Deep tissue massage is a very deep, powerful massage treatment that integrates neuromuscular, myofascial and trigger point release in a unique and effective way.
It’s a type of massage therapy that uses 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.
While some of the strokes may feel the same as those used in Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage isn’t the same as having a regular massage with deep pressure.
It’s 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 the massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prep the muscles. Specific techniques are then applied.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
According to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine, and over-the-counter drugs
Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice an improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.
At certain points during the massage, you may feel some discomfort or even some pain as the massage therapist works on areas where there are adhesions or scar tissue.
You should always tell your massage therapist if you feel pain during the massage. The therapist can adjust the technique or further prep the tissues if the superficial muscles are tense.
Thai massage is an ancient form of healing that combines the concepts of Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.
Practised fully clothed on a floor mat, your whole body is gently moved, pulled and stretched in rhythm. Tight muscles, shoulder, low back, hip and knee problems can be addressed as can issues affecting internal organs.
Thai Massage is a form of body work which is practised fully clothed on a floor mat and is very different from what we in the west usually recognise as massage. The practitioner uses his feet, hands, thumbs, knees, elbows and whole body to gently move, pull, stretch and work the energy lines of the body. As tight muscles, shoulder, low back, hip and knee problems can be addressed, so too can issues affecting internal organs. Freeing ourselves from tensions generally alleviates stress, brings calmness and allows us to focus our energy on what matters to us rather than maintaining the tension.
The effects of massage are cumulative and its benefits are enhanced session after session. Practised regularly, Thai Massage helps us improve our wellbeing and maintain our body health and vibrancy. Thai Massage is relaxing and at the same time invigorating; it is beneficial to men and women alike from infancy upwards. It can be practised by a qualified practitioner on pregnant women throughout pregnancy; please inform your therapist prior to the massage.
Dancers, body workers, yoga practitioners and sports people often seek this type of massage as it allows them to relax after a session but also to increase flexibility, improve proprioception, address injuries or localised tightness and pain but also as a tool to further develop their skills and their relationship with their body.
In my practice in Greenwich (SE10) and near Blackheath (SE3) in south east London, I incorporate the Buddhist attention to centeredness, the alignment and dynamic stretching of Hatha yoga and manipulation of the Sen, the Thai energy line system. I use my hands, feet, arms, and legs to gently guide your body into various yoga postures while remaining focused and centered.
This gives you both a physical and an energetic massage aimed at improving circulation, relieve muscular tension and spasm, boost metabolism and improve the immune system whilst balancing the body energetically and inducing a calm mental state.
Craniosacral therapy is practised fully clothed on a massage table or on a mat on the floor. It originates from osteopathy which means that we understand and view the body in a similar way.
The difference is that craniosacral therapy does not involve manipulations and in its gentleness lies its strength: it has the potential to free your inherent body intelligence for self-healing. It is a very effective complementary therapy for addressing both physical and emotional issues.
My training allows me to work with both adults and children. I also specialise in treating babies and children using a pre and perinatal psychology approach.
This is a deep, powerful massage treatment with essential oils, that addresses aches, pains, muscle tension, postural problems and aids relaxation.
A harmonious blend of stretches, acupressure and tissue manipulations, drawn from Thai Traditional Medicine, practiced fully clothed on a floor mat.
I am the founder of In The Breathing Space and have been practising as a therapist for 16 years.
I have worked for 10 years in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist, and 6 years as a Complementary Therapist.
I have expertise in helping people who suffer from muscle tension, back and neck pain.
Tailored treatments for your physical and emotional needs. Anxiety and low mood is eased after my treatments.
I’m an Aromatherapist and use selected organic essential oils for the deep tissue massages.
Qualified and insured for providing a professional massage service.
“Daniel is an experienced and caring therapist. The massage was tailored to my needs and the pace and pressure requested was maintained, so it all exceeded my expectations. The choice of essential oils was careful and appropriate, and I felt really relaxed and refreshed afterwards. The room temperature, music and general atmosphere was lovely and peaceful. I have monthly treatments at this place with the same therapist, and always found them excellent and good value for money.”
“Great massage. Daniel was very friendly and made sure I feel safe and comfortable. Will most definitely book again and would recommend to anyone else.”
“I sought Craniosacral therapy to ease knee pain after surgery, and found that the gentle method that Daniel uses provided almost instant and certainly lasting relief. This was in no small part due to the safe and welcoming atmosphere provided and the time spent discussing the problem and the treatment. I would unconditionally recommend this therapy.”
“Daniel is extremely professional and uses an incredibly relaxing technique. He is also very holistic in his approach to massage therapy.”
“I had an amazing deep tissue massage with aromatherapy oils specifically chosen for me. I was very stressed and tensed and had shoulder pain. After just one session my shoulder pain was almost gone, tension in the back and shoulders was gone too. Even more, that feeling of relaxation and lightness carried on for several days. I had never experienced that with other masseurs. I booked another 4 sessions and can’t wait to have a massage with Daniel again.”