Deep Tissue Massage

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What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Soothing chronic aches and pains

Deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?

Deep tissue massage techniques are used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.

At the beginning of a deep tissue massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prepare the muscles. Specific techniques are then applied.

Common techniques include:

  • Stripping: Deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs.
  • Friction: Pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibers.

What are the benefits?

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls)
  • Postural problems
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Sciatica 
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Upper back or neck pain

Why us?


Award-winning, quality assured healthcare

Deep Tissue massages at The Medical are delivered by expert physiotherapists, sports injury therapists or specialist sports massage therapists.

Our team has worked with leading sports clubs, including Bristol and Leicester Rugby, to national teams such as Team GB Lacrosse and Team GB Ice Hockey. We have also worked at the London Marathon and the London 2012 Para-Olympic Games.

The Medical has been awarded the 'Clinic Management Quality Mark' and the 'Patient Practice Quality Mark' for clinical excellence and consistently exceeding our customers' expectations.

Exceptional Deep Tissue massage 7am to 9pm

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to book an appointment with our massage therapists.

The Medical’s healthcare centres are conveniently located across the UK, with good access to parking and public transport links.

We open from 7am to 9pm on weekdays, and also provide weekend appointments, so that you can be seen as soon as possible.

Real results, realistic prices

We believe in making the most of life. This means different things to each of us - gardening, cycling with your mates, playing for a local team or simply going for a run. But whatever puts a smile on your face, one thing is for sure - you'll need to be in good health to achieve them.

The Medical has been keeping people of all ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds active for over 35 years. We deliver over 10,000 treatments per month and have helped hundreds of thousands of people already.

We make sure that our treatments are affordable for everyone. Massages last either 30 minutes or one hour and prices range from £30 - £60. We also have concessions for students, under 18s, Pure Gym members and employees of our Corporate Partners.

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Massage service plan

What to expect from your massage service

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1. Identify needs

The initial objective is to identify what you would like to achieve from your treatment. Whatever your needs, the practitioner will take time to listen and understand these fully.

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2. Treatment in-line with needs

Once the practitioner has understood what you are looking to achieve, they will tailor the sports massage to suit your individual requirements.

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3. Discuss findings

During your massage the practitioner will identify any areas that need to be addressed. They will then discuss their findings with you at the end of the treatment.

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4. Treatment plan

Once your problem has been diagnosed, the practitioner will talk to you about the treatment options and a plan going forward designed to meet your specific needs.

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