' lives. One important lesson Maxine has learned from massage is being humble enough to know you are doing the right thing, yet encouraged to continually learn. Maxine graduated with high honors in Anatomy and Physiology from Cortiva in 2010. Since this time, she has mostly practiced alongside a physical therapist, treating clients with a variety of conditions, including but not limited to frozen shoulder, sciatica pain, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia and injuries due to car accidents. Maxine's technique is based on your body's needs. Typically, she applies medium to firm pressure, focusing on muscular or anatomical needs, followed by stretching (passive range of motion). Maxine customizes her massages by using trigger point therapy, localized hot stones or cupping to alleviate muscle tension and perform myofascial release.
Sarah Downing: Licensed Massage Therapist
Sarah was inspired to become a Licensed Massage Therapist after experiencing years of chronic illness and pain. Through her own healing journey she realized the importance of a holistic approach to healthcare and was moved to help others in the role of a "wounded healer". Having seen first-hand the impact of stress-related illness, Sarah knows how vital massage and the nurturing power of touch are for alleviating this. She believes that heartfelt intention is a huge part of healing and her treatments also incorporate her natural intuition, enabling her to customize them to her individual client's wishes and needs. Sarah specializes in deep tissue, sports massage, Thai massage ("assisted yoga", an energizing clothed massage), Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® and is a Reiki Master Teacher. Alongside massage therapy, Sarah is a professional writer, poet and translator and has been blessed to experience life in three different countries (England, Germany and the US), which has opened her eyes and broadened her horizons.
Meredith Augustin: Licensed Massage Therapist
Meredith was originally drawn to massage as a means to relieve people's suffering. While working as a medical assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant, she realized that drugs aren't always the answer, and began massaging her patients' hands, heads and backs. With her intuitive and compassionate gift, she was able to impart relaxation and pain relief. What Meredith likes most about massage is the opportunity to work with different clients, the chance to become a better healer, the spiritual connection, the trust her clients place in her and the joy she experiences in working with them. In addition, she has found that healing others is often a two-way healing process – in giving she also receives, which is what makes this such an enriching career for her. As she puts it, "11 years later, here I am: an LMT, and loving every bit of it!" During her years as an LMT, Meredith has learned to come to peace, be a good listener, be kind and tune in to the body and listen to the muscles. She sees each client as an individual, and because of this she never stops learning. She is honored when clients partner with her on their road to healing. Meredith offers a wide range of modalities, including deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone, hydrotherapy, prenatal massage, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release and sciatic relief. Looking forward, she is excited to gain training in other modalities such as cupping, Thai massage and more.
Donna Polito: Licensed Massage Therapist
Donna began her healing career as a personal trainer and obtained her Bachelor's in Kinesiology from West Chester University. An athlete her whole life, fitness was her passion from an early age, inspiring her to help and educate people how to acquire and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As she puts it, "You are only given one body; treat it right!" As a personal trainer, her clients were seeing great results in their fitness goals. However, many of them would come to her a few days later, expressing muscle soreness and wanting to know what they could do to relieve this other than stretching. Donna remembered how as a two-sport collegiate athlete (field hockey/softball) she first turned to massage to help her body prepare and recuperate before and after her games. Consequently, she decided to turn to massage herself to help her clients live pain-free lives. As she puts it, "this is by far the best decision I have ever made". Donna now enjoys teaching young athletes the importance of taking care of their bodies and the benefits massage has on their performance. Donna's approach to massage is both intuitive and clinical. With a gentle yet deep touch, she specializes in techniques, such as deep tissue, corrective massage, sports massage, Swedish massage and myofascial release, to develop, maintain and rehabilitate the physical function of the body. In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, Donna believes that massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Joanne Altomare: Licensed Massage Therapist
Joanne is a people person with a passion for natural healing. She sees massage as her haven and, as a Reiki Master Teacher, allows the healing energy to flow through her and into the client. Possessing both artistic and scientific gifts, Joanne finds that massage enables her to combine the two for the benefit of those she is treating. Joanne loves seeing how she can make a difference in people's lives by helping to facilitate their healing. She enjoys lifelong learning and the many continuing education courses she takes in order to make her a more well-rounded therapist. Joanne offers a variety of modalities, among others deep tissue, sports massage, Thai, Reiki, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy and shiatsu. She is also a licensed esthetician.
Alex Gecht: Licensed Massage Therapist
From the young age of 10, Alex developed an interest in the human body through practicing competitive judo. He joined the Junior National Team of Uzbekistan at age 16. The team got weekly rehabilitation massages, leading Alex to recognize the importance of massage for athletes. One year later, he began studying to become a judo coach and sport teacher. During this time, he also studied general massage and sports massage. After graduation, Alex stayed on to work as a gym instructor and sports facility supervisor. It was then that massage truly became his passion, hobby and second source of income. With a wide range of classes under his belt, including 1000 hours of medical massage, Thai yoga massage, hot stone massage, deep tissue massage and anmo, Alex is uniquely equipped to serve his clients using a signature massage he has developed from what he feels to be his most effective techniques. As Alex puts it, "Not only athletes need regular massages. Everyone does because of excessive sitting, poor posture, lifestyle and ergonomics." He has found that massage can improve everyone's life, enabling them to continue working productively. "Massage is not a luxury, but a necessity. I have had many jobs, but massage has a special place in my heart because it inspires and satisfies me when I help to facilitate healing through multiple therapies." And thanks to his background in athletics and physical education, Alex has a head start when it comes to seeing the big picture: "This enables me to take a more holistic, full-body approach to improve my clients' lives by giving them tips for a healthy lifestyle."
