Deep Tissue Massage

Most clients come for their first deep tissue massage when they are injured, feeling particularly achy or in pain and they get a great relief from the treatment. 

However, we at Zing Wellness we want to work with our clients on a self-care and maintenance programme so they embed massage into their life so they can maintain optimum posture and alignment, ward off aches, pains and tension before they escalate and help manage the stresses and strains of day to day life. 

Simply put, it’s much easier to prevent an injury than to treat an injury.  In the same way that we MOT our car or service our boiler we should maintain our bodies and we strongly believe regular massage combined with Pilates is a really effective way to do this.  Certainly, we notice that our bodies start to creak when we miss our weekly Pilates fix and monthly massage.

What Is Deep Tissue Massage?

Well, we have a blog answering this very question.

In summary, deep tissue massage, as the name suggests, is a massage therapy that gets to the deepest layers of muscles. Up until relatively recently, many people thought the only way to get to the deeper layer of muscles was through applying a lot of pressure.  Imagine someone putting as much pressure as they can on to your back, for example, and saying just breathe through it or relax. How relaxing is it? The answer is likely, ‘not very relaxing at all’. Pushing past the point of comfort for a very short time is usually not a problem however going past this point for a lengthy periods of time or repeatedly encourages the body to release the stress hormone cortisol. This does not produce the desired results. Deep tissue massage for pain relief does not mean you have to inflict pain on the client.

There is a better way. ‘Talking’ to the muscles may sound a bit ridiculous but connecting with the client’s muscles and feeling the level of elasticity that each muscle has and working to that level and not beyond, gives fantastic results. Of course, there will be tender spots here and there but these are few and far between. Also, each client is different and even one person can feel different responses at different times so by ‘talking’ to the muscles of each client it is possible to have a two way ‘communication’ to get the best and most effective results.

Having a greater understanding of how the body works, an open mind to new techniques and the ability to listen to both the client and their muscles means that deep tissue massage does not have to be an uncomfortable experience but instead can be very relaxing but most importantly it gets the results that the client has come to see me for.

Your Massage Sessions

Sessions are interchangeable with Pilates sessions held at the Zing Wellness Studio, Harpenden so you can mix and match as appropriate.

NOTE:  Due to the Corona virus all massage services are currently suspended.


80 Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2UT

Telephone: 07865 645 708

Buy a gift voucher for either a single massage or 1-2-1 Pilates classes or a block of 2, 3, 5 or 10 .

Cost: £60-500


Book 1 x 60 minute massage or 1-2-1 Pilates class at Zing Wellness Studio.


Cost: £60


Book 2 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £5. Valid for a year.

Cost: £115

Book 3 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £10. Valid for a year.

Cost: £170

Book 5 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £25. Valid for a year.

Cost: £275

Book 10 x 60 minute massages or 1-2-1 Pilates classes at Zing Wellness Studio and save £100. Valid for a year.

Cost: £500


How often will I need a deep tissue massage? 
Unlike remedial massage, deep tissue therapy may only be needed for one session or depending on your lifestyle a block of sessions.

Does deep tissue massage hurt? To get to the deeper layers of muscles requires greater pressure and occasionally you may feel a little discomfort. However, the skill of an experienced therapist means that you should not be in pain as there are many techniques which can be used to manipulate the deep layers of muscles without inducing pain.

Should I try and stay awake during my treatment? It is perfectly normal to fall asleep during your treatment. Most massage aims to relax you and reduce your tension and if you do fall asleep then I will have achieved that goal.

Will there be any side effects of the massage?  A small number of people  have flu like symptoms after their treatment as massage helps the body remove toxins. Also, occasionally some people feel lightheaded as they get up from the massage table but this passes very quickly. Often, dehydration is common as massage will help remove toxins from the body so it is very important to keep your levels of hydration up after the treatment.

 Our Expertise

I am a deep tissue and sports massage therapist with a level 4 diploma from Premier Global and a specialist interest in deep tissue and remedial therapy massage. Many clients have come to see me to help them relieve aches and pains that they may have. My massages have been called “powerful yet relaxing”. 

Over the years many clients have told me that they believe that if there is no pain then there will be no gain and especially when it comes to deep tissue massage. This is not my philosophy. Deep tissue massage is used to get to the deeper layers of the muscles and so pressure is necessary. However, the skill of the therapist is to find the level of pressure and elasticity of the muscles or group of muslces and work to that level. This way the muscles are not bruised or damaged by using too much pressure or equally no unnecessary discomfort is caused to the client. 

I have completed several courses of the last couple of years which have encouraged a light touch but still able to get fantastic results. It is this method that I think works best for the client as they not only find the massage relaxing but also the results speak for themselves. 


 Release tension in the body preventing back pain, neck pain and generalised musculoskeletal pain.

 Improve elasticity of the muscles and improves flexibility.

 Improve posture and alignment.

 Relax and enables your breath to move more freely.

 Massage releases feel good hormones and regulates stress hormones.

 Massage improves blood circulation, removes toxins from the body and promotes healing.

James provides a superb deep tissue massage. Really fortunate to have him nearby.

Luqman Ali

I had a deep tissue massage with James last week and it was absolutely perfect! I consider myself very picky with massages and can honestly say this one was one of the best I have ever had. I will definitely be back, and will look into purchasing a package. Thank you!

Nicole Rowihab

A really great deep tissue massage – just what I needed. Thank-you.

Joanna Lane

A great deep tissue massage on my injured hamstring by James in a peaceful environment

Garry Engleman

I went to James with a few queries about tension in my back and other areas and the want for a deep tissue massage, but came out feeling more relaxed and knowledgable then I would of known! A professional yet easy and comfortable experience where James helped pin point some areas which were causing discomfort and a slightly off posture. Very informative and more importantly I found James honest regarding his suggestions for me. The massage was fantastic and I felt thoroughly relaxed afterwards. Thanks James! Will be back again soon.

Isabelle Thorpe

I’ve suffered with back pain and headaches as a result of my work for years now. I booked a deep tissue massage and explained my issues with James who gave an incredible massage. My back has been so much better as a result. Thank you.

Carli Adams