You deserve a pain-free life.

And with a little help, it’s possible.

What is your pain stopping you from doing?

Playing with your children or grandchildren?

Playing Sports?

Everyday Tasks?

The worst thing is, you’re probably in pain when you don’t need to be

It was after realising this that I became a physical therapist and started Essential Thyme back in July 2012.

“I don’t know what type of massage I need”

I realised booking massage therapy can be confusing. It’s why most people put it off. 

  • You don’t know what type of massage you need
  • You don’t know how you’ll feel on the day
  • You don’t know what’s causing you pain

… but that’s my job to find out and fix.

With Essential Thyme, it’s simple: you book a 30-, 45- or 60-minute appointment.

In that time, I’ll blend different massage techniques to help ease your muscles so you leave feeling better.

More than massage therapy

As well as helping people manage their pain, I’m a fully certified massage trainer. 

Plus I have a range of handmade products

“I’ve had massages before that felt more like tickling. But with Sandra, she really targeted the problem area and sorted it out.”

Maria Hallett

Fundraiser, 50+

sandra hope - pain free life

About Sandra Hope


  • Level 5
  • Foundation degree
  • Pregnancy massage certified 
  • Trained in Thailand
  • Advanced technique training
  • Oncology massage training

What do these mean to you?

They mean I’m more qualified and experienced than spa-day-type massages. I’m trained to target the source of your pain, ease the tension in your muscles and joints, and get you back to feeling your best.

And when I’m not doing that? You’ll find me playing with my dog, Bailey, or building Lego.

How to get here

Essential Thyme

Essential Thyme, Ground Floor, 1 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2AA

FREE parking is available on Fernwood Road, just a few minutes’ walk away from my building.  We’re also just a 2 minute walk from Jesmond Metro Station.

Conditions I’m trained to help you with

Have a specific condition and are wondering if I can help? 

Here are some of the medical conditions I can help with:

Don’t see your condition here? Email me at and I’ll either let you know if I can help or point you in the right direction if I can’t.

“I’ve been with Sandra over nine years. She is brilliant at answering my many questions, helping me understand more about my conditions, physiology and effects of treatments – and also how I can self-help in between treatments too.”

Pauline Frost

Retired, 70+

Massage therapy is not just for athletes!

My clients range from 25-year-old gym instructors to 81-year-old retirees. 

If you’re in pain or would like to improve your mobility to get back to living your life, click the link below now.