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Soft Tissue Therapy

Massage Therapy available at the Senior School one Wednesday a month during term time.

Nikola Thomson   B.Ed Hons PE, ISRM

Soft Tissue Practioner

Nikola uses a combination of remedial massage, myofascial release and postural assessment to attempt to treat injuries at their source, not just the symptoms.

Pain can be relentless and debilitating and commonly stems from a combination of lack of mobility, stiffness, injury, tiredness and emotional upset.

People often experience intermittent pain for many months or years which, despite treatment and specialist assessments, no cause or diagnosis are found. Skilled soft tissue therapists use a unique hands on approach to feel what is going on in your body and identify tight and tender areas that do not always show up on X ray, MRI or other scans.

Using specific Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques, treatment can release stiffness and restore the body's balance and function, allowing the exhausted overworked tissue creating the pain to relax and repair naturally. This is done when a gentle, sustained pressure is applied to the fascial system with Myofascial Release techniques allowing the body to unwind and the fascial system to release.

Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue to produce therapeutic or remedial effects. Therapeutic massage is slow and rhythmic, using a steady even pressure and is used for relaxation and well-being.

Remedial massage involves deep tissue work, stretching and passive mobilisation of joints to give more movement and assist with the healing of strains and injuries.


Nikola graduated with an Honours Degree in P.E. in 1990. She started studying massage in 1994 and in 1999 completed a 2-year Advanced Remedial Massage course, gaining SQA recognition and a Diploma with the Scottish School of Professional Massage. She is a member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage (ISRM). She also practices Integrated Myofascial Techniques.

Nikola spent 5 years working with Strathendrick Rugby Club, seeing them promoted from Glasgow Division to National Division 4 and was also involved with the West of Scotland mini and midi rugby teams, where her boys played from 2005 to 2011, with one son now playing professionally.

She has now worked with the staff at The High School of Glasgow for 17 years, as well as running a very successful private practice.

Nikola has a well-founded knowledge of both human anatomy and body mechanics, and as an FP she is also able to understand the psychological pressures involved in competitive sport and high academic attainment.


Treatment takes place in the Medical room of the Jimmie Ireland Stand, one Wednesday a month during term time.

Pupils may come in their free periods, during lunch or break times.

Treatment sessions last 30 minutes at a cost of £30.

Nikola Thomson can be contacted on 07793542854, or call Jane Sim (School Nurse) for an appointment.