Therapist performing deep tissue massage

Do you undertake regular sports activities? Do your work or leisure activities require repetitive actions or sitting down for long periods? Are you susceptible to stress? Physical, emotional and mental demands can have an impact on our bodies and if any of the above applies to you, you might want to consider a massage involving some advanced and deep tissue techniques.

Sometimes an area of body tissue can get stuck which may cause muscular imbalances and changes in posture sometimes with stiffness or pain. Deep tissue massage aims to break this pattern to restore a natural equilibrium; I like to think of it as ‘re-booting’.

What is it?

Deep tissue massage targets muscles beneath the superficial layers aiming to release deeper restrictions which we feel as stiff, knotted or painful areas so that nutrients and oxygen can flow freely, helping the muscles to return to a healthier balanced state.

What does it involve?

After warming your muscles with some Swedish massage strokes I use a range of techniques which include slow deep strokes, friction across muscle fibres and direct pressure. Some discomfort is common; however deep tissue work should never be so painful that you tense up; that just goes against what we’re trying to achieve! I work closely with you and aim for a pain rating of 3-4 out of 10 when applying direct pressure. That said, pain is not a requirement and some of the work is painless.

What next?

Your first appointment includes a 15-20 minute consultation for which there is no charge.
I need to learn about:

  • your medical history;
  • current health;
  • lifestyle;
  • goals you wish to achieve from your massage.

I  need to know if you have any condition that contraindicates massage or that might need your GP’s or another health professional’s permission to continue. I may have to avoid massaging areas affected by certain conditions.

You can ask me questions at any time during your appointments.