Deep Tissue Massage

A Deep Tissue Massage is a Deep & Restorative massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles & connective tissue.

Some massage strokes are the same as those used in a Classic Swedish Massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).

Where there is chronic muscle tension or injury there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limit movement and cause inflammation.

What to expect

Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.

To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.

The therapist may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows and forearms during a Deep Tissue Massage.

You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas. At certain points during the massage most people find there is some slight discomfort.

Please tell your massage therapist if anything hurts or is outside your comfort range.

There may be some stiffness or slight aching after a deep tissue massage which should subside after a day or so.

Your massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.


A Deep Tissue Massage can reduce anxiety and stress, help relaxation, aid sleep and promote a sense of well-being.

All types of massage can help relieve muscle strains or muscle tension.
Deep Tissue Massage

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As with all complementary therapies, we recommend you seek the advice of your GP or regular medical practitioner before committing yourself to significant treatments, especially those that are physically invasive.

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Mark Kiely

Mark Kiely