Urban Escape Customized Massage Therapy

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Find an Appointment or Purchase a Gift Card

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 Customized Massages Available.


Purchase a Gift Card here 

To make a purchase  for  an E Gift Card click on the link above and under the “Appointments” tab, visit the “Online Store” and select “Gift Card”. If you’d like to have the Gift Card mailed, please  select “Mail or  Pick Up Gift Card” & then go to “Contact Us”  & send an email to  provide the name of the sender, the recipient and the address that you  would like to have the gift card mailed to. Thank you! 

Find an Appointment or Purchase a Gift Card

Find an appointment here

 Customized Massages Available.


Purchase a Gift Card here 

To make a purchase  for  an E Gift Card click on the link above and under the “Appointments” tab, visit the “Online Store” and select “Gift Card”. If you’d like to have the Gift Card mailed, please  select “Mail or  Pick Up Gift Card” & then go to “Contact Us”  & send an email to  provide the name of the sender, the recipient and the address that you  would like to have the gift card mailed to. Thank you! 


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About Urban Escape


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About

Founded in 2006, Urban Escape provides customized massage therapy services with a holistic approach.


All sessions may include a combination of the following modalities, based upon your needs: Aromatherapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release & Sports Massage.


Urban Escape is dedicated to preserving our environment & is operating an environmentally friendly business; using 100% pure & natural oils & lotions, lead free soy candles, organic 100% cotton sheets, eco-friendly synthetic-chemical free soap, laundry detergent & cleaning products.


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Jessica J. Proia, Owner & L.M.T.

Having over 20 years of experience performing various spa services, I am most passionate about therapeutic massage. After practicing massage therapy independently since 2002, I have established Urban Escape in 2006. It has always been my goal to provide an atmosphere & sessions where my clients can feel completely comfortable & relaxed. I have found it most effective to create customized massage sessions for each client & their own individual needs. Several massage modalities are combined in a session as opposed to a choice of only one.

I feel that it's my job as a licensed massage therapist to listen to the client & to have the training & intuition to meet the client's needs, using the proper techniques & pressure, not pushing past their comfort level. I believe in treating the body as a whole, not a quick fix or work that is fragmentary. I think it's important to learn new methodologies & I am constantly working on upgrading my business & service. My clients are very important to me & I'm always excited to meet & take care of new clients.


- Jessica J. Proia

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Experience

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Over Two Decades of Experience Performing Spa Services
  • American Massage Therapy Association Member
  • Continuing Student in Massage Therapy & Somatic Psychology
  • Experienced with a Number of Professional Sports Organizations
  • Experienced Performing Work on the Sets of Major Television & Movie Productions

Types of Massage Available

What is a Customized Massage?

Testimonials

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE  Part of every Urban Escape massage session, aromatherapy pays special attention to the senses, custom blending essential oils to heal, calm or revitalize. The oils are mixed with an all natural cream base. The cream is then applied , using massage techniques in order to improve circulation, release toxins & optimize physical & mental well being. 

All products are 100% natural.


CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY is a gentle method of detection & correction that encourages the natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system, allowing you to benefit from resistance to disease & better overall health.


Using a light touch, the practitioner first monitors the craniosacral system to detect potential imbalances or restrictions. Then, delicate manual techniques are used to release those problem areas & relieve pressure on the brain & spinal cord.


DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE  A more intense therapeutic massage technique where the therapist works deep into the muscle layers-utilizing trigger point release-to relieve chronic pain.


Deep tissue work is always done at the comfort level of the individual, to replace the chronic unpleasant pain.


MYOFASCIAL RELEASE  A deep relaxation technique that begins with stretching & unwinding to open up the fibrous membrane surrounding the skeletal muscle known as the fascia.


This reaction is involuntary & calming, allowing you to lose consciousness & seek deep relaxation.


SWEDISH MASSAGE  A deeply relaxing, full-body massage using long, smooth strokes to soothe & aches & pains; relieves stress by manipulating the muscles to work out tightness.


For those with specific issues, each muscle group is focused upon in order to provide the greatest benefit & relief of tension.


SPORTS MASSAGE   Specifically geared toward athletes or those who are active in sports & exercise , sports massage accelerates the body's natural restorative process. This enables the athlete to participate in rigorous physical training & conditioning more often through a combination of therapies & more intensive stretching of the various muscle groups.


