I've been in private practice as a massage therapist since March of 2006, and have studied many different modalities over the years - including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, 5-element shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy, orthopedic manual therapy and prenatal massage. When booking your appointment, please let me know what kind of massage you'd like by choosing a focus from the options below:
A full-body massage that includes techniques with more of a relaxation focus, such as rocking, palming, gliding, kneading and broad compression; goals may include calming the nervous system, improving circulation and promoting overall feelings of well-being.
Pressure: light to medium
A deeper massage that includes techniques with a more therapeutic emphasis, such as focused compression (using thumbs, fingertips and elbows), cross-fiber friction, muscle stripping, trigger point therapy and muscle activation techniques.
Pressure: medium to deep
Prenatal massage focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue.
Pressure: light to medium
I am available for services on the Upper West Side and Upper East Side in Manhattan. I also see clients in my apartment in Riverdale, and may be able to come to your home or office if it's within my travel zone (generally above 65th street in Manhattan, including Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, Riverdale and Yonkers).
80th & Broadway
Lexington btw 81s/82nd
Netherland & 256th
Upper West Side & Upper East Side Locations
Come to my place in Riverdale to get a significant concession on my Manhattan rates! Look up my address on Google maps to see if it might be worth your while. I'm at 5545 Netherland Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471.
If you are within my travel zone, which is generally upper Manhattan and the West Side, I'm happy to travel to your home. Please note that you'll need your own table if you'd like to receive massage therapy - if you don't have one, be sure to check out my "free massage table" special below.
If you'd like me to come to your home for therapeutic massage services but don't currently have a massage table, I'll happily provide one for you if you purchase a package of 10 sessions upfront! To take advantage of this special, please contact me first to confirm that your address is within my travel range. You can call (646.496.5526) or email me ([email protected]).
Read what some of my clients have to say...
"So glad someone referred Jason to me! He is fantastic and has helped me manage a chronic problem I have had for a long time. I not only feel much better, but have learned so much about my anatomy and how to manage some of the triggers. I can't recommend Jason enough and feel so lucky to have met him. He is excellent!!!"
"I have been to a fair number of massage therapists over the past 35 years, and there are only two that I would rank of the highest quality. Jason Brown is one of them. He has a rare gift. I recommend him highly."
"After a decade of orthopedic surgeries and sessions with 10+ PTs over the years, no one comes close to Jason in assessing the root cause of pain. I'm a big question-asker and his anatomy & physiology knowledge is second to none. Very professional and punctual. Would recommend to anyone."
"I was looking to rehab a pesky shoulder injury, one that had not responded to physical therapy or other therapeutic modalities. In just one session, Jason helped me identify a maladaptive movement pattern that everyone else had missed and my shoulder began to heal! I consider Jason a mentor and recommend him to all of my private clients, students and friends!"
Questions about the kind of massage therapy I offer? Read some of the common ones below, but don't be afraid to reach out if you have a question that I didn't cover!
I've studied a variety of techniques over the years, including Swedish relaxation and deep tissue, Shiatsu, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, orthopedic manual therapy and prenatal massage. When you schedule your first visit I'll reach out to talk with you a bit about your reasons for seeking therapeutic massage. If relevant, we may also spend some time doing an assessment at the beginning of your first session in order to get a better sense of what's going on with you body. The session itself can either be a full-body relaxation or deep tissue massage, or a more therapeutically-oriented massage focusing on a few areas of primary concern.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Firstly, congratulations on coming in for your first massage! I'm happy to introduce you to this amazing healing form. Here's a few things to keep in mind when you come in for your first session:
Trigger points are involuntary tight tender spots in a contracted muscle. This creates pain and dysfunction within the muscle. They are in parts of the muscle where there is decreased circulation, increased muscle contraction, spasm and increased nerve sensitivity causing a sharp pain or a constant ache.
Trigger points develop from either stress, repetitive or overuse of a muscle, trauma or accident, structural imbalance, improper stretching or no stretching before physical activity. When a muscle is overused or injured a contraction develops and knots occur. These knots develop when individual muscle fibers are over-stimulated and unable to release their contracted state. This contraction reduces blood flow resulting in a diminished supply of oxygen and a build up of metabolic waste. The contracted muscle (trigger point) reacts by sending out signals of pain.
To treat trigger points apply sustained pressure for a period long enough to release the muscle spasm, about 10-30 seconds to deactivate it, release and relax the muscle. This increases blood flow to the muscle normalizing it and bringing it back to a healthy state. This procedure is one of the most powerful yet simple ways to treat muscle pain and discomfort.
This depends on why you're coming in and your budget. If you have a specific issue that you're trying to address, such as chronic pain in your hip, knee, low back or shoulder, there's a good possibility that you have trigger points (TPs) in these areas. As trigger points are often the result of patterns set by your nervous system, coming in more frequently for a few weeks can help change these patterns and decrease the likelihood that the same trigger points will continue to arise. I usually recommend coming in twice per week for two weeks, the once per week for a few weeks, then every other week for a few weeks, gradually tapering off to just once per month.
If you're feeling pretty good in your body and are coming in primarily to help maintain your physical wellbeing and/or relieve stress, I would recommend setting up a regular schedule of massage based on how busy your schedule is and your budget. Most of my regular clients get a massage once per month, but I do have a few that schedule a session every other week.
This really depends on the kind and severity of the injury. For more serious injuries in the acute phase (i.e., within the first 48 hours of injury), you should probably see a doctor first to get a diagnosis... or at least take it easy, ice, and see if the injury starts to get better. In some instances where massage may not be appropriate right at the injury site it can still be helpful to receive massage for the rest of the body to help reduce compensatory tension and physical/mental stress.