Founder of Advance Soft Tissue & Remedial Massage

John Hughes' passion for soft tissue massage therapy and his drive to 'help everyone' overcome their pain & improve their global wellbeing is at the heart of what makes the AdvanceSRM a unique and different experience.

AdvanceSRM endevours to be a place that provides the highest level of service for every client that has come to the clinic for help. Specialising in the clinical application of soft tissue and remedial massage great pleasure is taken in knowing that AdvanceSRM is growing into an ethical, respected and trusted place where anyone suffering with soft tissue trauma, pain or dysfunction can expect to be treated to the highest standards.

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A Few words from the founder of AdvancesRM: John hughes

"It's crucial to keep your house in order, but when I mention 'house,' I'm actually referring to your physical well-being. We often see people in our lives working tirelessly to build a wonderful life for themselves and their families. They might have a comfortable home, a reliable car, and a happy, secure family, however, if they haven't sufficiently invested in their own health and well-being, and if they spend each day in discomfort or pain, then sadly, they struggle to fully enjoy the life they've built. Pain should not be a 'ball and chain' that we resign ourselves to carry indefinitely. There is always a key to liberate each and every one of us. Finding relief may require a helping hand and some time to experience change, but progress and recovery are achievable for many with the right help and guidance."

"As someone who has endured chronic lower back pain due to a rugby injury, where I damaged a ligament in one of my lower spine's vertebrae, I received minimal remedial guidance from my GP, who only suggested swimming to hasten my recovery. It took nearly a year for me to return to rugby, a testament to the profound impact that daily pain can have on one's mental and physical well-being, consequently dimming our enjoyment of life and the world around us. Over two decades have passed since that injury, and today, I experience no residual discomfort or dysfunction in my lower back. However, as a soft tissue massage therapist, I firmly believe that had my GP been aware of soft tissue therapy and referred me to a specialist, my journey back to full health could have been significantly shorter."


John Hughes embarked on a transformative journey into the realm of therapeutic massage in 2014, dedicating an intensive year to studying and obtaining the BTEC/LSSM Level 5 Professional Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage. This life-altering education not only enriched his understanding of the human body but also ignited a fervent desire to bring advanced massage therapies to a broader audience. In 2015, fuelled by this inspiration, John founded Advance Soft Tissue & Remedial Massage Clinic, marking the beginning of a pioneering venture aimed at delivering superior massage services to individuals grappling with pain, regardless of their background, age, occupation, or athletic involvement.

John's initial foray into the therapeutic benefits of massage predates his professional training, tracing back to an enlightening period spent as an English language teacher in Japan. It was there, amidst practicing the martial art of Aikido, that he was introduced to Seitai, a traditional Japanese massage technique. This experience not only expanded his repertoire as he became a qualified Seitai instructor but also served as a cornerstone in his approach to body recovery and injury prevention.

The turning point in John's career came during his tenure as a teacher in a special needs school from 2011 to 2015. Here, he witnessed firsthand the profound impact of massage and physical therapy on children and adults with special needs, including those with cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, and various genetic disorders. The integration of physical therapy, massage, and stretching into the care plans of his students illuminated the transformative potential of soft tissue therapy in enhancing physical well-being and overall quality of life.

This pivotal experience, coupled with his unique skills in Seitai and remedial massage, solidified John's conviction in the power of massage therapy as a vital component of holistic care. Today, as the founder of AdvanceSRM, he is deeply committed to advancing the physical and mental well-being of people from all walks of life. John's practice is distinguished by a compassionate, tailored approach that draws upon his rich background in special needs education and his expertise in soft tissue therapy. By fostering an environment of healing and growth, John continues to make a significant impact on the lives of those he serves, demonstrating the undeniable benefits of massage across a spectrum of conditions.

'I thoroughly enjoy employing my unique skills to enhance and advance the physical and mental well-being of individuals across diverse life situations' - John Hughes, Founder of AdvanceSRM.


Specialising in clinical advanced soft tissue and remedial massage therapy, John offers his clients -

  • Clinical Soft Tissue Therapy for pain and discomfort that is related to injury, illness or surgery
  • Specialist soft tissue and remedial pregnancy and postnatal massage
  • Oncology massage 
  • Postural correction 
  • Clinical sports and remedial massage
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Clinical Yoga
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

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