Clinical Massage & Soft Tissue Therapy


Over the past year, Chris, of Meridian Massage at YOU Massage, has been working very hard completing a degree level qualification in Soft Tissue Therapy from the London School of Sports Massage, accredited Level 5 by the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage

He is now feeling more equipped than ever before to help deliver a remedy to your issues offering one service to all his clients: Clinical Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy

What is Soft Tissue Therapy?

Soft tissue is an encompassing term that refers to tissues that connect, support, or surround other structures and organs of the body. Soft tissue includes all muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, fibrous tissues, fat, blood vessels, and synovial membranes (joints). To some extent bones are also considered soft tissues but not the main focus or specialism – if something is more structural an Osteopath or Chiropractor may also be needed.

What can I expect within a session?

Chances are that if you’ve seen Chris previously for Sports Massage, you will have most likely experienced a few of the advanced techniques he uses. However, if you have previously seen Chris for Deep Tissue Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage or Holistic Massage – not to worry – as Soft Tissue Therapy encompasses all these modalities within it and much more, so you can still experience a massage that you’ll love, only, it’s intention will be more remedial and managed in a more clinical fashion.

So much more than Massage

Soft Tissue Therapy is a specialism that treats clients with musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction caused by any of life’s stresses. Although sport can be a common factor with many clients, it’s far from being the main issue Chris deals with, as postural alignment can also play a large part in today’s fast paced desk job society.

Due to the ‘fix it’ clinical nature of this style of massage, there will be postural assessments, myoskeletal alignment, joint assessments, functional muscle testing built into a massage session.

Chris will assess-treat-and assess again, this is not necessarily a lay down and go to sleep, relaxing type of massage, often active movement is required on the client’s part as he will target the real source of dysfunction, including: Injury assessment and advanced treatment techniques.

After a treatment in the fullness of time, Chris will also demonstrate remedial exercise and provide advice to enhance recovery, prevent future injury, improve posture and functionality.

Currently, Chris has chosen to provide your stretches and remedial exercise via email when he gets to a computer at the end of the day, that way he can tailor and send a file to you with specific rehab instructions to follow before you next massage session. It will include with diagrams, photos, videos and explanations of the movements and stretches.

Once things settle down, Chris will introduce a clinically proven pain management, performance system called Physiokinetic – so watch out for that, it will be a game changer!


What post-Covid-19 changes can I expect to see at the clinic?

As with all heath practitioners in this post-covid-19 era, there is a need to manage the potential risk to clients and therapist whilst engaging in manual therapies, therefore government guidelines insist that treatment times be kept to a minimum.

Chris’s Clinical Massage & Soft Tissue Therapy sessions will be capped at 45mins, so to be compliant, as will all other therapies within the clinic.

The cost for sessions with Chris will be charged at £45 and should be pre-paid on booking to minimalise any unnecessary time waiting around in reception after your treatment.

If you usually have longer sessions with Chris, then simply please book more frequently as per his suggestion after treatment, rest assured you will always receive the same targeted, tailored care you always have and more besides as Soft Tissue Therapy also includes other modalities not previously offered and at no extra cost, including: Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation (IASTM), Dry Cupping, Hammer Therapy, Sports Taping and Dry Needling.

Chris also offers extensive holistic therapies such as expert Reflexology and pre and post op Lymphatic Drainage, these are also priced at £45 per session

Safety measures

Chris will be wearing PPE as current guidelines require. The treatment room will need to be kept sparse of soft furnishings and unnecessary objects, including the massage table (couch) that will need to have a waterproof cover and be sanitized between clients.

The use of towels//drapes will be kept to a minimum for now, and everything must be single use. Chris is often able to work through clothing, but It is advised that if you turn up in your suit or work clothes that you bring something to change into; small shorts/leggings or bikini for ladies is preferred and boxers/board shorts for men will be fine.

For a list of other clinic Covid-19 procedures and pre-screening info please see links:

It’s good to get back working again, and many thanks for patience and loyalty as we all muddle through this together.

As always feel free to contact Chris directly via his website: or Facebook: meridianmassagecouk to discuss any covid-19 related concerns or if you have a specific question regarding your massage session.


For any further queries or to book please visit our website:

Or call us on 02380 639 747


Thank you

Your Health and Safety Representative is Caroline Hibbs

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