Our therapies

What defines our treatments is the quality we bring to the relationships with our clients and the quality of our touch. Each treatment is unique. The following categories are for guidance.


Deep Tissue massage

Our deep tissue massage gives your body the weight it needs to relax. If you’re achey from exercise or travelling, tense from work or looking for an all-over unwind this is the massage for you.
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Sports massage

Sports massage can assist in the prevention and management of sports injuries and repetitive strain injuries.
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Swedish body massage

A traditional body massage – whole body or choose the areas you need. Relaxing, rejuvenating, de-stressing or invigorating – say what you need.
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back massageBack massage

If your back is tired, aching, stiff and sore massage can help. Poor posture, mental tension and injury can make life unpleasant
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Holistic massage

When you need to look at the whole picture, our holistic massage puts you at the centre. We offer you trust and support to help you move forward we listen, understand and get a feel for what you need.
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Remedial Massage

Remedial massage is your choice when you know something isn’t right. We can help you understand what’s happening and get you on the road to recovery.
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Massage for Two

Share your massage experience by receiving your treatments in the same room at the same time. For couples or friends, perhaps a special occasion. Available only at The Practice Rooms, Bath. Please book in advance.


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Prices & booking

What people say

We use an intuitive approach to massage. Each session is individual – designed around your needs.

Our therapists

Lindsay Hughes MTI – massage therapist

I have been in private practice since graduating from Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork’s holistic massage diploma course in 2016. My interest and specialism is in Deep Tissue massage, the way it works and how I can use it to bring the most benefit to my clients.

Specialisms: deep tissue massage, sports massage, remedial massage


SoniaSonia Meadows MTI – massage therapist

I began my first steps in massage training with Nigel in 2013 before qualifying in Holistic Massage through the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork in 2014.

I undertook additional training focusing on specific aspects of the body and emotional processing giving me a wide range of skills and techniques to draw upon. I enjoyed working at major festivals and events.

I love that every client is completely unique with their own challenges and requirements informing their session. I enjoy the combination of working with my hands but also using my mind and intuition together with being present in the moment with the client providing the treatment they have asked for.  Working in massage is the most fulfilling thing I have ever done and has really opened up my world to many fantastic experiences and people.

Specialisms: holistic massage, deep tissue massage


Mel Phillips MTI – massage therapist

My approach is integrative, person-centred and bespoke – bringing together my range of skills as feels most agreeable for each client I meet – promoting relaxation and balance while seeking to address specific aches and pains where needed. 

I graduated from the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork in 2000 and have undertaken a series of further qualifications, including sports massage and reflexology. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with queries.

Specialisms: holistic massage, deep tissue massage


Giacomo Sandri MTI – massage therapist

I strongly believe that everyone is capable of obtaining optimal health and live a fulfilling happy life. My path as a therapist started in 2017 after graduating in Herbal Medicine at the University of Lincoln. I then became a First Aid Responder in August 2017 and obtained the diploma in Holistic Massage at the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork in 2018. My experience as a therapist comes from my home-based clinic and festivals and events in UK and Europe. During my career I realised how close the relationship between body and mind is and especially how the alteration of one has a strong consequence on the other. My approach to the client is therefore holistic and person-centred. I give lot of importance to the psycho-emotional dynamics and how they affect the body.

Specialisms: holistic massage, deep tissue massage


Tracey Tigwell SMA – massage therapist

My main area of interest is in sports-related injuries and in 2018 I graduated from the University of Bath gaining Level 4 in Sports Massage Therapy, becoming a member of the Sports Massage Association.

Despite its name, Sports Massage is for both sportspersons and non-sportspersons alike. My treatments work on improving the quality of the soft tissues within the body. The blood supply is increased, releasing tension, flushing through lactic acid and realigning scar tissue. I work to redress imbalances built up through training and everyday activities, allowing my patients greater freedom of movement and consequently, a better quality of life.

