From the young age of 10, Alex developed an interest in the human body through practicing competitive judo. He joined the Junior National Team of Uzbekistan at age 16. The team got weekly rehabilitation massages, leading Alex to recognize the importance of massage for athletes. One year later, he began studying to become a judo coach and sport teacher.

During this time, he also studied general massage and sports massage. After graduation, Alex stayed on to work as a gym instructor and sports facility supervisor. It was then that massage truly became his passion, hobby and second source of income. With a wide range of classes under his belt, including 1000 hours of medical massage, Thai yoga massage, hot stone massage, deep tissue massage and anmo, Alex is uniquely equipped to serve his clients using a signature massage he has developed from what he feels to be his most effective techniques.

As Alex puts it, “Not only athletes need regular massages. Everyone does because of excessive sitting, poor posture, lifestyle and ergonomics.” He has found that massage can improve everyone’s life, enabling them to continue working productively. “Massage is not a luxury, but a necessity. I have had many jobs, but massage has a special place in my heart because it inspires and satisfies me when I help to facilitate healing through multiple therapies.” And thanks to his background in athletics and physical education, Alex has a head start when it comes to seeing the big picture: “This enables me to take a more holistic, full-body approach to improve my clients’ lives by giving them tips for a healthy lifestyle.”

Monday: 12 pm - 4 pm

​Wednesday: 9 am - 1 pm

Thursday 3 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday 9 am - 1 pm (Available every other Saturday) 
(Call to request Saturday availability)

​Massage Types Performed: Deep Tissue,Swedish, Sports, Thai, Pregnancy, Couples

Add on to massage therapy offered: (Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy)

Joanne is a people person with a passion for natural healing. She sees massage as her haven and, as a Reiki Master Teacher, allows the healing energy to flow through her and into the client. Possessing both artistic and scientific gifts, Joanne finds that massage enables her to combine the two for the benefit of those she is treating. Joanne loves seeing how she can make a difference in people’s lives by helping to facilitate their healing. She enjoys lifelong learning and the many continuing education courses she takes in order to make her a more well-rounded therapist. Joanne offers a variety of modalities, among others deep tissue, sports massage, Thai, Reiki, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® and shiatsu. She is also a licensed esthetician. 

Monday: 1 pm - 6 pm

Tuesday: 3 pm - 8 pm

Thursday: 11 am - 5 pm

Massage Types Performed: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Thai, Ashiatsu, Pregnancy, Shiatsu, Reiki, Cupping, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Couples

Add on to massage therapy offered: (Reflexology, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy)

Meredith Augustin

Licensed Massage Therapist

Tuesday: 9 am or 12 pm - 4 pm (Call for availability)

Wednesday: 9 am - 4 pm

Thursday: 9 am -  6 pm

Friday: 10 am -  6 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm

​Massage Types Performed: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Pregnancy, Hot Stone, Thermo Therapy, Couples

Donna Polito LMT Newtown Massage and Spa
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Donna polito

licensed massage therapist

Donna began her healing career as a personal trainer and obtained her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from West Chester University. An athlete her whole life, fitness was her passion from an early age, inspiring her to help and educate people how to acquire and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As she puts it, “You are only given one body; treat it right!” As a personal trainer, her clients were seeing great results in their fitness goals. However, many of them would come to her a few days later, expressing muscle soreness and wanting to know what they could do to relieve this other than stretching.
Donna remembered how as a two-sport collegiate athlete (field hockey/softball) she first turned to massage to help her body prepare and recuperate before and after her games. Consequently, she decided to turn to massage herself to help her clients live pain-free lives. Donna feels that “this is by far the best decision I have ever made”. Donna now enjoys teaching young athletes the importance of taking care of their bodies and the benefits massage has on their performance.

Donna’s approach to massage is both intuitive and clinical. With a gentle yet deep touch, she specializes in techniques such as deep tissue, corrective massage, sports massage, Swedish massage and myofascial release to develop, maintain and rehabilitate the physical function of the body. In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, Donna believes that massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Tuesday: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Wednesday: 12 pm - 6 pm

Thursday: 9 am - 3 pm

Friday: 11 am - 6 pm

Saturday 9 am - 1 pm (Available every other Saturday)(Call to request Saturday availability)

Massage Types Performed: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Pregnancy, Cupping, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stone, Thermo Therapy, Couples

Add on to massage therapy offered: (Reflexology, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy)

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Sarah Downing LMT Newtown Massage and Spa

Newtown Massage and Spa

Massage Therapists

Alex Gecht

Licensed Massage Therapist

Joanne Altomare LMT Newtown Massage and Spa

Joanne Altomare 
licensed massage therapist

​​Sarah Downing
licensed massage therapist

Sarah was inspired to become a Licensed Massage Therapist after experiencing years of chronic illness and pain. Through her own healing journey she realized the importance of a holistic approach to healthcare and was moved to help others in the role of a “wounded healer”. Having seen first-hand the impact of stress-related illness, Sarah knows how vital massage and the nurturing power of touch are for alleviating this. She believes that heartfelt intention is a huge part of healing and her treatments also incorporate her natural intuition, enabling her to customize them to her individual client’s wishes and needs. Sarah specializes in deep tissue, sports massage, Thai massage (“assisted yoga”, an energizing clothed massage), Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® and is a Reiki Master Teacher. Alongside massage therapy, Sarah is a professional writer, poet and translator and has been blessed to experience life in three different countries (England, Germany and the US), which has opened her eyes and broadened her horizons.

Sunday: 9 am - 1 pm and later on request

Monday: 1:45 pm - 7 pm

Tuesday: 3:15 pm - 8:15 pm

​Friday: 9 am - 2 pm

Massage Types Performed: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Thai, Ashiatsu, Reiki, Medical Cupping, Couples

​Add on to massage therapy offered: (Trigger Point Therapy)