Holistic and massage at Therapies at The Hatfield Practice, Hertfordshire are drug-free, safe and suitable for almost anyone, whatever their age and condition. The Holistic idea is about focusing on the whole person and not just the symptoms, Hatfield holistic therapies aim to bring balance to the whole body. For example, if you suffer from headaches, we would look for the root cause to identify if it is stress-related, hormone-related or perhaps due to neck strain, and then offer an appropriate treatment plan often including massage therapies.

The treatments at The Welwyn and Hatfield Practice, which includes PhysiotherapyOsteopathyAcupunctureMassage & HolisticFertility Success & Acupuncture and Professional Sports Clinic are second to none. For advice, you can contact Ian Norman (Head Osteopath & Practice Director) or Dora Hotzi (Physiotherapist and Osteopath) prior to booking any Physio or osteopathy treatment. Our Acupuncturist and Massage therapists are also able to give clear advice. We specialise in Acupuncture for pain relief, sciatica, arthritis, back pain, fertility/infertility problems for men and women.

Your consultation will be an opportunity to discuss your particular problem, gain insight and we can decide if we can help you or more importantly who can. 

A recent survey of patients

A recent audit of physiotherapy patients treated at The Welwyn Garden City & Hatfield Practice showed that over 90% of our patients showed a considerable improvement in their symptoms after three PhysiotherapyOsteopathy orAcupuncture treatments.

Other treatments that complement your recovery include Massage TherapiesMassage Chinese CuppingHolistic TherapiesDeep MassageHolistic Massage, Deep Soft Tissue Massage,  Lymphatic MassageAromatherapy MassageIndian Head MassageHot Stone Massage, Reiki HealingHomeopathy & Reflexology. We also provide Deep Tissue Sports Massage & Injury Sports Massage.

Hatfield massage and Holistic health is actually an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It highlights the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. In holistic health, people want to achieve not just balance of mind, body and spirit but the maximum functioning of all three parts. If one part is not working then this will affect the other parts. For example, the stress a person feels about moving house may result in stomach problems whilst someone grieving over a long time may develop high blood pressure or insomnia.

Holistic health isn’t just about not being physically unwell; it’s a lifelong process of balancing the body for optimum well being. People accept responsibility for their own well being and understand that their own everyday choices will shape their own health. Lifestyle choices will determine a large number of illnesses. These lifestyle choices include smoking, diet and alcohol, negative thinking and lack of exercise.

Many people turn to holistic healing if they do not see total results from conventional medicine but also many use holistic health as a complement to conventional medicine. Others use it even when they are not physically unwell, but to feel even better than they currently do. Complementary medicine can be used by itself or alongside conventional medicine, but it should not be treated as an excuse to not visit the doctor.


Most people who have not had a sports massage before will start with this type of massage. It includes the full body and is a lighter form of neuromuscular deep tissue massage penetrating just the top layer of your muscles. It is probably the most common form of massage. Its main goal is to aid your relaxation and improve your circulation.

The therapist applies oil to your skin and uses flowing strokes and kneading movements to relieve tension in your muscles. The treatment incorporates light and deep movements, allowing your mind and body to unwind through the release of tension from your muscles, also stimulating your body’s circulatory systems. Long-term benefits can include an overall feeling of well-being and increased confidence. It may also help to improve your muscle tone and the appearance of your skin.


These forms of massage refer to styles of treatment that employ a variety of Deep Tissue manipulation techniques to aid injury recovery. These styles get down into the muscles that are under the top layer of your skin. They tend to be deeper, slower, and more muscle specific. There are forms of massage that can help remedy specific acute and chronic conditions such as frozen shoulder, neck pain, migraine and sciatica. This type of massage is more vigorous and uses various movement strokes to loosen your muscles. It helps break patterns of tension, chronic pain, including inflammation-related pain such as tendonitis, and improves range of motion.


Sports Massage therapy is a form of deep soft tissue manipulation that uses several specific techniques to treat physically active individuals, anyone involved in heavy-duty physical activities and sports performance who may be more vulnerable to injury because of the stresses placed on their body by exertion. Sports massage can relieve niggling aches and pains before they develop more serious overuse injuries. It can also be great for post-event relaxation and recovery and help to relieve stress, tension, and fatigue. Sports massage is generally used to provide rehabilitation from soft tissue injury, to maintain muscular conditioning and joint flexibility for competition, in order to maximise athletic potential. In addition, it eases the effects caused by severe exercise such as myofascial shortening i.e. restrictions in your body’s contractile (muscle) and non-contractile supportive (fascia) connective tissues. Therefore it can help keep your body flexible, aid your performance, and assist you in rehabilitation from injuries.

Sports massage can be used to help you prepare for the physical activity, assist in the prevention of injuries, and aid in your recovery from physical exertion after competition or training. Although, as its name implies, Sports massage is a form more geared towards the athlete, it is equally effective in dealing with the problems caused by heavy work and the stresses of everyday living.

Deep Soft Tissue Massage

When a professional athlete tears a muscle or similar, it makes the news. But anyone who plays a sport or is involved in hard physical effort can be injured and the most vulnerable are children and adolescents, middle-aged athletes and women. More and more sports and fitness enthusiasts include massage as a part of their conditioning programmes. Deep Tissue Massage is not just for the professional athlete or the person who is training for the Olympics. It is for everyone and needs to be looked at as a health benefit and not a luxury. People just like you and me are including deep tissue massage as part of their regular healthy living programmes. Almost anyone can benefit from treatment, athlete or not. Whenever you exercise or exert yourself heavily, small amounts of swelling occur in the muscle because of tiny tears. Therefore massage, after the event, will help reduce the swelling, loosen tired, stiff muscles, help maintain flexibility, promote circulation and more oxygen to the muscle, and help to remove the waste products of energy generation. The deep neuromuscular massage will help speed up recovery time and alleviate any soreness. Below are descriptions of the more common forms of deep tissue massage. Athletes from most sports use deep tissue massage Sports variant as part of their training programme, before and after the competition and tailored specifically for that person and their sport. In fact, a number of athletes have attributed Sports Massage as a primary reason for their performances and longevity. For the athlete, massage can help improve performance, increase endurance, and help lower fatigue levels. By reducing fatigue, athletes can train better with longer and more effective workouts. When you choose to receive massage between your workouts, there is a high increase in your recovery time.


Commonly known benefits include relaxation, improved circulation and relief of muscle tension. Fitness enthusiasts/athletes will find that these forms of deep tissue massage help to improve their flexibility; muscles tend not to be as sore and stiff; it helps in their recovery time and reduces the anxiety of athletic competition. Conditions, which in general respond well to deep tissue techniques are muscle pain and stiffness, strains, sprains, repetitive strain injuries, sore spots and muscle tension. It should be noted that even though these forms of massage will help certain injuries to heal you should also seek medical advice, as some injuries may need to be immobilised. Deep Tissue Massage is safe and effective, and if performed correctly should have few side effects. your GP. Holistic therapy does not diagnose and a consultation should not take the place of medical advice from a doctor.