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A deep tissue massage is a massage technique that targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using slow strokes and firm pressure. It is primarily used to address chronic muscle tension, pain, and stiffness, often caused by sports injuries, repetitive motions, or poor posture.

The benefits of having regular deep tissue massage sessions are:

  • Reduced Muscle Tension and Pain: Deep tissue massage helps break down adhesions and knots in muscles, relieving chronic pain and tension.

  • Improved Range of Motion: By loosening tight muscles and tissues, deep tissue massage can enhance your flexibility and range of motion in the joints.

  • Enhanced Circulation: The pressure applied during the massage can improve blood flow throughout your body, promoting healing and reducing inflammation.

  • Stress Relief: Deep tissue massage can promote relaxation by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals.

  • Improved Posture: Addressing muscle imbalances that contribute to poor posture can lead to better overall alignment.

Some of the bodywork therapists who offer deep tissue massage at Vitruvian Wellness include:

What to expect during your deep tissue massage:

  • Consultation: We will email you a consultation document prior to your session, please fill it out as thoroughly as possible. Before the massage begins, the therapist will discuss your medical history, areas of concern, and desired pressure level.

  • Positioning: You will be asked to disrobe to your comfort level and lie on a massage table. You will be covered with towels. The therapist will only expose the area being worked on at a time.

  • Warm-up: The session will usually start with lighter strokes using oil or lotion to warm up your muscles and prepare them for deeper work.

  • Deep Tissue Techniques: The therapist will then apply slow, firm pressure using their hands, elbows, and forearms to target specific muscle groups. Please communicate with your therapist throughout the session to ensure the pressure is tolerable. Don't forget to breathe with the strokes. This will allow your body to soften more deeply into the work.

  • Focus on Problem Areas: The therapist will spend more time working on your areas of concern, using techniques like direct pressure, stripping (long strokes applied with the forearms), and cross-fiber friction (strokes across the grain of the muscle fibers).

  • The Finish: The massage will gradually taper off with lighter strokes to encourage relaxation.

  • Aftercare: The therapist may recommend drinking plenty of water to help flush out toxins released during the massage. You may also experience some soreness following the massage, which is usually mild and temporary.


Please note that we require 24 business hours notice for appointment cancellation. If you give us notice within 24 business hours of your appointment time there will be a charge of 50% of the treatment cost. If you fail to turn up to your appointment without any notice there will be a charge of 100% of the treatment cost.


Card details will be required to secure all appointments.


78 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2BE, UK

020 7284 2898

1 HR


75 MIN


90 MIN


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