Urban Escape has experience with professional sports organizations such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins & the Seattle Seahawks.

No two bodies are the same. This is why I customize every session for each client & their individual needs.


Rather than offering a choice of only one massage type, I combine several different massage modalities into one session. Multiple techniques are utilized for each client, always with the goals of inducing deep relaxation, loosening the muscles & increasing flexibility.


This is where the different massage types are utilized in phases as they serve different purposes. These goals are most effectively achieved through a longer session, slowly working into the muscle layers, always warming up & smoothing out any deep work.


Fewer clients are scheduled to provide the highest quality service. More time & attention is to be expected. Clients should leave feeling a noticeable improvement that should continue to last.


This is what I find to be most effective for me & my practice. I welcome your questions & feedback!

Thanks, Jessica

  • MATT SPAETH- PITTSBURGH STEELERS, CHICAGO BEARS "As an NFL player, my weekly exercise regimen is intense & the contact in games can take it's toll on my body. I have tried numerous sports & deep tissue massages & Jessica Proia has really been able to recharge my body & keep me on the field. Working with Jessica has helped me to recover quicker & I've noticed I'm less sore after games & workouts.  I highly recommend Jessica Proia & the professional services she provides."
  • CLARK HAGGANS- PITTSBURGH STEELERS, ARIZONA CARDINALS "As a professional athlete my body needs to be finely tuned. I've received weekly sessions from Jessica & couldn't ask for anything better for my body. Not only does she spend the sufficient amount of time stretching me but the quality of every phase in her customized routines is absolutely the best that I've ever had in my 10 years of sports. Jessica's part in my life has made me a better athlete & a more relaxed person in all phases of my life."
  • ROY FARFEL- STUNT MAN"As a professional stunt man for close to 30 years, you can only imagine what abuse my body has gone through. I don't think that there is ever a time when my body isn't injury free. After spending a significant amount of time of stretching & massaging, Jessica had relieved me of the pain & spasms of my neck & shoulders. By far she is the best that I ever had. The only regret that I have is that I wish I lived closer!"
  • KALI D. ARNOLD-M.D.- " I wanted to express what a joy it has been having Jessica Proia as a massage therapist. It is apparent that she has a genuine gift & love for what she does. As an orthopedic surgeon, I can honestly say that Jessica has a true understanding of the human anatomy which aids in her massage treatments. I look forward to having more sessions with her and her to many of my colleagues."

Directions

Recommendations & Requests

What to Expect

When you arrive at Heinz Lofts:

Park in the Heinz Lofts visitors parking lot, located toward the end of the street on the left. Enter through the front entrance, near the lot.


Use the phone in the front entrance & push #2115 or find Urban Escape on the directory.


Come into the lobby & make a right. Go to the end of the hallway_ Suite C-115 is across from the cafe' (there is a massage therapy sign outside the door)


Please Do Not arrive any earlier than the time of the appointment. I will be ready to start at the time of the appointment but if you're early you may wait in the Heinz Lofts community room.

BEFORE

  • Please arrive at the time of your appointment (not early or late). I'll be ready to start at the time of your appointment but if you arrive early you may wait in the Heinz Lofts Community Room
  • Be sure to schedule at a time when you will not be rushed. Please allow for up to 2 hours for the session
  • Hunger as well as overeating before a massage can interfere with your relaxation. Please eat sensibly & avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol before arriving.
  • Special attention is paid to the feet. Please be conscious about your hygiene & choice of foot wear (sandals & shoes without socks can cause perspiration & bacteria).
  • Please arrive freshly showered, jewelry free with no worries of hair or makeup.
  • Finally, please turn off your cell phone (including the vibrate setting)

DURING

  • Talking during the session will divert the attention from your massage. Please relax & allow for me to fully concentrate on my work to achieve the best results.
  • Your entire massage should be as comfortable & relaxing as possible. Please speak up about anything that is necessary such as discomfort during the massage or issues that require immediate attention. 
  • Relaxing the mind will result in a more relaxed body. Please trust that after warming up & assessing the muscle groups, I can find & treat the problem spots independently.
  • The more that you can concentrate on relaxing & disengaging, the easier it is for me to work & accomplish the most effective results.

