Sports Massage

Sports Massage Sheffield

A sports massage in Sheffield and deep tissue massage can help relieve any tension. Because of this, your muscles will feel looser, which can help reduce the risk of any future injuries. 

We have proudly assembled an in-house team of sports massage and deep tissue massage specialists. Our team are vastly experienced in applying the latest learnings and techniques to assist in the rehabilitation of injury, improving sporting performance, and improving your general functional wellbeing.

Reflecting such expertise, we were recent winners of the Northern Sports Injury Clinic of the Year Award for 2019.

To book your Sports Massage Sheffield, please call the clinic or use the form below. We look forward to meeting and working with you soon.

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Opening Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 8am-5:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Massage Packages

Diamond Package

Never forget to book in your regular massage again. The best option to really look after your health & wellness. Regular slot and we book for you!

Platinum Package

6 x 1-hour massage

Booked at your leisure at a time that suits you. This package is perfect to help during periods of strain or to use throughout the year when you need it.


3 x 1 hour massages

Our most basic package is perfect during a time of strain. Book them as close together or far apart as you need.

Contact us on 0114 327 2080 or to purchase a package.

Sports Massage FAQs

What is a sports massage?

A sports massage is area-specific, focussing on larger and older knots that have built up over longer periods of time due to high training volume, trauma, muscle imbalance or poor biomechanics. The objective with a sports massage is either to aid the recovery from injury, the prevention of injury, or to assist performance through helping boost power production and the range of motion.

What are the main treatment aims of our sports massage?

From pounding the streets of Sheffield training for this year’s half marathon, to sitting at your desk at work each day, we all undertake activity that over time has a detrimental impact on our bodies.

Sports massage therapy is an excellent form of treatment to correct the imbalances in soft tissue, which generally arise from such repetitive activity. Not only this, sports massage and deep tissue massage are also an excellent form of treatment for any of those unfortunate sports-related injuries. This may be it a nasty tackle, a nasty fall, or some other sort of impact preventing you from being on top of your game.

The main aims of sports massages are to increase blood flow, reduce muscle tension and tightness, increase joint range of movement, aid in muscular recovery and adaptation.

Please call the clinic or use the form below to book your sports massage in Sheffield. We look forward to meeting and working with you soon.

How does sports massage differ from other types of massage?

The primary difference is that sports massage focuses on obtaining maximum physical function, instead of obtaining maximum relaxation, which most non-sports massage sessions’ primary aim is.

A sports massage differs from what is typically called a deep tissue massage. A sports massage is more area-specific, focussing on larger and older knots that have built up over longer periods of time due to high training volume, trauma, muscle imbalance or poor biomechanics. 

Although considered two slightly different therapeutic approaches, the strokes and techniques used during a deep tissue and a sports massage are fairly similar, with the use of circular movements, kneading, tapping and vibrations being consistent across both.

Should you request a deep tissue or sports massage?

If, after reading the above, you still feel unsure about whether you require a deep tissue or sports massage, then do not worry. All of our deep tissue and sports massage appointments start with a discussion around the pain or discomfort you’re currently experiencing, your current levels of exercise and activity, and your future health-related goals and ambitions. These appointments are then followed by an initial assessment of areas affected.

From this starting point, our highly experienced physiotherapists and massage therapists in Sheffield are able to determine the best course of action to undertake, which we will talk you through in plenty of detail.

Do sports massages have to hurt to be effective?

Not at all. Many of our clients report how relaxing their sports massage sessions are. If the thought of a sports massage being painful is putting you off, do not worry. If your previous sports massages have all been painful with no relaxing element interspersed throughout, the therapist woke up on the wrong side of bed that morning!

However, sports massage entails a range of techniques, some of which can be uncomfortable, but not painful. These include the use of deep transverse frictions, as well as the use of trigger point therapy. Don’t worry, though, communication will be maintained throughout the sports massage and intensity adjusted to suit your preference.

What to expect during your massage treatment?

Treatment will begin with lighter palpations of the area to uncover areas of tension. Once found, your therapist will then gradually begin to work deeper into the tissue. Don’t worry, though, communication will be maintained throughout and intensity adjusted to suit your preference and ensure that you’re comfortable.

On conclusion of the massage, your therapist will likely give you advice on any further treatment or stretches that may help in the interim, as well as ensure you have plenty of water to drink to flush out those toxins.

Just so you’re aware, you are more than welcome to bring a friend or family member along to your treatment, and please do let us know if you’d rather be seen by a same sex therapist.

Do you have to be athletic to benefit from a sports massage?

Both sporting and non-sporting individuals have regular sports massage therapy due to the vast array of benefits it has for the human body. For the sporting population, sports massage aids with performance enhancement, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. For the non-sporting population, sports massage is beneficial for reducing musculoskeletal injuries due to occupation and/or posture. This may include lower back pain or reducing muscle tightness in the upper back and neck due to long periods of time sat in an office chair.

What should you wear for our sports massage therapy?

To reach the full benefits from a sports massage, our therapists need to be able to see the muscles we’re targeting throughout the treatment. If you are to wear something, please make sure it can be easily removed or adjusted, and it’s thin or fits loosely. Our team is here to make sure you feel at ease throughout the sports massage.

How often should you have a sports massage?

This depends on your lifestyle. For individuals that do sport and training regularly, a sports massage is recommended at least once a week. Otherwise, we advise on visiting our Sheffield clinic every two to four weeks. During your first consultation, our qualified therapists will ensure you receive treatment that’ll reach its full potential according to your specific lifestyle.


Sports Massage Therapy Testimonials

“I came to Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness with a calf strain (severe!). The massage is massively helpful, personalised and has resolved my problem. The massage had brilliant immediate effects – feeling loser, more relaxed and after a few days my injury recovered greatly. The therapist provided good advice on stretching, running technique and self-management.”

“Love going to Katie Bell’s… feel instantly relaxed as soon as I walk in the door! I have regular deep, sports massages with Dilly who is amazing and very knowledgeable even though she has evil fingers!! I always feel better when I leave having had some time out for me and my aching body.”

“I can not rate this place highly enough!!! I have been for physio, Pilates & massage. The professionals who work there are knowledgeable, enthusiastic & generally brilliant! The admin team are really welcoming and helpful. I have recommended the place to various friends and family and all have had really positive experiences & got the results they wanted. Fabulous place & team! Top marks!”

Google Review Rating: 4.9

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