Hands On HealthCare 

Massage • Manual Therapy • Spa Services   

  Best Rated And Reviewed Local Medical Massage and Day Spa Located In Commack, Long Island

HandsOnSignatureHealthMassageSpaCommackLIFor PainInjuryDisease

PERSONALIZED THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Relax and improve your overall health when you visit our local day spa and treatment center. We offer a wide range of personalized therapeutic massage therapy treatment options for individuals and couples, so feel free to give our friendly and knowledgeable staff a call to schedule an appointment for a session. Treat your discomfort, stress, and other ailments and find the relief that you seek when you visit us

No matter what type of massage therapy that you require, we have something to match your unique needs. Local physicians all over the Long Island community know that they can send their patients to us for any type of massage therapy. We even offer Oncology Massage Therapy and are a Recommended Community Provider for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. You can learn more about our Advanced Medical Massage Therapy and our Myofascial Release Treatment Center here.

We work with clients from all over both Suffolk and Nassau Counties to improve their health and personal well-being. Some of the most popular types of personalized therapeutic massage therapy treatment services that we offer our clients include the following massage options:


• Swedish Massage Therapy • Aromatherapy Massage • Hot Soothing Stone Therapy • Deep Tissue Massage • Prenatal Massage

 

• Reflexology Massage • Homeopathy Massage • Ashiatsu Barefoot Deep Tissue Therapy • Sports Massage • Much More! 

Learn More About Hands On Techniques Here

 

In addition, we also offer a multitude of Advanced Medical Massage Techniques:

 

•Trigger Point Therapy • Manual Lymph Drainage • Oncology Massage Therapy • Much More! 


AND

 

We are a John Barnes Myofascial Release Treatment Center offering JB MFR for chronic pain and conditions.

 

Learn More Here About MFR


FYI

Prenatal Massage Therapy
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it 's also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies.  Although NYS does not require specific certification for prenatal massage, here at Hands On we do! You will also relax on a special table with hollowed-out areas to accommodate your belly and your breasts as well, so you can lie facedown. Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you're carrying and you may find you've got an aching lower back.

Healing From Injuries With Sports Massage 

Sports Massage was developed for helping out muscle systems that are used for different sports. We can help athletes recover from injuries and also promote flexibility to avoid those injuries as well. Preventing injuries is a large and important part of our sports massage therapy sessions.s on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add to that the extra weight you'€™re carrying and you may find you've got an aching lower back. Athletes R Us! Golfers • After the Sandtrap ...Come have your ‘traps’ worked! Tennis players •  After the Match Point... Come have your Trigger Points worked! Runners  • Get rid of those “ITB Blues!”

Golf • Tennis • Soccer • Dance • Baseball • Basketball • Gymnastics • Wrestling • Lacrosse • Softball • Track • Cheer leading • Competitive Spirit Squads • Field Hockey • Ice hockey • Running • Marathon • Swimming • Weight lifting • Bowling • Track and field • Horseback Riding• Weight Lifting • Football • More

