Deep Tissue & Sports Massage


As its name suggests, deep tissue massage concentrates on the body’s deeper layers of muscle. Slow strokes and deep finger pressure across the grain of the muscles help to relieve chronic tension in the body, break down scar tissue and increase blood flow.


In many cases, a pain you feel in a joint actually originates in a muscle overlaying it; deep tissue massage works down to these inner levels to alleviate the discomfort and free up the joint.

Deep tissue massage isn’t all candles, soft music and scented oils: it’s a focused treatment designed to relieve specific symptoms and conditions. But that doesn’t mean you won’t also feel pleasantly relaxed afterwards!


Sports massage is similar to deep tissue massage but is geared as it might sound, to the muscle groups commonly associated with sport, for example running where calf and hamstring tightness builds up and can be released to avoid injury and retain peak health in the muscle tissues.

Down the ages, cultures around the world have used massage to ease muscular pain, boost energy levels, relieve specific symptoms or simply relax and experience a deep sense of well-being. The ‘Father of Medicine’ himself, Hippocrates, declared that: “The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing”.

Two thousand years on, massage has lost none of its allure or its potency. It has, however, evolved with our ever-greater knowledge and understanding of the body and mind. Today’s massage treatments combine scientific principles with timeless skills. And whether as a stand-alone treatment, or in conjunction with osteopathy and other therapies, massage still has the power to transform the way you feel.


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How can it help?


Deep tissue massage can help to ‘unstick’ congested muscles, relieving tightness and soreness particularly in those muscles that overlap joints. It can also be used to:

  • Improve muscle tone
  • Remodel scar tissue
  • Remove metabolic waste
  • Improve circulation and lymphatic flow
  • Calm or stimulate nerve endings
  • It can be beneficial for those recovering from accidents and injuries and is often recommended for sports injuries, where it may help muscles regain their strength and flexibility after a period of rest or immobilisation

If you have a specific condition you’d like to discuss, please contact us. Please be assured that all enquiries are dealt with in the strictest professional confidence.

View our Sports Injuries video…



What happens next?

Before your first consultation, you’ll have a FREE 15 minute consultation, in which your masseuse Makiko Wood or Di Hancock will review your case history, and assess your individual needs in order to prepare a personalised treatment plan. Please arrive for this session about 10 minutes ahead of time, as you’ll be asked to compete some medical forms first.

The length and frequency of your treatment sessions will be agreed with your therapist. What’s important is that you do what you feel is right for YOU.


Makiko Wood

Makiko Wood – Deep Tissue Masseur & Sports Massage. VTCT MFHT

Nikki Snelling

Nikki Snelling Deep Tissue Masseur & Sports Massage


Gemma Suntokeesing
Deep Tissue Masseur & Sports Massage


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