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Massage therapy

Treatment description

Your massage therapist will use a variety of techniques best suited to your condition.  All of our therapists have extensive post-graduate training. During your appointment, we will discuss the technique they feel is the most appropriate. It may vary from deep tissue, relaxation, lymphatic drainage, dry needling, to other most used styles of massage.

Whether you’re looking to relieve stress, increase your sports performance, or getting some much-needed relaxation, the professionally trained and registered Christchurch massage therapists at Sports Clinic will cater for your therapeutic needs. 

 What can this service help you with?

  • Massage therapy relaxes muscles

  • Easing and soothing aches and pains

  • It rejuvenates and helps to restore balance to body and being

  • Making us better for all the things life throws our way

SPORTS CLINIC'S MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Hans Lutters

Senior Massage & Lymphatic Therapist, Director

  • Diploma in Massage Therapy, NGS, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 2004
  • Diploma in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder), NGS, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 2006
  • Accredited Provider for professional carded athletes, High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ)
  • Accredited Provider for professional carded athletes, New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC)
  • Member of Massage Association NZ (MNZ) and Australian Lymphoedema Association (ALA)
  • Member of the New Zealand Core Health Team, Common Wealth Games Glasgow 2014
  • Member of the New Zealand Core Health Team Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016
  • Member of the New Zealand Core Health Team, Common Wealth Games Gold Coast 2018
  • Member of the New Zealand Core Health Team, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020/2021
  • Teacher of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Level I & Level II
  • Specialising in (sports) injury prevention and injury management, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Chronic Pain Relief
Book an appointment with Hans
Josh Dowdle

Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

  • Diploma in Health Science Therapeutic Massage (Merit), NZ College of Massage, Christchurch 2016
  • Certificate of Massage, New Zealand College of Massage, Christchurch 2015
  • Hands On Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, Christchurch 2019
  • Member of Massage Association New Zealand (MNZ)

Background
Josh graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2011 with a Diploma in Personal Training and has been working in gyms ever since. He loves helping people improve the way they move. However, wanting to develop a more hands-on treatment skillset to accompany his movement background, Josh went back to study and completed a Massage Therapy Diploma in 2016. In 2019 he extended his skill set again by completing the Hands On level I and II MLD courses.

Outside of the Health and Wellness arena, Josh’s passions include cooking (and eating), travel, and raising a young family.

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Isabelle Fletcher

Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

  • Diploma in Health Science Therapeutic Massage (Merit), NZ College of Massage
  • Certificate of Massage, New Zealand College of Massage, Christchurch
  • Hands On Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, Christchurch
  • Member of Massage Association New Zealand (MNZ)

Background
Isabelle graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Neuromuscular Massage in 2018. She has had experience working with professional sports teams such as Australians Wallabies, Brisbane Broncos and other NRL teams, British Lions and International Woman’s Netball teams from 2015-2019 when touring New Zealand. Isabelle joined our team when relocating from Auckland in 2020 and extended her skill set in completing the Level 1 and Level 2 Hands On MLD courses.

Outside of the clinic, Isabelle enjoys weight lifting, watching her partner play cricket, playing tennis and being close to the beach.

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Wendy Carpenter

Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

  • Diploma in Health Science Therapeutic Massage (Merit), NZ College of Massage
  • Certificate of Massage, New Zealand College of Massage, Christchurch
  • Hands On Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, Christchurch
  • Member of Massage Association New Zealand (MNZ)

Background
In 2021 Wendy graduated with Excellence in a diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy. Her interest in massage stems from previously being a competitive swimmer. As a consequence of intensive training, she has had various experiences with manual therapists. She found remedial massage therapy to be the most effective. A move to New Zealand allowed for a career change and facilitated her in retraining as an RMT and completing the level 1 and 2 Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) course. Out of the clinic her interests are rowing and travelling.

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Zoe Coleman

Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

  • Diploma in Health Science Therapeutic Massage (Merit), NZ College of Massage
  • Certificate of Massage, New Zealand College of Massage, Christchurch
  • Hands On Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, Christchurch
  • Member of Massage Association New Zealand (MNZ)

Background
Zoe graduated in 2019 with Excellence in a Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy. Her influence in massage comes from her passion for pole fitness and aerial arts. During her own fitness training she spent a lot of time watching how others were moving their bodies with flexibility, strength and grace. She realized that the balance of strength and movement is important or everyday functionality of normal movements, as well as the high expectations athletes have on their bodies. Due to her own past injuries and recovery she has found massage therapy is a way of finding balance for functional movement.