DEFINING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEDICAL AND THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Very often there can be a fine line between medical and therapeutic massage therapy. For instance, general discomfort in an area usually responds very well to a therapeutic session. If pain or discomfort was due to a tight, over stimulated muscle, you can expect to feel better after the session. Often it is a terrific jumpstart to getting better. However, very often, the muscle and soft tissue need to be re-educated. This will enable them to get and stay better. An example would be a short, contracted muscle being re-taught to stay properly lengthened, thereby allowing proper blood flow, nerve innervations, full range of motion and a decrease in pain or discomfort. Medical geared massage incorporates many of the same techniques as therapeutic massage, along with more advanced modalities. The goal of medical techniques is to produce permanent changes or in some cases, such as paraplegia, to maintain the health of the tissue. We measure the results of medical massage by noting a reduction of pain or discomfort for longer periods of time between sessions. Below you will find a general guideline outlining the major differences between medical and therapeutic massage. However, I strongly recommend asking the advice of your therapist or if you have any reason to believe that medically geared massage would be more beneficial to you than therapeutic massage, please don’t hesitate to arrange for a consultation. A consultation will consist of reviewing your medical history, a hands-on evaluation and a determination as to whether we believe that medical geared massage sessions would be in your best interest. We do not charge for consultations.
Medical Massage Therapy Session
(All but JB MFR)
Therapeutic Massage Therapy Session
-Treats the muscles, *fascia and **Trigger Points -Treats the muscles, may affect *fascia and
-Addresses shortened and over- lengthened **Trigger Points
muscles -Addresses shortened muscles
-Sedates or stimulates muscles -Sedates muscles and the mind
-Specific, focused work, based on a treatment plan -Most often incorporates a full body session
-Feedback from the client during the session is -Feedback is welcome, but not usually necessary
customary -Feels Great!
-Often, sessions can produce some temporary
discomfort
30-45 minute sessions. 30-60-90 minute sessions
Each session will generally last longer and longer. The length of results will vary
Most often for: Most often for:

Pain, CT Syndrome, TMJ, Sciatica, Herniated Discs, Scoliosis, Migraines, Muscle Spasms, M.S., Whiplash, Injuries, Chronic muscle tightness/tension, etc.

Stress, Discomfort, Insomnia, Depression, Fatigue, High Blood Pressure, Muscle tightness/tension, Asthma, etc
 
* Fascia is a tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot. Much like a highly fluid, elastic body stocking, it functions without interruption. Fascia comes together at the end of muscles to become tendons, which attach to bones. It has been estimated that if every structure of the body except the fascia were removed, the body would retain its shape. A malfunction of one of the body’s systems due to trauma, poor posture, or inflammation can cause a binding, impinging or adhering of the fascia either to itself or to another body structure such as a muscle, bone or organ. This results in an abnormal pressure on any or all of the body’s components. Binding and restrictions in one area will affect other parts and areas of the body, similar to pulling on one end of a sweater, another area will be affected. The treatment used to treat myofascial restrictions is referred to as Myofascial Release.

**Trigger points are accumulations of waste products around a nerve receptor. Trigger points form in muscles and/or fascia, which has been overused or injured. They can present themselves as sharp pain, dull ache, tingling, pins and needles, etc. Active trigger points are those, which cause discomfort. Latent trigger points wait silently in the muscle for a future stress to activate them. It is common to attribute this discomfort to other conditions. The treatment used to treat trigger points is referred to as Trigger Point Therapy.
 

We are family friendly. Teens Welcome!

Oh, to have a teenager! Oh, to be a teenager! Massage Therapy can be a way to deal with many of the physical and emotional turmoil of this tender age.

The teenage body is in the midst of transformation -- exponential growth and development in a rapid period of time. On the physical side, teens may be at increased risk for aches, pains, and injury. Many teens strain their bodies with competitive sports, get erratic sleep, and consume a less-than-optimal diet. Massage can help muscles recover from overuse, and help balance the body and maintain that stability. Perhaps even more crucial, teen massage can help improve body image and sleep patterns, and contribute to decreased depression, anxiety, and stress. This keeps a teen connected to her/his body, even as it morphs in confounding ways.

We are ready and waiting to assist teens in finding ways to de-stress and enhance their feelings of well being. According to Reuters Health, one third of the nation's teens report feeling stressed-out on a daily basis due to overwhelming expectations by parents and society, peer pressure and hormonal changes. Hands On Signature Health (formally Hands On HealthCare) Massage and Spa-aah offers massage therapy sessions designed specifically to help teenagers learn about relaxing and taking care of themselves.
With teens receiving all sorts of messages today about their bodies and beauty, all the terrible news stories about " bad" touch, etc., it is essential to be clear about the importance of health, wellness and "good" touch.
A teen's spa experience can be educational and tailored to make them feel comfortable. We offer Massage Therapy sessions that introduce proper breathing techniques, progressive relaxation techniques, and other stress relieving lessons as part of the session. Our environment offers teens a relaxing safe haven where they can de-stress, rejuvenate, be themselves and learn how to care for themselves physically as well as emotionally.

