Heavily exercised muscles may also lose their capacity to relax. This causes chronically tight muscles and loss of flexibility.

Joanna Bisphan

Joanna Bisphan

Wellington Sports Massage is a popular Sports Massage Clinic in Wellingtons CBD.
With a background in Science and High Performance Sport, Joanna utilises proven massage techniques to improve athletic performance and the daily functioning of her clients.

Jo is originally from Hamilton, where she started her studies 13 years ago at the age of 17.
Coming from a high performance sporting background, Jo played for the New Zealand Football team and won a Sports Scholarship to attend Lock Haven University in the USA. Her team managed a best of 5th in the Nation.

Due to the intensity of international competition in her sporting career Jo suffered many injuries. Massage Therapy enabled Jo to recover quickly, perform at her best and avoid any major long term injury.

Jo has a keen interest in the massage profession and has enjoyed working with many top individual athletes and teams including members of the Waikato Chiefs, the Cook Island IRB Sevens team and Ironman competitors.

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Sports Massage is designed to prepare an athlete for their best performance by reducing fatigue and relieving muscle pain and tension.

Sports Massage helps to alleviate pain and prevent injuries that may adversely affect flexibility, mobility, response time and the overall performance in competition. Sports Massage can improve blood and lymphatic system circulation, assisting in the removal of metabolites and other toxins.

Heavily exercised muscles may also lose their capacity to relax. This causes chronically tight muscles and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often linked to muscle soreness, and can predispose athletes to injuries. Blood flow through tight muscle is often poor and this may also contribute to pain and discomfort. Regular Massage Therapy is very effective in combating these effects of heavy exercised muscle.


Why would I see a Sports Massage Therapist?

Sports massage is designed to enable the athlete or individual to function at a higher level by reducing fatigue, relieving muscle swelling and tension. Sports massage helps alleviate pain and prevent injuries that can adversely affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and the overall function of the body.

What should I expect from a sports massage?

When there is muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can restrict circulation and cause pain, limit movement, and exacerbate inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to restore normal movement and relieve pain. The Massage Therapist can achieve these improvements by using direct, deep pressure or friction applied across and with the grain of the muscles.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Unlike classic massage, often used for relaxation, Deep Tissue Massage usually focuses on specific problems, such as:
• Chronic pain
• Limited mobility
• Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
• Repetitive strain injuries and Occupational Overuse Syndromes
• Postural problems
• Osteoarthritic pain
• Fibromyalgia
• Muscle tension or spasm

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