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Gidea Park, Romford, Essex

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Gidea Park  near Romford,Hornchurch,Rainham


01708 747991

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Deep Tissue Massage


1 hour treatments

£60 per single hour

£170 course of 3 treatments.

1 ½ hour treatments

£90 per single treatment

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£120 per two hours

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What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is similar to sports massage.  It is a method of massaging that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. This kind of massage aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through firm and slow strokes and deep pressure on the tighter areas, either going across or following the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

On what what part of me can I have this treatment?

Pretty much any area of your body. A lot of people use it to ease shoulder pain or neck pain whilst having a back massage, but it can be used on legs, arms and so on.

It may help help with the following issues:

Chronic muscle pain




Repetitive strain injuries e.g. Carpal tunnel syndrome

Break down scar tissue

Sore spots

Muscle tension and spasm

Limited mobility

Postural problems

Back pain

Recovery from injuries



Sports injury

Pain from osteoarthritis


Inflammatory pain e.g. tendinitis

Stress relief and stress-related conditions

Headaches and migraines

More information on back pain

More information on neck pain

What is the purpose of this massage?

The purpose is to "unstick" the fibres of a muscle using deep pressure.  This allows your muscles to reform correctly restoring natural balance to your body which helps to remove toxins as your body is operating more effectively again. All this whilst relaxing and soothing your muscles. It is both therapeutic and corrective.

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What is the difference between a sports massage and deep tissue?

Both massages work in similar ways in that they work injuries by using deep

pressure to break muscles down so that they can reform in a corrective

state. However, a sports massage usually only works the problem area. A deep

tissue massage works everything around the area meaning that muscles either

side that have been pulled out of alignment by your sports injury or even

just sports activity will also be corrected. We think this leads to a

better end results.

Is sports massage the same as deep tissue ?

There are slight differences as we’ve noted above, but a sports

massage incorporates

deep massage strokes during your session, so other than increased benefits,

there is negligible differences.

Should I have a sports massage after  a workout  ?

Yes it is a great idea. We all know we should stretch after exercise. This

is taking it one step further and particularly if you have done an

intensive programme of exercise a marathon or triathlon. If you’re

interested in this, have a look at our triathlon massage page.

Sorts massage any more painful than deep tissue?

No, both use deep massage strokes to break down your muscles and thus

injuries. The combination of working an area that is tender with deep

strokes can mean that it is painful, but this will only last a few days.

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I’m not sure if this is the right one for me?

That’s OK. You’re not tied in to a specific form of massage. Our therapist is trained in all types of massage and will actually recommend which types are best for your needs. You can book an hour or more with us and we’ll tailor your programme to your needs within your allocated appointment time.

I’d like a full body massage is this possible?

Yes it is, but if you need a full body then you need to book a 2 hour appointment. The process of a deep tissue massage means that we have to warm up your muscles before we can work them deeply. This means that it takes time. 1 hour is suitable for an area such as a back massage which will work on neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain. Depending on how bad you are, you could get your legs included if you have a 1.5 hour appointment.

Is there a consultation process?

Yes. If you have access to internet, we’ll send you a consultation form via email to complete before you come along for your massage sessions. Thus you will be able to detail any conditions you have such as aches, pains, allergies etc. This form will remain strictly confidential between you and your therapist. You will need to sign the form to confirm that you are happy to go ahead with the treatment.

When you arrive we’ll chat through your consultation form to fully understand what you would like to get out of your course of massage and define any areas that will need additional treatment.

Where will I be treated?

Your massage sessions will be conducted in a calm, comfortable treatment room with soft lighting.

After your consultation, your therapist will show you to your treatment room where you will undress to your lower underwear whilst the therapist is out of the room. You will then lie on the bed, cover yourself with some towels & when you call to say you are ready, your therapist re-enter the treatment room.

Who will treat me?

Generally Charlton will be your massage therapist.  Check out our reviews page to see customers say about him.

What will happen during the treatment?

Your body will be covered at all times with towels, with the exception of the area you are having worked  of course! Your modesty will be maintained at all times throughout your massage treatment.

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

First of all make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, he will either ask you to move as necessary or move you. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. A deep tissue massage is not particularly relaxing as it's aimed to correct tissue damage - therefore you may feel some interim pain during your treatment. If this is unbearable, please do not hesitate to let your therapist know and he will adapt your treatment.

The process of freeing muscles during a deep tissue massage means that toxins that were blocked by the bulk of your tight muscles are now floating around.  As your body sends energy to eradicate this influx of toxins, it gains this energy by cutting back on other unnecessary things such as temperature control.  You may therefore feel the cold more than normal so please say if you start to feel chilly. Please also say if the pressure is too heavy or light.  Everyone is different.

How will I feel after ?

You may feel relaxed or tired after your massage, or even emotional. Yet most people usually feel full of energy and rejuvenated. You may experience some pains and aches for around 24 hours after your session as your body flushes out toxins released. In order to speed this process along, drink lots of water after your massage.

How often will I need a deep tissue massage?

Most likely 2 or 3 treatments will be sufficient to achieve a longer lasting relief from most conditions. However, this will be dependent on your problem & your lifestyle and some people may require further treatments. We do encourage you to return occasionally for maintenance treatments.

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Why would I not be able to have a massage?

Few conditions mean massage isn’t ideal for you.  In this instance there are number of other therapies such as spinal reflexology that would be more suitable and we can help you to make the best choice.

The following conditions would not be suitable:

Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds

Immediately after surgery

Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor

If you susceptible to blood clots as the clots risk being displaced. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor beforehand.

Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage.

If you have a bruise, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures the massage will work around these areas.

Please Note:  Deep tissue massage is a totally safe treatment complementary to other therapies (it does not replace medical treatment).If you have doubts, please speak to your GP before coming along.

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