TAO has been serving the Monmouth County community with unparalleled spa services since 2005. We’ve earned the public vote award of “One of the Best” spa businesses in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
After ten years in business, TAO expanded and moved to its new permanent home at 611 Bangs Avenue, Asbury Park in 2014. With this move, TaoMassage became known as TAO as the new location offers more diverse services not previously available: e.g. floatation therapy, far infrared sauna
TAO accommodates private enclosed massage therapy rooms in a peaceful, clean environment. TAO offers a variety of massage techniques that are blended to create a customized massage session.
We only work with highly trained, qualified skilled therapists that have been active massage therapists for years. At TAO we have a combined bodywork knowledge of over 75years. Whomever you choose to work with toward reaching your health goals, know that you will be in “good hands” or in “good feet”.
Our philosophy is simple. We work hard to make you feel better, all ’round! We hope that from the moment you enter TAO you feel like you are cared for from the start. Our commitment to quality and your care does not waiver whether you have been a client of ours for ten years or just walking through the door for the first time curious about what we do. We are constantly at work to make each experience at TAO as best it can be. Please let us know how we are doing.
The business name is inspired by the first three letters of the Director’s last name: Taormina. It was a natural progression to use it as the company name as it also embodies the spirit of the TAO: balance and movement.
SUSTAINABLE SPA PRACTICES: TAO only uses the highest grade scented or unscented body oils, creams, and body care amenities from natural and organic sources that are preservative free and chemical free. All linens are 100% biodegradable microfiber for optimal comfort. Linens are washed in a non-polluting, biodegradable, cruelty-free washing liquid that is free from artificial fragrances/perfumes, dyes/colors and phosphates—gentle on all skin types.
Candice loves learning about the body. She also loves sharing that knowledge by teaching Anatomy & Physiology and Continuing Education classes at her alma mater, The Institute for Therapeutic Massage. Her favorite thing about massage is seeing the client’s face when they leave the treatment room feeling refreshed and put back together.
Treatment philosophy: Pain is our bodies way of telling us something is wrong and it’s time to take care of ourselves. A massage therapist’s job is to help you understand what needs work and giving it the attention it needs. Listen, Relax, Balance.
Specialties & types of clients best suited to my style of therapy: People recovering from injuries, ranging from those with chronic pain or serious injury right up to that little crick you have in your neck. I’ve worked on many athletic injuries on a local university’s sports teams and orthopedic patients at multi-specialty chiropractic offices. It’s always fun getting a client who is open to trying new techniques to achieve the goal, such as massage cupping, muscle energy techniques, and orthopedic testing.
Preferred techniques used in treatments: Relaxation. Candice tends to incorporate a lot of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, trigger point therapy, and determination to figure out the puzzle and relieve the client’s pain and discomfort. I like to letlet your body tell Candice what it needs and her goal will be to help bring it back into balance. Relaxation and feeling comfortable is important, even in a vigorous or deep tissue massage, as it allows your body to receive the work and respond naturally.
Treatment philosophy: I am a very go with the flow kind of person and I like to bring that into my massage treatments because I believe each body is unique and no two people are alike so why should my massage sessions not reflect that? I love helping people relax and feel better in their bodies so that they can go with the flow too!
Specialties & types of clients best suited to my style of therapy: I do have a background in Physical Therapy so I can help with healing from injuries, poor posture, and general aches/pains. And as much as I like helping people work out their knots, I also really enjoy creating a relaxing atmosphere for clients to escape to even if it’s only for a short time.
Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments: Depending on the person in front of me, I can use a variety of techniques to address whatever ails you. But I am formally trained in Swedish massage, orthopedic massage, active isolated stretching, sport and facial cupping, and myofascial release/ART. Also, I am inclined to incorporate my yoga experience into my treatments so don’t be surprised if you leave with a few stretches/poses you can do at home to continue feeling good after you leave your massage!
An alumna from Atelier Esthétique Institute of Esthetics in New York City, Jaylynn is a licensed esthetician in NY/NJ. She has a passion to help you achieve your skincare goals by using deep exfoliation and hydration techniques and knowledge of products that bring out the skins healthy radiant and natural glow
Treatment philosophy: So much awesome about Shannon is coming to this page soon!
Specialties & types of clients best suited to my style of therapy:
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Treatment philosophy: Stephanie is dedicated to engineering a conscious and joyful life for herself and others. She loves working with her hands and is passionate about utilizing them to create beautiful things and experiences. Inspired by her own wellness journey with integrative medicine, she is motivated to provide mindful, holistic, and therapeutic support to others. As an artist, her approach is to tap into her creativity. Every session is like a blank canvas to me – an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind healing experience.
Specialties & types of clients best suited to my style of therapy: Stephanie firmly believes we are all unique and differently-abled and that we are all worthy of well-being, care, and compassion. Specialize in serving clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or chronic pain, advanced seniors, individuals unfamiliar with therapeutic touch, persons who are transitioning, individuals who are victims of assault and/or domestic abuse, and for those who have or have had body and/or body-image sensitivities. Every client deserve to feel safe, secure, and comfortable at all times.
Preferred techniques used in treatments: Customized sessions are based on the clients’ needs and preferences blending from any of the modalities: Certified in Therapeutic Massage, Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Geriatric Massage, Orthopedic Massage, Active Isolated Stretch Technique, Sports Massage, Pre-natal/Perinatal Massage, Chair Massage, Foot Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Cupping, Gaston Method (IASTM) and yoga!
Treatment Philosophy: Finding and seeing the holistic picture of each of my clients is at the center of each session. Initiating, versus annihilating, muscle tissue through the use of Ashiatsu has allowed my work to develop over time to deliver a safe, deep, slow, unforgettable experience benefiting my clients for days or weeks at a time.