AFTER

  • Drink plenty of water (8-10, 8 oz. glasses)
  • Drinking alcohol (before or during the massage) is not recommended, due to the dehydrating nature of alcohol.
  • Pay attention to your breathing & body after the massage. Be aware of any thoughts or body mechanics that may bring back tension.
  • Please understand that massage has its greatest benefits over time; the therapeutic effects are cumulative. The body will respond more quickly depending on the frequency of the sessions.

  • A Private , Professional Studio exclusively for therapeutic massage
  • A Thorough Consultation , all needs & preferences will be discussed before the session
  • A Few Moments of Alone Time before your massage to decompress & enjoy heated, herbal neck & eye pilows, soothing music & aromatherapy
  • A Long, Slow Fusion of Several Massage Modalities to induce relaxation & produce the most effective results possible
  • All Muscle Groups will Receive Thorough Attention  & the pressure will deepen as the muscles loosen
  • A Massage Therapist who is Well Trained to find & treat the problem spots independently while you can relax
  • Mental & Physical Relief During & After the Session with an overall sense of well being & noticeable
  • Respect For Your Privacy ,conservative, professional draping will be utilized throughout the entire session


Types of Massage Available

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE  Part of every Urban Escape massage session, aromatherapy pays special attention to the senses, custom blending essential oils to heal, calm or revitalize. The oils are mixed with an all natural cream base. The cream is then applied , using massage techniques in order to improve circulation, release toxins & optimize physical & mental well being. 

All products are 100% natural.


CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY is a gentle method of detection & correction that encourages the natural healing mechanisms to dissipate the negative effects of stress on the central nervous system, allowing you to benefit from resistance to disease & better overall health.


Using a light touch, the practitioner first monitors the craniosacral system to detect potential imbalances or restrictions. Then, delicate manual techniques are used to release those problem areas & relieve pressure on the brain & spinal cord.


DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE  A more intense therapeutic massage technique where the therapist works deep into the muscle layers-utilizing trigger point release-to relieve chronic pain.


Deep tissue work is always done at the comfort level of the individual, to replace the chronic unpleasant pain.


MYOFASCIAL RELEASE  A deep relaxation technique that begins with stretching & unwinding to open up the fibrous membrane surrounding the skeletal muscle known as the fascia.


This reaction is involuntary & calming, allowing you to lose consciousness & seek deep relaxation.


SWEDISH MASSAGE  A deeply relaxing, full-body massage using long, smooth strokes to soothe & aches & pains; relieves stress by manipulating the muscles to work out tightness.


For those with specific issues, each muscle group is focused upon in order to provide the greatest benefit & relief of tension.


SPORTS MASSAGE   Specifically geared toward athletes or those who are active in sports & exercise , sports massage accelerates the body's natural restorative process. This enables the athlete to participate in rigorous physical training & conditioning more often through a combination of therapies & more intensive stretching of the various muscle groups.


Urban Escape has experience with professional sports organizations such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins & the Seattle Seahawks.

What is a Customized Massage?

No two bodies are the same. This is why I customize every session for each client & their individual needs.


Rather than offering a choice of only one massage type, I combine several different massage modalities into one session. Multiple techniques are utilized for each client, always with the goals of inducing deep relaxation, loosening the muscles & increasing flexibility.


This is where the different massage types are utilized in phases as they serve different purposes. These goals are most effectively achieved through a longer session, slowly working into the muscle layers, always warming up & smoothing out any deep work.


Fewer clients are scheduled to provide the highest quality service. More time & attention is to be expected. Clients should leave feeling a noticeable improvement that should continue to last.


This is what I find to be most effective for me & my practice. I welcome your questions & feedback!

