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Sports massage is a specific kind of massage therapy – one that involves manipulation of the layers of soft tissue through the body to enhance performance and mobility, ease chronic pain, aid sports injury recovery, and prevent future injuries.

Although sport and fitness might appear to be the focus of a sports massage, this kind of therapy considers much more than just your last gym session or sports injury. Sports massage techniques are designed to counteract the huge range of stresses we put our bodies through every day.

For office workers, these stresses may include the way you sit or hold your shoulders as you work – resulting in muscle soreness. For people who are taking part in personal training, these are the stresses that come when you physically push to go longer, harder, or heavier than you have before.

At Fitness Lab, our sports massage London therapists and performance coaches understand exactly how your body works – whatever you’re putting it through. Our unique combination of elite private facilities, expert team members, and client-first focus will result in a sports massage that transforms the way you feel and perform.

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Sports Massage vs Deep Tissue Massage

You could spend a long time looking at the differences between sports massages and deep tissue massages – but Fitness Lab’s client-focused way of working will save you a lot of reading.

Deep tissue massage therapy and sports massage are slightly different. Generally, a massage therapist carrying out a sports massage will focus on a specific issue or injury – whereas deep tissue massage will work more holistically, alleviating tension and stress throughout your body.

The question is, which one is right for you?

At Fitness Lab, our expert sports massage therapists will talk to you about you, your body, and how you use it.

You’re unique – there’s no one-size-fits-all massage solution that works for everyone; so whether you’re hoping to target a specific injury with a sports massage or aiming to just feel more comfortable with a deep tissue massage, we’ll make sure you leave with the results you were looking for.

Sports Massage: London Locations

Our sports massage clinics are just a short walk from Oxford Street in central London – extremely easy to access using underground and overground public transport links.

When you arrive, you can expect warm and friendly service from the full team – whether you’re greeted by one of our sports massage therapists or one of our personal trainers or coaches.

Having the full team on hand is almost always helpful – as we’re often available if you need advice about avoiding muscle soreness going forward. With decades of experience, we’re well placed to talk you through any changes you might need to make to help you avoid tight muscles or reduced mobility, whatever your level of daily exercise and fitness.

Will a Sports Massage Hurt?

A regular sports massage is often seen as a feat of endurance – a test of how much pain you can handle in an effort to ease muscle tension or fix a muscle injury.

The truth is, our sports massage London therapists aren’t here to make you suffer. Whether carriyng out a sports massage or deep tissue massage therapy, we always work below your unique pain threshold – and we constantly speak, listen, and respond to our clients.

A sports massage is intended to provide pain relief. As well as flushing built-up natural waste products from the muscle tissue, many trigger point techniques specifically target scar tissue and knotted muscle fibres to release tension and lift discomfort. There may be moments where sports massage therapy is a little sore – but we promise your muscles will feel the benefits!

What Kind of Sports Injuries Can Be Treated?

Sports massage therapy and deep tissue massage can be used to treat a huge range of injuries, including:

  • ‘Runner’s knee’ – and other repetitive strain injuries of the knee
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other central nervous system conditions
  • Plantar Fasciitis and other foot and lower leg injuries
  • Tendonitis and other strains and overuse injuries
  • Treating back pain and to relieve tension in other sore muscles

Of course – this is just a small selection from an almost endless list of conditions and sports-related injuries. From your neck down to your feet, sports massage treatment is a proven way to deliver lasting pain relief – especially when used in conjunction with ongoing training, strengthening, and conditioning.

What does a sports therapy treatment involve?

We’ve mentioned already that our sports massage London therapists work with the body’s soft tissue – but what does that actually mean?

Well, ‘soft tissue’ is really muscles, skin, ligaments, tendons, and ‘fascia’ – the sensitive connective tissue that surrounds most parts of your body. By applying pressure and a series of massage techniques, build-ups of light scar tissue and natural waste products (like excess lactic acid) can be broken down, helping muscle fibres to relax and work as intended.

If you’d like to hear about how we’d approach a specific issue or sports injury, we’re always happy to explain everything we do in as much detail as you require.

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Our Sports Massage Therapy Service is Unsurpassed in London

Enter ‘sports massage London’ into Google and you’ll have thousands of massage therapists to choose from. So what gives us the right to claim that we’re the very best?

We’re not just a sports and deep tissue massage service – we’re much more. When you come to Fitness Lab, you’re accessing a team of world-class coaches and therapy practitioners. Don’t worry; that doesn’t mean we expect you to take part in the next Olympic Games – it simply means that we’ve got the kind of wrap-around care and knowledge that is usually reserved for elite athletes.

What does that mean to you?

Well, it starts with our facilities. Whether you come to our Soho or Fitzrovia studios, you can expect the very best. Outstanding equipment, impeccable surroundings, and your own private space in which training and therapy sessions are carried out.

The best sports massage London facilities mean nothing without an experienced and knowledgable team though. This is another area in which we excel. Our sports massage London therapists are the very best – holding every qualification required to make each treatment count. Our sports massage service often involves other specialists too – movement and strength professionals who can help you consider changes to how you sit, stand, train, or work to keep you pain-free moving forward.

Everyone’s health, fitness, and overall well-being can benefit from sports massages – so you should make sure you’re in the very best hands.

Ready to Book? What happens Next?

The first step is always to get in touch with the friendly sports massage London team here at Fitness Lab. Send your details using our secure enquiry form and let us know the best way to contact you.

