There are six types of massage available at York Clinic. This blog introduces each one and explains to how to decide which is right for you.

Aromatherapy Massage uses therapeutic plant oils to strengthen and deepen the effects of a massage. It is often used for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia. However, aromatherapy can help with a wide range of health issues. It is an excellent way of maintaining health and preventing the imbalances which give rise to illness.

Deep Tissue Massage uses slow strokes and firm pressure to release tightness in the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It releases chronic patterns of tension in the body, restoring movement and alleviating pain and muscle spasms. It can also break up and eliminate scar tissue.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic and flowing massage that stimulates the lymphatic vessels and immune system to cleanse, relax and relieve pain. It is both preventative and remedial and can be applied to a wide range of physical conditions.

PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® Massage is a gentle form of massage therapy. A DEEP OSCILLATION® massage machine is used to reach tissue up to 8cm below the skin, without needing to apply the level of pressure normally experienced in a deep tissue massage. It is particularly effective in treating recent and painful injuries that are sensitive to touch. It is likewise appropriate for elderly people and others with delicate skin.

Pregnancy Massage can make you more comfortable and helps to prepare the body for birth. It can improve circulation and sluggish bowel movement, release tension and compressed nerves, reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain and improve sleep. You can have a pregnancy massage at any time after your first scan, including after your due date.

Sports Massage involves the use of deep massage, soft tissue manipulation and exercise advice to address aches and pains caused by sport, injury or the stresses and strains of daily life. It can improve circulation and lymphatic flow, increase or decrease muscle tone and length, remodel scar tissue, increase flexibility, and prepare the body for a sporting event. Sports massage can be combined with acupuncture.

Swedish or Therapeutic Massage is about relaxing the whole body. It enables the body to function more efficiently by improving circulation, relaxing muscles, aiding digestion and, by stimulating the lymphatic system, speeding up the elimination of toxins.


How do I know which type of massage I need?

If you are unsure which type of massage you need or would like some more information, there are two options.

1)    Contact York Clinic’s on 01904 709688 or

2)    Have a look at the Massage Therapy page on our website. It includes links to individual practitioners’ pages, which describe what and whom they treat.



To book an appointment at the York Clinic, please contact us on 01904 709688. Reception is open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at or use our contact form. We will respond to you as quickly as possible.