Newtown Massage And Spa Massage Therapy Protocol
What to expect from your massage
At Newtown Massage and Spa, we customize your massage to your needs to ensure you have an enjoyable and relaxing experience every single time. Look forward to a multitude of massage therapy benefits. Escape your stress in our soothing spa atmosphere and let our friendly and highly qualified massage therapists pamper you and encourage your body's healing processes. Whether you're here for the treatment of neck pain, sciatica, hip pain, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, overall tension or quite simply relaxation, we will be happy to recommend the perfect therapist for you.
How to Book
To schedule your appointment, you can either book through the app on our website (see below), book a session on your smartphone through the MINDBODY Connect app or simply give us a call on (215) 598-7750. Our knowledgeable front desk staff will be happy to discuss your needs with you and recommend an appropriate modality, as well as a therapist who performs this.
Meet and Greet
For your first appointment we request that you arrive 15 minutes early so that you can fill out an intake form, which you can also print out and complete before your appointment by clicking the link You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this. The form lists preexisting conditions, medical concerns and your massage preferences (on our Massage Mood Menu), such as massage pressure, temperature, music type and volume and complimentary aromatherapy. For subsequent sessions, we request that clients arrive at least 5 – 10 minutes ahead of time so that we can start and end your massage on time out of respect for the clients after you. We encourage our clients to give their therapists feedback throughout the session if they would like anything, e.g. pressure, to be adjusted. Your therapist will need this information to tailor their massage to you. They will also ask you about your goals for this particular session and going forward if you have booked a package of sessions, which is generally recommended for those looking to treat an ongoing condition such as chronic pain. Many clients ask how often they should schedule a massage. Our response to this is that it depends on the specific condition you are treating, as well as your personal goals. For instance, athletes often find that more regular massage enables them to perform more consistently, whereas those with sedentary desk jobs or professions putting them at risk of repetitive strain injury can reduce their risk of chronic pain with more regular massage. As a rule of thumb, we recommend at least once a month for maintenance and weekly or bimonthly for conditions requiring more in-depth treatment. In some cases, e.g. after a car accident, our massage is also covered by insurance. In addition, our massage packages are a great deal for those who would like to make massage a regular priority in their life.
Starting Your Massage
After filling out your intake form and discussing your needs, your massage therapist will take you to one of our tranquil and spa-like massage rooms where you can look forward to relaxing on a comfortable massage table with a cosy heating pad (if needed) and soft, clean sheets covered with a blanket. You will find a chair for your personal belongings. Once your therapist has ensured you have no further questions, they will leave the room for you to disrobe to your comfort level (unless your treatment is a fully clothed massage such as Thai). For some people this means removing everything and others prefer to leave on their undergarments. Either option is fine because your therapist wants you to feel as comfortable as possible. Once disrobed, lie under the top sheet of the massage table. Your therapist will tell you whether they are starting you face up or face down. If it is face down, they will ask you to place your face in the face cradle, which they will adjust as needed once reentering the room after first knocking to check you are ready. On reentering the room, your therapist will check you are comfortable and whether anything needs to be adjusted and then the massage will begin. To preserve your modesty, they will only uncover the part of the body they are currently working on, and the rest of you will be fully draped at all times. Giving feedback: We respect that some clients prefer to chat whilst other like to remain silent. We will follow your lead. It's up to you to tailor your massage. In addition, don't ever hesitate to give feedback during the massage. We want to ensure you have the best possible experience. Our therapists are all licensed and trained professionals.
During Your Massage
Before beginning the session, your therapist will ask you to alert them if, at any time during the session, massage techniques or strokes they are using are uncomfortable. Depending on your specific needs or requests, your massage therapist will either perform a customized full-body massage (for general relaxation and stress reduction) or focus on the specific parts of your body that you have requested. Communicate: This is your customized massage. If you have feedback on pressure, room temperature, lighting, let us know.
At the end of your massage session, your therapist will leave the room for you to re-dress. They will meet you at the front desk where they will give you a cup of water, and where you also have a chance to reschedule with one of our front desk staff if you so wish. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any concerns you may have once you go home. We want you to feel like you are in good hands and truly care about the outcome of your particular condition. We look forward to welcoming you in our facility, and are confident that we will provide you with an unforgettable massage. Hydrate: After a deep tissue massage, it is common to experience soreness similar to that of post-workout syndrome. Water helps flush out the minerals released during your massage while rehydrating your muscles and reducing potential soreness. Epsom salt baths are also recommended.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
Founded in 2011, we are located in the Wrightstown Health and Fitness building. Our mission is to provide massage services to enhance your health and relaxation, and each massage is customized to your individual needs. Take a break from your everyday hustle and bustle and treat yourself to an amazing healing experience. Our talented team of therapists listen to your needs and are passionate about creating a massage to suit your body. At Newtown Massage and Spa our variety of therapies, coupled with a soothing spa atmosphere, ensures that every client is given a personalized massage they won't forget. But don't just take our word for it. Check out our rave reviews from our many satisfied clients.