Thanks, Jessica

Testimonials

  • MATT SPAETH- PITTSBURGH STEELERS, CHICAGO BEARS "As an NFL player, my weekly exercise regimen is intense & the contact in games can take it's toll on my body. I have tried numerous sports & deep tissue massages & Jessica Proia has really been able to recharge my body & keep me on the field. Working with Jessica has helped me to recover quicker & I've noticed I'm less sore after games & workouts.  I highly recommend Jessica Proia & the professional services she provides."
  • CLARK HAGGANS- PITTSBURGH STEELERS, ARIZONA CARDINALS "As a professional athlete my body needs to be finely tuned. I've received weekly sessions from Jessica & couldn't ask for anything better for my body. Not only does she spend the sufficient amount of time stretching me but the quality of every phase in her customized routines is absolutely the best that I've ever had in my 10 years of sports. Jessica's part in my life has made me a better athlete & a more relaxed person in all phases of my life."
  • ROY FARFEL- STUNT MAN"As a professional stunt man for close to 30 years, you can only imagine what abuse my body has gone through. I don't think that there is ever a time when my body isn't injury free. After spending a significant amount of time of stretching & massaging, Jessica had relieved me of the pain & spasms of my neck & shoulders. By far she is the best that I ever had. The only regret that I have is that I wish I lived closer!"
  • KALI D. ARNOLD-M.D.- " I wanted to express what a joy it has been having Jessica Proia as a massage therapist. It is apparent that she has a genuine gift & love for what she does. As an orthopedic surgeon, I can honestly say that Jessica has a true understanding of the human anatomy which aids in her massage treatments. I look forward to having more sessions with her and her to many of my colleagues."

Directions

When you arrive at Heinz Lofts:

Park in the Heinz Lofts visitors parking lot, located toward the end of the street on the left. Enter through the front entrance, near the lot.


Use the phone in the front entrance & push #2115 or find Urban Escape on the directory.


Come into the lobby & make a right. Go to the end of the hallway_ Suite C-115 is across from the cafe' (there is a massage therapy sign outside the door)


Please Do Not arrive any earlier than the time of the appointment. I will be ready to start at the time of the appointment but if you're early you may wait in the Heinz Lofts community room.

Recommendations & Requests

BEFORE

  • Please arrive at the time of your appointment (not early or late). I'll be ready to start at the time of your appointment but if you arrive early you may wait in the Heinz Lofts Community Room
  • Be sure to schedule at a time when you will not be rushed. Please allow for up to 2 hours for the session
  • Hunger as well as overeating before a massage can interfere with your relaxation. Please eat sensibly & avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol before arriving.
  • Special attention is paid to the feet. Please be conscious about your hygiene & choice of foot wear (sandals & shoes without socks can cause perspiration & bacteria).
  • Please arrive freshly showered, jewelry free with no worries of hair or makeup.
  • Finally, please turn off your cell phone (including the vibrate setting)

DURING

  • Talking during the session will divert the attention from your massage. Please relax & allow for me to fully concentrate on my work to achieve the best results.
  • Your entire massage should be as comfortable & relaxing as possible. Please speak up about anything that is necessary such as discomfort during the massage or issues that require immediate attention. 
  • Relaxing the mind will result in a more relaxed body. Please trust that after warming up & assessing the muscle groups, I can find & treat the problem spots independently.
  • The more that you can concentrate on relaxing & disengaging, the easier it is for me to work & accomplish the most effective results.

AFTER

  • Drink plenty of water (8-10, 8 oz. glasses)
  • Drinking alcohol (before or during the massage) is not recommended, due to the dehydrating nature of alcohol.
  • Pay attention to your breathing & body after the massage. Be aware of any thoughts or body mechanics that may bring back tension.
  • Please understand that massage has its greatest benefits over time; the therapeutic effects are cumulative. The body will respond more quickly depending on the frequency of the sessions.

What to Expect

  • A Private , Professional Studio exclusively for therapeutic massage
  • A Thorough Consultation , all needs & preferences will be discussed before the session
  • A Few Moments of Alone Time before your massage to decompress & enjoy heated, herbal neck & eye pilows, soothing music & aromatherapy
  • A Long, Slow Fusion of Several Massage Modalities to induce relaxation & produce the most effective results possible
  • All Muscle Groups will Receive Thorough Attention  & the pressure will deepen as the muscles loosen
  • A Massage Therapist who is Well Trained to find & treat the problem spots independently while you can relax
  • Mental & Physical Relief During & After the Session with an overall sense of well being & noticeable
  • Respect For Your Privacy ,conservative, professional draping will be utilized throughout the entire session


Contact Us


Contact Us

Urban Escape/Customized Massage Therapy

Heinz Lofts, 300 Heinz Street Suite # C-115, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, US

(412) 527-2909 / 1-888-4 REJUVE (Answering Service)

Hours

  • Sunday-Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm