Deep Tissue Massage

I passionately love my work. I’ve been a qualified massage therapist since 2006 working from home and in clinics, both in Stroud and Bristol. Before this I worked as a nurse for 11 years working in a variety of settings including a hospice.

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I specialise in deep tissue massage and in 2013 completed a one year training in “No Hands” massage which beautifully compliments my hands on work. This exciting new approach uses the soft part of the forearm with falling body weight to create profound, transformational release.(see

My massage treatments will bring you/ your body rest and recuperation reducing stress related symptoms and bringing you greater health and well-being. The way I work deeply addresses the physical body whilst also being highly attuned to the more subtle energies.  In my holistic treatments I incorporate deep tissue techniques alongside stretches, rocking and passive movements depending on the need of the individual.

I have successfully worked with chronic conditions including headaches, migraines, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia and lower back pain. Massage is also highly beneficial for difficult emotional states such as anxiety and depression. I use a unique combination of strength, gentleness and sensitivity. Deeply honouring both the physical and the spiritual dimension is integral to my approach both in work and life.

 I  spent 8 years working at the Cotswold Health Centre in Stroud, but now work both from home and at SoulSimple Retreat Centre, outside Nailsworth.

I  work as part of the Cotswold Spa team which involves working in diverse venues across the South West.

I also work for retreat groups at Hawkwood College, Stroud.

Cost for a one hour massage is £45. Some concessionary rate slots available for those on low incomes. One and a half and two hour sessions also available. A charge will be made if a cancellation made with less than 24 hours notice.

I have practised at the following retreats/events;; (2021) (2007)

For more information please contact Annabel on 07818240856 or


I appreciate the depth of understanding as well as touch in Annabel’s work. I find Annabel listens carefully to feedback from me, and my body, and her massages have helped release tension I hold physically and emotionally. Really beneficial! Emily

“ I went to Annabel for help with the after-effects of a frozen shoulder. I regained full movement in my neck, arm and shoulder (“upper body“) and cannot recommend her work highly enough. Annabel brings a stillness to her touch which I find deeply nourishing and healing.” Karen Hedley

Annabel gives intuitive and thorough massage.  As a massage therapist myself of 30 years I would recommend her. Sheree Drake.

“Thank you for a really lovely massage session – it was just what I needed, and was very sensitive and gentle too: I felt you were great at following feedback. It was therapeutic and pleasurable – yippee! You enabled me to drop into a deep sense of being at my centre. Wonderful”   Iona Fredenburgh

I’ve keep returning to Annabel for massages. She creates such a nurturing, relaxing experience tailored exactly to what you need at the time. Georgina Anstey

Annabel’s loving and sensitive touch and especially her hands-free approach, where she uses her whole body weight, supported me to  deeply connect with my body and return to feeling very grounded  and safe. During the massage, I gradually softened and relaxed into my being and was gently transported into divine bliss. I left feeling very nurtured and re-connected with my full energy. Thank you, Annabel for this wonderful gift!  Judith Puckmayr

A treatment with Annabel is awesome for my mind, body, soul and spirit. Having a good chat with her about where I’m at mentally and physically is so helpful. I always feel rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed after her massage. Zoe from Stroud

“When I visit Annabel for a massage I feel in safe hands; she creates a space where both my body and mind can drop into a state of deep relaxation. Her treatments are an absolute lifesaver to counteract the effects of computer based work; yet are also a wonderful way to maintain a sense of well-being.” – Lucy Chan

I first saw Annabel when I was in a bad way and she provided holistic, full body work which helped my full recovery. I feel in safe hands and her calmness transfers into all her treatments. I feel relaxed and supported to keep fit for work and yoga. Chloe.