Deep Tissue Massage / Therapeutic Massage

Each massage treatment is designed specifically for you and your individual needs. I don’t stop being an osteopath when providing deep tissue massage and always seek to identify the underlying causes of any discomfort, as well as treat the symptoms.

Deep tissue massage can be particularly helpful in reducing the effects of hard training as well as for chronic muscular tension.

Bands of rigid, painful tissue (often referred to as knots) form in the muscles, tendons and ligaments which can lead to restricted movement. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and improve movement. It can be uncomfortable at times but I always work very closely with you to ensure we stay within your own personal comfort range.

If you do not like the sound of a deep tissue massage and just want to unwind after work then I can also provide a therapeutic massage.

A medical history is taken before the first massage and revisited before subsequent treatments to ensure it is safe and appropriate to give a deep tissue or therapeutic massage.

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Massage Treatment Fees

The rate varies depending on your postcode, please see Appointments and Fees page. These prices are marginally above the local average prices but you do not have to travel anywhere and you also get to relax immediately afterwards in the comfort of your own home. Pay for five sessions in advance and get a sixth free.

Does treatment hurt?

Strong pressure is used during the massage so it can be uncomfortable at times. However I always work very closely with you find a tolerance level that works for you and combine therapeutic techniques as required.

What should I wear?

It is recommended that women bring shorts and either a sports bra or vest top. Men can wear either shorts or modest underwear. Towels are used to cover areas of the body that are not being treated.

Do I have to have a full body massage?

No, I can treat specific areas of the body as required such as lower body, upper body or just your neck and shoulders. Please call to discuss any specific requirements.

What are the benefits?

There are many and some of the key benefits are listed below:

  • Facilitates the healing process after injury
  • Helps to increase and maintain range of movement
  • Hastens return to training after an injury
  • Locates and reduces ‘trigger points’ (sometimes called knots) in the muscles

Are there any reasons why I should not have a deep tissue massage

Yes. There are contraindications to treatment but as an osteopath I am trained to recognise when it may not be safe for a massage. I will also ask for a signed copy of the medical questionnaire before commencing any massage.

Some of the contraindications to treatment are listed below:

  • Minimum of 72 hours before an event
  • Fever
  • Heart conditions
  • Infectious diseases
  • Infectious skin conditions
  • Fracture or open wounds
  • Cancer (without consent from your GP or Oncologist)
  • Varicose veins or diabetes with a vascular component
  • Recent surgery