When they aren't mending muscles with traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, the therapists at Medical Massage for Health & Healing target stubborn knots with hot stones and bamboo. Another specialty is the Thai-stem coconut massage, a tropical treatment steeped in Asian skincare techniques. During this treatment, therapists rub skin with a steamed coconut oil that's flush with antioxidants and natural anti-aging properties, a procedure that leaves the body's surface like Pluto's surface after a collision with an asteroid belt: soft and silky smooth.
The setting is equally relaxing. A trickling fountain soothes guests as they lounge in the waiting room, which takes on a warm, orange glow thanks to an electric fireplace. Inside the private massage room, roses adorn a swirling wall ornament and anatomical charts pinpoint the location of the elusive funny bone.
Knot Knot recalls a cozy zen temple with black wood floors, screen dividers, and lush potted orchids––and that's just the waiting area. In the comfort of a cozy, low-lit room, licensed massage therapists take relaxation up a notch with Thai herbal acupressure, flowing Swedish strokes, and soothing, deep-tissue bodywork. The spa also offers an indulgent menu of exfoliating facial treatments, ranging from organic hydrating masks to age-reducing collagen care.
Doctor of Chiropractic Scott Solomon's passion for his chiropractic practice is rooted in personal experience. When he was young, he grappled with severe migraines. After undergoing chiropractic care and noticing a great improvement, Dr. Solomon went into the field himself, graduating from Life University and earning licenses from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the Pennsylvania Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Eventually, Dr. Solomon took up his craft at The Wellness Studio & Chiropractic, where he and his staff combine chiropractic care with massage therapy to alleviate ailments such as back pain, migraines, or fibromyalgia. Their chiropractic adjustments straighten crooked spines and improve flexibility specifically so patients can moonlight as contortionists. Massage therapists incorporate hot stones and aromatherapy into their sessions, whereas an acupuncture treatment can further relieve sore bodies.
Signature Service: 90 minute Swedish/Deep Tissue Combo
Brands Used: Biotone Lotion, Bon Vital Coconut Oil
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are located inside the CoreFit Training Studios.
Michael Olin studied massage at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a school that takes a broad view of the subject. At his alma mater, Michael learned seven different modalities, which he now puts to use for his clients at Olin Heal Spa. He relieves stress and promotes blood flow with the gentle strokes of Swedish massage, or drills deep to relieve chronic tension or pain with deep tissue or trigger point therapy. Perhaps most unusually, he practices tui na, the principle form of Chinese medical massage. For this particular modality, he incorporates assisted stretching into his regular, hand-based massage techniques, with the goal of evening out the flow of energy through the body so that no particular organ gets an unfair electricity bill.
Massages don’t just loosen tight back muscles. The therapeutic benefits extend to improving range of motion, circulation, sleep habits, and overall moods. At Plainsboro Massage Spa, the massage therapists find success with a combination of techniques, such as kneading, compression, frictioning,and mobilizing. Because the benefits of massage can increase when received regularly, Plainsboro also offers massage memberships. This makes it easier and more cost effective for clients to pop in for monthly massages.