Massage Therapy in York

There are four massage therapists at York Clinic offering a number of different types of massage therapy : aromatherapy massage, deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage, sports massage, and Swedish or therapeutic massage. Each one is explained below.

If you know which you would like to have, please contact the clinic’s receptionists to make an appointment: 01904  709688,, or use our contact form. Will respond to you as quickly as possible.


Aromatherapy Massage

with  Christine Wilkinson

Aromatherapy is the use of therapeutic plant oils to strengthen and deepen the effects of a massage treatment. Please see our separate page on aromatherapy.

Deep Tissue Massage

with  Christine Wilkinson, Rachel Hemblade and Ben Elliot 

Deep Tissue Massage is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It uses slow strokes and deep firm pressure to release tight layers and contracted areas of muscle and tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body, restoring movement in the soft tissues. It alleviates pain, muscle spasm and stress from the problematic area, and helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue.

Pregnancy Massage

with Michaela Scott

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but preparing for the arrival of a baby can also be stressful and a woman’s body goes through many changes. Pregnancy massage can make you more comfortable and relaxed, and helps to prepare the body and mind for birth. Pregnancy massage can improve circulation, release compressed nerves, improve sluggish bowel movement, release tension in the neck and shoulders, help reduce stress and anxiety, relieve leg and back pain and improve sleep. Standard massage techniques are adapted to cater for the changes to your body. For example, you’ll lie on your side rather than your back or front, and your bump will be supported by pillows. You can have pregnancy massage at any time after your first scan, including after your due date.

For more information,  also see Michaela’s website:

Read her reviews here 

Sports Massage

with Ben Elliot and Rachel Hemblade

Sports Massage Therapy involves the use of deep massage, soft tissue manipulation techniques and exercise advice to address aches and pains caused by sport, injury or simply the stresses and strains of daily life. To benefit from a sports massage you do not need to be a sports performer. Whatever the cause, we have something to offer. Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons. The techniques used have been designed with the aim of providing effective and efficient results from each massage given. The reported benefits of Sports Massage include: improved circulation & lymphatic flow; assistance in the removal of metabolic waste; increase or decrease muscle tone; increase or decrease muscle length; remodel scar tissue when required; increased flexibility and range of movement; assist in mental preparation for sporting participation.

For more information, see Ben’s website.

Ben and Rachel are also acupuncturists. They can combine sports massage and acupuncture during your treatment, or offer one or the other alone. It is entirely up to you whether you wish to have acupuncture as well as massage; Ben or Rachel will discuss this with you at your initial consultation.

Swedish or Therapeutic Massage

with  Michaela Scott or Christine Wilkinson

Swedish or therapeutic massage can improve circulation, relax muscles, improve muscle tone, aid digestion and, by stimulating the lymphatic system, speed up the elimination of toxins. This enables the body to function more efficiently. These direct benefits, combined with the psychological benefits of relaxation, freedom from stress and a feeling of being cared for, produce a sense of well-being. Massage has the potential to complement other medical treatments and help maintain a positive state of health. Massages can be full body or upper body only. Please specify which you would like when you make the appointment.

For more information, see Michaela’s website


How do I know which type of massage I need?

If you are unsure which type of massage therapy you would like look through the pages for massage practitioners on this website, as each of them describes the way they practice and the clients they see or phone reception for further information.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact us on 01904 709688 or, or use our contact form. Will respond to you as quickly as possible.