You’re welcome to send any questions you might have when you get in touch. We’ll aim to contact you as soon as possible to help you plan an initial appointment at one of our clinics.

On the day of your appointment, we’ll meet you, talk through any injuries or issues you’re hoping to work out with a sports or deep tissue massage, run through some important information, then get your treatment started!

Testimonials

A Word From Our Clients

Based on 139 reviews.
Fi Kim
Fi Kim
2022-06-28
Verified
Great, clean facilities and tailored programs that have helped me with my fitness and health goals. Everyone is very kind & supportive, which makes for the perfect environment to train in. My PT Matt has helped me build strength as well as aid with the recovery of longterm muscle injuries. Highly recommend Fitness Lab.
Peter Tsonchev
Peter Tsonchev
2022-06-24
Verified
tom graham
tom graham
2022-05-03
Verified
Brett and Soho Fitness Lab are quite simply the best PT team I have trained with. Professional, knowledgeable and fantastic at tailoring a very tough work out with adaptions for my various historical injuries. The results speak for themselves. I can't recommend them highly enough!
Simon Purton
Simon Purton
2022-04-13
Verified
Unbelievable professional in everything they do and it feels like the client is at the centre of everything with the strength and conditioned tailored specifically to goals and needs. Would recommend them to everyone
Darryl Samaraweera
Darryl Samaraweera
2022-02-24
Verified
I've been training with Olivia at Soho Fitness Lab since the beginning of December and the experience has been brilliant. As a newbie to working with a P/T I was nervous going into it, but from the first session I saw I had nothing to worry about. The space is unlike your usual gyms - it’s private and just the right size, and has a smart feel to it. It's a perfect spot for pre-work workouts if you are in or around Soho, or live there like I do. Never thought I'd be happy getting up at 6am to go to the gym but always look forward to it as I see the progress I am making!
Michael Ash
Michael Ash
2022-02-16
Verified
My experience with the FitnessLab team has been great. They listened to my ailments and put together an excellent program so that I can get on the road to recovery. Can’t recommend enough!
Sean S
Sean S
2022-02-15
Verified
I’ve recently started training with James after a bit of a hiatus with my fitness. He really gets where I’m coming from, as I’m working around old injuries. The sessions are a lot of fun and I feel great afterwards. He really know what he’s doing and I’m excited to be back on the right path.
Matt Black
Matt Black
2022-02-08
Verified
Going to miss this place! Rhys was a top trainer 👏 highly recommend for those looking to progress in succeeding and living a healthy lifestyle 💪
Elio Elia
Elio Elia
2021-11-01
Verified
I've found the team at Fitness Lab to be very professional, knowledgeable and flexible based on my capabilities and fitness goals. My PT, Rhys has been a great help in tailoring sessions and even adapting them whilst I had some sporting injuries. He has also taken the time outside of sessions to send tips on diet, demo videos of exercises to do at home and just generally communicate with me outside of the hourly sessions to keep me motivated, which is not something you normally get from past experiences elsewhere. I would highly recommend Fitness lab if you're serious about improving your fitness and/or have hit a brick wall with your 'run of the mill' PTs out there. It's well worth it in my opinion.
Max Lom-Bor
Max Lom-Bor
2021-10-15
Verified
Professional, knowledgeable and personal. I had a really brilliant trainer in Rhys who helped me achieve and even surpass my fitness goals while making the whole thing seem fun and manageable. No idea how. Class act, class gym 👍

Sports Massage: Frequently Asked Questions

We’re open from 6am-8pm Monday-Friday – then 8am-3pm Saturdays. We’re closed on Sundays. If there’s a specific time slot you’d like, we’ll do our very best to accommodate you.

Yes, there are a few conditions that mean you should avoid having a sports or deep tissue massage. They include blood and blood vessel disorders (high blood pressure, thrombosis, and others), some skin conditions, some types of diabetes, and cancer. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your condition if you’re not 100% sure.

We have a clinic in Soho and a clinic in Fitzrovia. We have world-class sports massage facilities at both our London locations.

Absolutely. The nature of our work means we take health and safety very seriously. An appointment is required, and we adhere strictly to government guidelines. Our staff all have regular temperature checks, and our hygiene and cleanliness levels are second-to-none.

Ideally, thin, loose-fitting shorts and a t-shirt. We appreciate that some people are more comfortable than others when it comes to taking layers off – but a sports bra or underwear that allows us to access the problem areas is fine.

There is little or no risk associated with any sports massage technique we use at Fitness Lab – by constantly speaking, listening, and getting feedback from you, we can make sure we never overdo the amount of pressure on your muscles.

Pain relief is the number one benefit – whether that’s easing of a specific injury or just releasing tension in your muscles for greater comfort as your go about life. Increased mobility is a close second though – many techniques release tight muscles and allow for a wider, more comfortable range of movement in daily life or your fitness routine.

No. We treat an equal amount of athletes and office workers! Sports and deep tissue massage can be used for a range of conditions and injuries – whether sports-related or simply relating to the physical stresses and strains of your daily routine.

A normal appointment in our clinic usually lasts for around one hour. There will be some consultation time included – but most of that hour will be treatment time, working on muscle tissues and any specific issues.

Of course. You’re welcome to call us on 020 3793 5520 or leave your details in our secure contact form. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you have or show you our facilities.

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