Mother-daughter experiences are also an excellent way to establish healthy habits and introduce a positive lifestyle to a younger generation. Visit our Couples Spa Date Menu page for some session suggestions. Group Spa treatments amongst teens are becoming more and more popular as well. Sweet Sixteen Parties are becoming Spa Parties.

There are plenty of reasons why this age group should be encouraged to give Massage Therapy a try. The benefits of massage are well-documented. Questions? Concerns? Give us a call!

YOUR SESSION

BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER

HandsOnSignatureHealthcareMassageAndlocalSpaonL.I.

Prior to You Visit


    All Clients Will Need to Fill Out Specific Forms - We will email the forms to you. You can complete the form prior to your session (or arrive atleast 15 minutes early) and submit them directly through our encrypted site.

    Please obtain any relevant medical or test reports regarding your condition. Please inform us when making your appointment if you will need more then a few minutes to go over your medical history

    Please avoid wearing jewelry that will be time consuming to remove. Be prepared to put long hair up and out of the way. Refrain from wearing perfume or cologne.

    For maximum comfort and benefit, avoid heavy eating for two hours prior to treatment.

    Please make sure you have a proper fluid intake the day of the massage. Your body will respond better to the work and if need be, more accomplishments can be expected.

    Caffeine and alcohol intake should be avoided.

    It is very important that you note any changes since your last visit including, but not limited to, a change of medications or level of pain or stiffness.

    Should you have any of the following, (Contraindications) please call ahead of time to make sure massage is appropriate: INFLAMMATION, SEVERE PAIN, OPEN CUTS, BRUISES, BURNS, HEADACHE, SKIN RASH, SUNBURN, FEVER, COLD OR FLU OR DIARRHEA.

First Visit For Relaxation / De-Stress form of Massage Therapy

MassageHandsOnSignatureHealth
Your medical history will be discussed with the Massage Therapist.
You will be asked if you have a particular area
You would like the therapist to concentrate on, such as your lower back.
Couple's Massage sessions are tandem sessions and
The same body part of each individual, will be working on at the same time.

Massage Therapy for a Specific Condition

 

Your medical history will be thoroughly discussed in addition to current medications, the reason for seeking massage therapy, etc. Insurance information will be taken, if applicable. Any medical reports or test reports that are relevant to your care should be brought with you and will be discussed. A Range of Motion Evaluation will be done if necessary. An individual, personalized treatment plan will be created.


All Visits


We will discuss your progress, how you are feeling and how you've have been since our last session. The therapist will leave the room while you disrobe. You will relax on the table, covering yourself with a fresh sheet or towel. You should feel comfortable at all times. If at any point you are uncomfortable, please let the therapist know. The temperature in the room, the lights and the noise level should all be pleasant. You will be warmly draped at all times, except for the area being worked on.

  

The massage should feel comfortable at all times. The work will always be within your comfort level. However, should it be necessary to do deeper work or trigger point work, and the therapist feels it may cause some discomfort, you will be advised ahead of time. It will be your decision whether or not to use this method for treatment.

 

During the massage, you may choose to just close your eyes and relax or you may choose to talk. It is up to you. If the therapist feels it is necessary to discuss her/his findings during the massage, she/he will, otherwise we can discuss it afterwards. Please keep in mind, that muscles can sometimes be like minds, "difficult to read." We will try our best, but you ultimately you know what feels good and what doesn't. If you even think the therapist is getting close to making you uncomfortable, let her/him know. She/he might need to go about doing the work differently.