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Jo van Rensburg

Massage Therapist

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Wales, Institute Cardiff. Graduated 1999
  • Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy (level 6 with Excellence), New Zealand Chines College of Medicine, December 2021
  • Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (level 5 with Excellence), New Zealand College of Massage, Christchurch 2020
  • Hands On Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, Christchurch 2022
  • Member of Massage Association New Zealand (MNZ)

Background

Jo graduated in 2021 with Excellence in a Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy. Her passion for massage stems from her love for running, having been a competitive runner for over 30 years. She currently competing in both track and cross country events at a national level in the masters grade. Personal experience has reinforced the importance of regular massage for both rehabilitation after injuries and regular maintenance in order to perform to the highest level. Jo has also coached for the last 7 years, becoming an accredited coach for Athletics New Zealand, which she continues to do for her local athletics club. Whilst she has a love for working with athletes, the benefits of receiving massage to correct muscle imbalances and relieve pain is something all people can benefit from.

Outside of the clinic Jo loves escaping to the countryside for camping weekends with her hubby, as well as regular runs including her social running group she and her husband lead every week.

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Shannon Wilson

Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

  • Diploma in Sport, London UK, 2014Certificate in Gym Instructing, London UK, 2014
  • Diploma in Remedial Massage (level 6, with Distinction), NZ College of Massage, Christchurch 2017
  • Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (level 5, with Excellence), New Zealand College of Massage, Christchurch 2016
  • Hands On Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, Christchurch 2018
  • Member of Massage Association New Zealand (MNZ)
Book an appointment with Shannon
Alana Parsons

Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

  • Remedial Massage Therapy Diploma, ARA Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch 2021
  • Certificate of Massage, New Zealand College of Massage, Christchurch 2020
  • Hands On Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, Christchurch 2022
  • Member of Massage Association New Zealand (MNZ)
Book an appointment with Alana
Amanda Armitage

Massage Therapist

  • Has been a Massage therapist and Personal Trainer since 2000
  • Massage therapy techniques used are: Neuromuscular therapy, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myofascial release, pregnancy massage and Swedish Massage
  • Remedial Massage Therapist (RMT with Massage NZ)and REP’s (Registered Exercise Professionals)
  • Work with many New Zealand elite athletes (rugby, netball, body sculpting, cycling, rowing)

Personal interest include Competition Ballroom Dancing for 7 years, 2 years National champion for Body Sculpting, Tai Boxing

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Katy Pheloung
  • Working towards Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy, ARA Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch 2022
  • Certificate of Massage, New Zealand College of Massage, Christchurch 2021
  • Hands On Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, Christchurch 2022
  • Member of Massage Association New Zealand (MNZ)
Book an appointment with Katy
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Our difference

Why Sports clinic Massage

Our team works with a variety of athletes in their practice, from weekend warriors to elite athletes. Their experience and knowledge will help you gain the optimal results in your sport. We also have accredited Academy of Sport providers – ask them if you qualify.

All our Massage Therapists have extensive post-graduate training. During your appointment, they will discuss the technique they feel is the most appropriate for you. It may vary from Deep Tissue, Relaxation, Lymphatic Drainage, Dry Needling, to other most used styles of massage.

Hans Lutters (photo left) is the director and owner of Sports Clinic Massage and has been providing massage services at the last 2 Olympic games in Rio and Tokyo to our amazing Kiwi athletes. You can book to see Hans and his team and receive the same great services as our Olympic athletes. 

What types of massages are available?

You can choose from a number of different types of massage, from soft and relaxing to targeted and deep tissue. See our styles of massage for more styles and information.

Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy massage is aimed at relaxing the pregnant woman and promoting health by applying light to moderate pressure to areas of discomfort. (usually in the side-lying position).
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
NMT is a holistic form of massage that aims to restore the body’s correct postural balance to help alleviate the area of soft tissue pain. Injuries and chronic pain may be prevented with this technique.
Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive technique that has a powerful effect on the body. The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow. Lymphatic Drainage is commonly used on (lymph)oedema and chronic pain.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage releases tension in the body through applying slow deep pressure to the deeper layers of muscles.

 

 

Sports Massage
Designed to support all athletes in competition, training and off-season phases. Specific techniques are utilized to maximize performance.
Relaxation/Swedish
A relaxation massage uses light to moderate strokes to release tension, and stress, to balance the mind body and soul.
Myofascial Release
The therapist uses gentle sustained pressure to release fascia (surrounds the muscle) to help improve flexibility, reduce pain and increase circulation.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy involves applying pressure to tender areas in the muscle (knots) in order to relieve pain and dysfunction which is often felt by other parts of the body.
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