Specialties & types of clients best suited to my style of therapy: Specialist in Certified Advanced DeepFeet/Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Ashi Thai and Certified Massage Cupping. Although Ashiatsu is typically reserved for thick muscled clients it has been a wonderful tool for a wide range of clients as pressure is customizable ranging from light to deep. Since 2004 I have helped thousands of clients with chronic back pain, migraines, range of motion, to name a few benefits.
Preferred styles of massage therapy used in treatments: My hands are now only reserved for specialty services: cupping; thai poultice; all clients receive massage “soley” by my feet – Ashiatsu. I am continually blown away by the power of cupping and the delicious effective awesomeness of Ashiatsu.
Education Licenses & Certifications: State of New Jersey Licensed Massage Therapist/LMT, Certified/Certificates in Advanced Ashiatsu by the original DeepFeet barefoot massage training 2004, Massage Cupping, Active Isolated Stretching, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Thai Poultice to name a few!
Whether coming to Tao to unlock deep muscle tension or for overall relief of stress, our massage therapists and therapeutic modalities from floating to infrared sauna will surely assist you to a place of calm, comfort and rejuvenation.
From the moment you step through the doors of Tao, your journey to relaxation begins…greeted by soothing lighting and serene music and the decompressive nature of the TAO by design thanks to our 11 foot ceilings, that alone allows for a deep breath, your therapist will review your problem spots making sure to address them with extra care during your session. “I CAN TELL I’M GOING TO LIKE IT HERE ALREADY”
You may experience something like this at TAO:
Snug under the ultra soft sheets and resting securely on the warm massage table, you are already beginning to relax.
Should you choose to start your massage facing up your therapist will begin your treatment by working on your neck, shoulders and scalp–kneading and stretching away stiffness. With smooth strokes that glide across your skin from the use of nourishing and luxurious cream, the therapist slides hands down your back and along your spine, releasing the tension around the vertebrae and calming your body with these long stokes…“AHHH, SO SOOTHING!”
One arm at a time, is then taken from below your light blanket, the rest of your body stays warm and still cozy. The therapist hands move firmly along your arm, while you relax further, your wrists loosen and your hands are carefully and skillfully addressed, while your arm is guided into gentle opening stretches that increase your range of motion…“I’M FEELING AMAZING!”
Now on to your legs, hips and FEET!…again taking one leg at a time, the rest of your body is tucked securely below the sheets…. you look forward to these long sure stokes from your ankle all the way up to the outer hip, now you might be drifting away completely, if not, you will, once your feet are expertly cared for. More tension than you realize has accumulated in your feet and with just the right amount of kneading and firm pressure you are now deeply relaxed.
But the massage is not over yet! Still more is in store…you carefully turn your body over while the therapist helps you stay snug under the blanket and you are then treated to a warm towel directly on your back. “IT’S LIKE IT DROPPED OUT OF THE SKY, SO GOOD!”
Now you are melting into pure bliss while your spine and lower back get the royal treatment.
Legs and and feet get more attention still.
You cannot believe your good fortune!
Your body feels so grateful for this much needed attention and care.
Once the therapist has finished addressing your whole body, they quietly leave the room.
You rest for a few more moments savoring this exquisite experience and then get dressed, feeling invigorated and refreshed.
1. Please remove your shoes: We ask that you remove your shoes prior to entering the office to help us maintain an optimal healthy environment free of road dust dirt and debris. We provide indoor slippers for your TAO visit.
2. Quiet please: Please speak softly as you enter and exit the office in the reception area.
You will receive an email, and text if you choose, notification from TAO about your upcoming appointment the moment you book your appointment. You must receive a notification whether the appointment is booked online or directly from our front desk to ensure an appointment has been reserved for you.
An appointment confirmation email will be sent to you 48hrs prior to your appointment. At this time you have the opportunity to make changes to your scheduled appointment. Two hours prior to your appointment you will receive a text reminder if you have opted to receive text notifications.
Please arrive at your scheduled time. If you are a new client, an additional 15-20 minutes is added to your session to discuss any health issues with the therapist prior to the beginning of the massage. If you are late for your massage appointment you will be provided as much massage time as available within the scheduled time slot. You will, however, still be charged the full amount for your scheduled session.
A physician referral is generally not required in order to receive massage therapy. After speaking with your therapist and reviewing health history information a determination will be made prior to your session if a doctor’s note is required.
NOTE: Massage therapy is not a substitute for medical examinations and/or diagnosis. It is recommended that you see a physician for any physical ailment you have.
Multiple services or parties requiring three or more services to be held on one date will be required to pay a 50% non refundable deposit toward all services.
All appointment requests require a credit card or payment information (gift card, member number, etc) to reserve your requested appointment date and time.
You will be asked for the following when making an appointment over the phone or online via our website:
By scheduling an appointment with TAO you have agreed to our cancellation policy. You will receive an email notification 48 hours prior to your appointment with options to reschedule, providing it was not made on the same day.
It is suggested and customary to cancel an appointment at least 24 hours in advance either by phone or email or directly through the confirmation email received 48hrs prior to your appointment. Failure to request rescheduling with less than 24hours notice or same day cancellations and “no-shows” will result in charging for the session. Payment on file, which may a pre paid series of services or gift card credit etc, would be charged as payment for the session. Any promotional incentive would not apply to a future session.
Payment is due upon receipt of services. Rates are subject to change without notice and may differ from time of reservation to time of checkout when payment is actually due. Cash, checks and major credit cards are acceptable forms of payment. Please make checks payable to TaoMassage LLC. An electronic receipt may be sent to you for your convenience and consideration for the planet.
Sexual misconduct is forbidden. Client understands that any illicit or sexually aggressive remarks, advances or gestures will result in the immediate termination of the session and will be liable for full payment of the scheduled appointment.