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Sports Massage is a deep tissue massage that loosens tight muscles and breaks down adhesions in muscle fibres. It aids your recovery from injuries or after surgery or it can be used as part of your training programme in connection with a warm up or a cool down.

Sports massage is not just for sportsmen or women! It can also be used as an adjunct to your normal physiotherapy treatment or simply to relieve muscle tension or treat repetitive strain injuries, which everyone experiences from time to time.

Back massage

Sports massage helps to:

  • prevent injuries 
  • maintain the function of muscles 
  • helps your recovery from intense training
  • stretches and loosens muscles 
  • improves blood flow
  • improves movement of lymph and oxygen throughout the body 
  • helps to restore function to injured “soft tissues” (muscles, tendons and ligaments)
  • removes metabolic waste resulting from exercise and inactivity.

Does massage hurt?

No form of massage should hurt anyone.  Tender areas of tension or injury sometimes needs to be handled with some degree of pressure which enables the deep tissue work to break up adhesions in the muscle or scar tissue. Communication between therapist and client is essential.

Treatment can be focused on specific areas, including:

  • Neck and shoulder massage
  • Back massage
  • Leg massage
  • Arm and hand massage 
  • Full body massage

If you would prefer a specific muscle or area worked on, please discuss this with your therapist, who will be happy to help.

Frequently asked questions

Can I bring someone to the session with me?

Yes, you are very welcome to bring somebody along; we are also able to provide chaperones should you require. Please inform our reception team when booking your appointment and we will happily arrange this on your behalf.

Please bear in mind children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must remain throughout the treatment.

Do I need to get undressed?

It depends on the area being treated. There is no need to take off all your clothes for a foot and ankle massage; just wear loose trousers which you can pull up over your knees. We endeavour to ensure the modesty and dignity of our clients and use towels where possible to drape across during a treatment, helping you feel relaxed and comfortable.

To get the full benefits out of a full body massage it is recommended you remove your shirt, trousers and socks. You can wear underwear, bra, swimming trunks or swimming costume, whatever you feel most comfortable with. You do not need to reveal any part of your body in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable, we will do our utmost to make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Our specialists

Sue Viney, Masseuse

Sue trained at the Oxford School of Sports Massage qualifying in Level 4 Sports Massage in 2006.

Since joining the team at Spire Dunedin 5 years ago, Sue has extended her skills working in the clinical environment, alongside the Physiotherapy team. Employing her unique skills as an adjunct to Physiotherapy, Sue facilitates patient recovery using a variety of treatment techniques which aid the management of soft tissue disorders.

Sue has treated a great variety of patients including sports injuries, pre and post-operative patients and those with everyday aches and pains working to compliment the physiotherapist’s treatment. Her work plays a vital part of the team.

During February 2012 Sue qualified in Pregnancy massage after becoming a mum herself. Her unique skills and personal insight enable her to provide appropriate interventions to pregnant women who present with soft tissue disorders during pregnancy. Her specific skills are also used to help promote blood flow, lower blood pressure and aid relaxation, all important during a healthy pregnancy. Sue works closely with our on-site Women’s Health Physiotherapists, able to treat many of the musculoskeletal pains but upon the body during pregnancy.

As a member of the Sports Massage Association Sue enjoys spending time as a volunteer; recently she has worked at numerous events including the Reading Half Marathon and London Marathon.

Special interests: Soft tissue release, muscle energy rechniques, pregnancy massage

Speciality: Sports massage therapist

Year of qualification: 2006

Current membership: Sports Massage Association


Jess Pascall

Jess Pascall

Highly experienced in the management of sports injuries, Jess trained at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Post-qualification, she has worked with both recreational and professional athletes in a wide variety of sports, including swimming, rugby, basketball, cycling, triathlons and netball.

HPC registered, Jess belongs to many professional organisations including the Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

To contact us

Call the Physiotherapy team on 0118 955 3413

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E-mail dunedinphysio@spirehealthcare.com