Clinical Massage Therapy

Massage at Activate

Massage therapy, also referred to as deep tissue massage or sports massage, is a form of hands on treatment that involves the manipulation of soft tissue structures (e.g. muscle, tendon, fascia) for the immediate improvement of muscle pain and spasm.

You certainly don’t need to be a sports person to benefit from a sports massage. It is aimed to relieve muscle pain and tightness caused by the stress of training or even everyday life.

Our therapists are extremely experienced with a wide range of hands-on techniques and our massage therapy appointments may include a variety of additional treatments if deemed necessary, including Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM), percussive massage gun and suction cupping.

The benefits

Who Will Benefit From Clinical Massage?

 Dealing effectively with a variety of musculoskeletal problems, massage can be used to help in recovery, reducing symptoms in many ailments, and are used significantly as preventative treatment.

For athletes, pre and post event massage treatments and regular maintenance enhance sporting performance and expedite recovery, which is essential in keeping competitive and at the peak of performance.

Far from just being available to elite athletes, our services are applicable and ideal for anybody wishing to guard against or recover from soft tissue aches, pain or injury, which are encountered in modern day-to-day living and work environments.


Here at Activate, the massage services we offer are:

Orthopaedic Massage

Deep Remedial Massage

Myofascial Release

Clinical Sports Massage

don't just take our word...

Client Testimonials

SJ's wealth of experience and genuine passion for his job is his biggest asset, coupled with his ability to forge a relationship with a client on a professional and a personal level. He found a solution to my long-term lower back problems, not only by treating the symptoms but finding the root cause of the issue. It allowed me to continue my career as a professional rugby player with the Newcastle Falcons and I will always be grateful that our paths crossed.

Carlo Del Fava

BBC Sport, Former Italian International

After becoming injured earlier in the year I came to Activate Physio for help. SJ quickly isolated the issues and provided a programme of exercises to correct imbalances that had caused the problems. This enabled me to resume training quicker than expected with stronger and more efficient form. I would highly recommend Activate Physiotherapy to anyone in need of professional sports treatment.

Lucas Longman

Heaton Harriers

Having both coached Andy as an athlete & then worked alongside him as a colleague, I can't recommend his services and knowledge enough! He is a true professional and gentlemen to work with and always makes sure his service is of the highest standard. Having a team of international and Olympic athletes to cater for, I only use the best in the business and that is what you get with Andy!

John Trembley

USA Olympic Gold Medalist Coach

As an international and Olympic athlete I set my expectations very high when working with coaching and medical staff. I thoroughly recommend Andy Thirlwell to anyone looking to gain and edge in their sporting performance!

Barry Murphy

2012 Olympian, European Silver Medalist

I highly recommend Andy Thirlwell. His knowledge & expertise are world class. Working with Andy will take your sporting performance to the next level along with improving your over all health!

Ryk Neethling

2004 Olympic Gold Medalist & World Record Holder

SJ is a great Physio. I've known him for years, and can highly recommend him. Obviously passionate about his profession, he is hard working, conscientious, encouraging, and positive. If you want first-class treatment with a smile, SJ is your man.

Euan Murray

Former Scotland International