Specialisms: sports massage, remedial massage


Nigel Williams MTI – owner and massage therapist

For me, each session is unique. Everyone is different and their body changes from one session to another. I don’t know what will unfold during the course of a session, but I trust my intuition based on my connection with my client.

I think it’s important to really engage with people. My massage is at its best when I understand the individual and their needs. Einstein said “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask”.

I love teaching massage, and watching people gain the confidence to use it. I teach the principles that I use in my own work.

Mentoring students is also very rewarding. Supporting them on a personal journey which asks us to examine our values as well as learning how to work with individuals and their bodies.

Specialisms: holistic massage, deep tissue massage, remedial massage

I didn’t expect it to hurt there

Following lines of tension finds the areas that really need massage.

It’s quite common for people to feel pain at a specific point, but following investigation we often find that the painful spot is part of a wider band of tension. A typical example is lower back pain which can result in sharp, painful twinges often triggered by a particular movement. There’s probably tension down into the hips and up into the back.

In this case I explain that I’ll work at the point where the pain occurs, but also explore a wider area. What I want to do is uncover the whole chain of tension and work along that chain so that the whole problem is reduced. I’m using my sense of touch to check the condition of the tissues – muscles and tendons – and locate the tension. Healthy muscle is soft and flexible. Muscles which feel tough aren’t able to release properly. The associated tendons, which connect the muscle to bone, feel like taught ropes.

Once I massage into these areas clients can be surprised that they are tender, but welcome the relief. It’s taking the pressure off the painful area.

The pain is often due to muscle damage so I will work carefully in that area. Pain causes more tension and that’s counter productive. People know what feels right for them so I just ask.

Once the treatment is over the pain should be eased and the client feels more relaxed. We also have a better understanding of how their body is behaving. We might talk about possible causes and explore possible solutions such as stretches or movements they can do themselves or changes they can make to their environment or activity patterns to help.

One massage can often be a turning point and indicate the next step towards recovery.

Focus on… shoulder pain

The shoulder is complex. There is the movement of the shoulder itself plus the movement of the arm. It’s easy to confuse the two.

Shoulder movement
When you let your arm hang loosely you should be able to move your shoulder upwards, downwards, forwards and backwards. You should also be able to make forward and backward circles with your shoulders. When you let your shoulders drop you shouldn’t feel pain or tension in your neck or the top of the shoulder.

Shoulder movement is controlled by six muscles which attach to the shoulder blade and/or collar bone. If there is pain or restricted movement these are the places to check.

Arm movement
Holding the shoulder in a neutral position you should be able to move the arm in all directions and make full circles.

Muscular pain sometimes feels like it is in the shoulder joint when the cause lies in one of the muscles that connect across the joint. Particularly the group known as the rotator cuff that also hold the upper arm into the shoulder socket.

Other muscles such as pectoralis major (pecs) and latissimus dorsi (lats) are important in arm movement.

Treatment
Identifying the cause of the pain is important. In my work I’m dealing with problems which relate to muscles and tendons, which is probably the majority of shoulder problems.

I’m able to tell the state of muscles by touch and help my clients understand what they need. It could be massage, rest, gentle exercise, stretching or a combination of these.

See also Deep tissue massage

Massaging to the extremes

Two treatments this week seemed to reflect opposite ends of the spectrum.

The first was a woman who is having regular treatments to help ease mental and emotional stress that builds up in her body. On her first visit she was worried that the massage would make her feel painful afterwards. I was careful to make sure it didn’t. We’ve since built a deeper relationship. She is currently experiencing a number of symptoms related to hormonal changes. The massage is a bit more physical now, but with sensitivity.

In contrast I treated a man who comes periodically with accumulated muscle tension – knots and clunks in his shoulders and neck. I found myself using the most directed pressure I’ve ever used in a treatment. I had the majority of my body weight directed through my elbow into his shoulder. This type of treatment also requires sensitivity. It’s so important the person’s comfortable with the pressure and obviously needs to be applied in exactly the right spots. For him, it works and he leaves relaxed, looser and happier back to his family.

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