The therapist will leave the room after the massage so that you may change in private. It is very important that you get up slowly and take your time. Sometimes massage can cause a little light- headedness. Re-orient yourself. Take your time. We will then discuss your session and follow-up care. We will discuss your treatment plan.

After Your Session

  

Drink extra fluids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol. This will help prolong the effects of the massage. The fluids will help the muscles stay "looser" longer. In addition, it will help flush the accumulated chemicals that were released. The work consists of working the muscles. It can sometimes feel like a work out for you as well. Feeling a little sore afterwards is not uncommon. Having a proper fluid intake will keep this to a minimum. Being a little sore is different than feeling achy or having pain. Any aches or pain should be reported immediately to your doctor!

BENEFITS

A soothing massage can help you unwind, but that's not all.

Best Massage Long Island

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Many studies have found massage helpful for:

  • Pain, Injury, Disease
  • Muscle and Joint Stiffness
  • Blood Pressure Control
  • Infant Growth
  • Sports-related Injuries
  • Boosting Immunity
  • Symptoms Related to Cancer Treatment
  • Stress Relief

  • Managing Anxiety and Depression
  • Improving Posture
  • Assisting in Maintaining An Optimal Lifestyle
Feel confident with your choice!
We are a Recommended Provider For
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Frequently Asked Questions


Are massage therapists being accepted on insurance provider panels? 

 As health plans recognize the efficacy of massage and its value, as well as the competency of massage therapists, the number of therapists on insurance provider panels is rapidly increasing.

 

 How do I determine what type of massage therapy my patients should have and whether they need to see someone who specializes in a particular massage technique?

 The best approach is to find a qualified, professional massage therapist who can determine and/or recommend massage appropriate for the situation. You can always count on Hands On to offer a diverse range of services or to refer when necessary.

 

What does a massage therapist do that a physical therapist usually does not?

 Massage Therapists focus on the normalization of soft tissues affected by stress, injury, and illness through the use of manual techniques that improve circulation, enhance muscular relaxation, relieve pain, reduce stress or promote health and well- being. These techniques may include, but are not limited to soft tissue manipulation, active and passive stretching, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. Application of hot and cold therapies is permitted when necessary. Massage Therapy does not consist of strengthening the muscles or exercise. Licensed Massage Therapists do not diagnose, however they may include assessments, such as a range of motion evaluation, in order to monitor changes and or goals. Massage therapists have extensive training specific to their field. Physical therapists have training in basic massage, but not the specialized education of massage therapists.

 

Does the patient have to completely disrobe?

 Some forms of massage may be performed with the patient fully clothed.

 

Who are massage therapists?

 Massage therapists are licensed health professionals who apply a variety of scientifically developed massage techniques to the soft tissue of the body to improve muscle tone and circulation. Massage therapists work to enhance well-being, reduce the physical and mental effects of stress and tension, prevent disease, and restore health.

 

What techniques do massage therapists use at HOHCMT?

 Our Massage therapists use many different massage techniques and methods. These include the following, among others: Medical Massage, Swedish/European Massage, Connective Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Massage (Trigger Points), Myofascial Release and Manual Lymph Drainage. Learn More Here.

  

Is a prescription required?

 No, with the exception of No-Fault and Worker's Comp, who require a prescription for billing purposes. However, a script is always helpful, so that we know exactly what you recommend and for which diagnosis. Massage therapists may provide services that lead to improved health and muscle function, but they do not diagnose medical diseases or disorders. They evaluate patients/clients in terms of health and disease in order to know what massage technique should be used and when to make referrals to other health care practitioners.

  

What credentials do New York licensed massage therapists have?

 New York licensed massage therapists have completed a massage training program, including the following: · courses in anatomy, physiology, neurology, myology, pathology, hygiene, first aid, CPR, and infection control procedures · course work, training and practice in the theory and techniques of both oriental and western massage In addition, New York massage therapists have passed a State licensing examination. Continued Education is mandated by NYS and at Hands On, we often require additional certifications.