Massage

Our talented massage therapists are all about providing the right massage to suit your needs

 

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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

 

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HANDS ON MASSAGE & MLD THERAPISTS

Hans Lutters

Hands On / Clinical Director - Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

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
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Josh Dowdle

Hands On / Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

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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Shannon Wilson

Hands On / Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

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)
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Wendy Carpenter

Hands On / Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

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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Alana Parsons

Hands On / Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

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)
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Kelsey Honeyfield

Hands On / Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

Kelsey is currently studying towards a Level 6 Diploma in Remedial Massage. Her interest in massage stems from her own rehabilitation journey following spinal surgery in 2017, which emphasised the significance of functional, pain-free movement for overall well-being. Outside of clinic, Kelsey enjoys tramping, swimming, and surfing. She has a level 5 Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

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Katy Pheloung

Hands On / Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

  • 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)
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Elisia Vattuone

Hands On / Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

Massage & Lymphatic Therapist

  • Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5) Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, 2021
  • Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6) ARA Institute of Canterbury, 2023
  • Hand On Manual Lymphatic Drainage Course, Christchurch

Background

Elisia prides herself on providing a relaxing and therapeutic experience for her clients, with her goal to help people achieve everyday comfort. Elisia completed her Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage in 2021. She opened up her own business within a Chiropractic Clinic in Auckland and worked with clients to complement their chiropractic treatments. She also provided massage to people from many walks of life, including up-and-coming marathon runners to busy office workers.  In 2022 Elisia traveled to Europe and experienced working with an Amercia’s Cup sailing team, assisting their physio in treating athletes and keeping them in the best shape as possible while they underwent their intense physical training. 

She has since moved to Christchurch and completed her Remedial Massage Diploma last year.  Elisia enjoys helping clients to perform to their best in every aspect of their daily lives. She hopes to empower people through massage, bringing both their mental and physical state back to a place of equilibrium. 

When not in the clinic she enjoys being out in nature, reading, and exploring new places. 

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AMANDA BAIRD MASSAGE THERAPIST

Please note: Amanda Armitage operates independently within Sports Clinic Massage and is not affiliated with Hands On.

For appointments with Amanda, please use the booking link provided.

Amanda Armitage Baird

Amanda Armitage Massage / Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist

  • Diploma Massage therapy, College of Natural Medicine 1999
  • Post graduate Myofascial release, College of Natural Medicine 2021
  • Postgraduate Neuro muscular therapy, College of Natural Medicine 2021
  • Certificate in Personal training Christchurch Polytechnic 2022

Background

Amanda has been working as a massage therapist and personal trainer since 2000. She has worked with top level and professional sports including Rugby, Netball, Cricket, and tennis. In the clinic Amanda not only works with sports people, but individuals with chronic pain and lifestyle aches and pains.

Personally, Amanda has competed nationally and internationally in Ballroom Dancing and Body Sculpting and also trained in martial arts, she has a passion for cooking and nutrition and a love of animals.

Amanda is also a mother of two active children involved in a multiple of sports including, surf lifesaving, rugby, swimming, and tennis, giving her a knowledge of many sporting activities, and how to juggle the complexities of work, family, and life balance.

 

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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:

Sports Massage
Designed to support all athletes in competition, training and off-season phases. Specific techniques are utilized to maximize performance.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage releases tension in the body through applying slow deep pressure to the deeper layers of muscles.
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.
Myofascial Release
The therapist uses gentle sustained pressure to release fascia (surrounds the muscle) to help improve flexibility, reduce pain and increase circulation.
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).
Relaxation/Swedish
A relaxation massage uses light to moderate strokes to release tension, and stress, to balance the mind body and soul.
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.
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.

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