This service is located at our Old Tappan location

In many ways, massage is the most natural of remedies.  Touching your body where it hurts seems to be a basic instinct, like running from danger when you’re scared or eating when you’re hungry.  Experts say that massage can be a powerful healer. Our massage therapists at Spectrum Wellness Center draw from their expertise in the following massage styles and apply the proper techniques to give each individual body the remedy it needs.


Swedish Massage uses soothing, tapping and kneading strokes to work the entire body, relieving muscle tension and loosening sore joints.  Swedish massage therapists use five basic strokes; effleurage (stroking), petrissage (muscles are lightly grabbed and lifted), friction (thumbs and fingertips work in deep circles into the thickest part of the muscles), tapotement (chopping, beating, and tapping strokes), and vibration (fingers are pressed or flattened firmly on a muscle, then the area is shaken rapidly for a few seconds.) Swedish massage is very relaxing


Deep Tissue Massage targets chronic tension in muscles that lie far below the surface of your body.  You have five layers of muscle in your back, for instance, and while Swedish massage may help the first couple of layers, it won’t do much directly for the muscle underneath.  Deep muscle techniques usually involve slow strokes, direct pressure or friction movements, that go across the grain of the muscles and also from origin to insertion of the muscles.  Massage therapists will use their fingers, thumbs or occasionally even elbows to apply the needed pressure.


Neuromuscular Massage is a form of soft tissue manipulation that is applied to individual muscles.  It is used to increase blood flow, reduce pain and release pressure on nerves caused by injuries to muscles and fascia.  This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscle points), nerve compression, postural issues, and also problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.  Intense knots of tense muscles can also “refer” pain to other parts of the body.  For example:  Relieving a tense trigger point in your back could help ease pain in your shoulder or reduce headache.


Oncology Massage used as a complement to traditional, Western medicine, massage can promote relaxation and reduce cancer symptoms or side effects of treatment.  For Example:  It may help reduce pain, welling, fatigue, nausea, or depression, or improve function of your immune system.


Reflexology uses hand, thumb, and finger techniques to stimulate certain areas of the feet.  These areas are believed to correspond to different parts of the body.  The massage promotes health and well-being.