With the warm, sunny weather finally rolling in, I have found myself beating the summer heat by spending my weekends beachside at the Jersey Shore. Since I have been evacuating town each Friday afternoon, I have been remiss in continuing my quest for the best brunch in Hoboken. So I will be on hiatus until the weekend weather cools down and fall rolls in.
For the past few weeks, I have been mentioning my need for a good massage. Lucky for me, TheBoken offered me a free massage by Tim Watson, LMT in exchange for a review. Obviously this was a no-brainer!
Oftentimes, I find myself wincing in pain while getting a massage if the pressure is too strong. Instead of enjoying the experience, I mentally count down the minutes until I can be freed from the pain. Everything about Tim’s massage was different than the ordinary and definitely worth trying out. As an added bonus, if you refer three friends for a massage, Tim will treat you to your next one for free. I can’t wait to tell all of my girlfriends, so that I can get another massage in a few weeks!
Here’s my recap:
Very Experienced/Great Price. Tim is a graduate of the Swedish Institute’s College of Heath Science in New York City. He passed the state licensing exam with an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies along with the prestigious LMT title (Licensed Massage Therapist). He is fully insured and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. One of his specialties is assisting with injury recovery and relieving chronic pain.
Tim charges $75 for a 60 minute massage and $100 for a 90 minute massage. Just as a comparison, a 75 minute massage at Bliss is $150! Currently, Tim does not offer any packages, but is looking into adding it in the future.
Customizable. Tim’s massages are customized specifically for the client. Although most places require you to fill out a survey, I tend to think they are quickly reviewed and little attention is paid to your answers. Tim likes to build a rapport with his clients. He suggests that clients arrive a few minutes ahead of their scheduled appointment to discuss preferences and areas of concern.
Tim pays special attention to everything he discusses with the client and ensures that all areas of concern are properly addressed in the massage. Before the massage started he offered a selection of music to choose to from- I picked Enya. He even said if there was a particular type of music I enjoyed, he would purchase it for future massages. The best part of this one on one attention is that it never cuts in to your 60 or 90 minute session.
You’re a person, not just a number. When I was applying to college, a majority of the schools I visited stressed that, as a student at so and so College/University, “You would be a name, not just a number.” This was a huge selling point for me in colleges and apparently in selecting a place for a massage as well.
Tim takes the time to get to know each client. He wants to ensure that you are comfortable and get the most from your massage. In his iPad, he keeps information about each client: their preferences for music, oils/lotions, etc. Tim goes above and beyond to ensure that the client receives everything they hope for and more from a massage. He focuses his practice on “treating people like people,” not just money in his pocket.
Not a spa. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a relaxing spa day with the girlfriends filled with pedicures, massages and facials, a massage with Tim Watson is not the best place to go. He works out of Dao-Sheng Acupuncture located at 109 Grand Street between 1st and 2nd. As an acupuncture office, and soon to be western doctors office, the atmosphere does not lend itself towards a tranquil spa setting. Although there are no cozy, oversized white robes or relaxing waiting rooms, as soon as you walk into the massage room, the dim light and background music (and the great massage too!) transport you right to any great spa that you have ever been to.
Well Balanced Massage. As soon as my massage began, I was transported to a calm, relaxing place. The background music played the sounds of the beach (my most calming place); waves quietly crashing on the shore. The sounds reminded me of a massage gone awry with my girlfriends on spring break, senior year of college. Everything about this massage was the opposite of that unfortunate experience. The pressure was perfect, I did not walk away coated in smelly oil and the atmosphere was comfortable and inviting.
Most spas rush you in and out in the allotted time. The last massage I received in Hoboken (I won’t name the place!) felt rushed and poorly timed. The masseuse spent a majority of the time on one side of my body and then quickly sped through the motions on the other side in order to finish on time. That massage ended abruptly, leaving me expecting more. However, with Tim, everything was perfectly timed and all areas received the same attention. Tim spent a little extra time to make sure everything was done properly, going over the allotted minutes so that I was satisfied.
The best part was the foot massage. After having a rushed pedicure the night before that lacked a sufficient foot massage, I was overjoyed to make up for it the next night.
I left the appointment relaxed and stress free, the perfect way to continue a hectic workweek. Check out Tim’s website or Facebook page for more information. To book an appointment, contact Tim directly by email, phone or his website (his information and schedule is listed below). Hopefully you will enjoy your experience as much as I did!
As a special offer to TheBoken readers, mention this article and Tim will give you a 60 minute massage for only $60!
Tim Watson, LMT Dao-Sheng Acupuncturee Office
Address: 109 Grand Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Tuesday: 12pm-4pm, 7pm-10pm
Thursday: 12pm-4pm, 7pm-10pm
Sunday: By request only