What is... a deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of remedial massage that focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue (fascia). This approach is extremely beneficial for areas of the body that are suffering from chronically tense and contracted muscles. These are typically:

  • lower back tightness
  • sore shoulders
  • stiff neck

The techniques are similar to those used in traditional massage but the movement is slower and the pressure applied is deeper and more concentrated.

How it works

Deep tissue massage is used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in affected muscles, ligaments and tendons. 

These adhesions cause a restriction of blood flow through the muscle, creating pain, inflammation and restrictions in movement. To achieve this, the therapist uses focused pressure and friction across the grain of the muscle to physically break down adhesions. Once broken down, pain will be relieved and the range of movement restored to normal.

Benefits of deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage treats, maintains and prevents the following conditions and syndromes:

  • chronic aches and pains, including back pain
  • poor and limited mobility and related postural problems
  • injuries (falls, domestic injuries, work injuries, whiplash)
  • muscle tension
  • repetitive strain injuries, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • the effects of fibromyalgia
  • the effects of osteoarthritis

Will a deep tissue massage hurt?

Every one of us perceives pain differently. What is totally unbearable for one is a breeze for another. This is something we deal with every day when talking clients through how pressure during deep tissue massages affects them.

All sports massage therapists differ in their approach and technique. Here at Fire & Earth we pride ourselves in offering treatments which work with the muscles and connective tissue rather than against them. We use deep tissue and myofascial techniques. This means we work slowly and deeply into the muscles aiming to get them to relax and release tension in a way which doesn’t bruise or damage them and causes as little discomfort as possible.

Of course, everyone is different and if you do prefer lots of pressure then we can adapt this for you. On occasions, a very deep pressure may be what is needed so each session is tailored accordingly to your individual needs. Deep pressure is necessary and may be painful where there is scar tissue as these areas are dense bound connective tissue created during the process of healing.

Whatever methods you prefer we want you to leave us feeling awesome. So if you are nervous at thought of potential pain or discomfort please don’t be, talk to your therapist and they will do what’s right for you at the time.

Treatment costs

Costs from £25 for 30 minutes, £40 for 60 minutes, and £60 for 90 minutes.

Experience it for yourself

Contact us to book your appointment, or use our online booking system.