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Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Sports Massage is available: Monday and Wednesday


60 minutes - £67.00

30 minutes - £46.50

Block of five 60 minute treatments - £318.00

Block of ten 60 minute treatments - £636.00

All new clients are advised to book a 60 minute treatment.

Concessions available for students with a valid student ID.

Sports Massage Sessions

Sports massage is an effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the body. Through management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body, it can be used to aid a variety of ailments/injuries.

If received regularly, it can help athletes prevent injuries that might be caused by overuse. Athletes will find a good sports masseur is invaluable to help their sports injuries and performance. Regardless of your experience in dance, sport or exercise or whether you exercise socially or perform at an international level - sports massage may have something to offer you. Sports massage can help relieve many day-to-day problems that everyone experiences.

Sports massage is not solely for athletes and sports injuries. Sports Massage includes treatment of the muscles and soft tissues of the body, and is suitable for anybody and a wide variety of conditions.

Benefits of Sports Mssage 

  • Increases blood flow through the tissues, resulting in faster recovery time, removal of waste products and toxins.
  • Through correct stretching, training and use of health equipment, your overall health awareness and understanding of the deep tissues will improve. You can use this knowledge to improve performance.
  • Improve your range of motion, flexibility and performance.
  • Muscular imbalance and damage in deep tissues can be detected and treated, minimising the risk of injury or further damage.
  • Recipients can learn how to monitor their own condition and adjust their training accordingly.
  • It can be applied pre-event to stimulate circulation, calm nervous tension and help prepare the dancer for optimal performance.
  • It can be applied post-event to remove waste products/toxins, speed up recovery time and de-stress after a performance.

Is this your first appointment with Laban Health ? 

An hour session is advised.

If you are visiting a Sports Massage Therapist for a first appointment at Laban Health, please be aware that the first 10-15 minutes of the appointment will focus on a consultation, including relevant health history. It is advisable that you book a one-hour appointment if it's the first time you are visiting us.

When is a Sports Massage or Deep Tissue Massage not appropriate? 

For your own health and wellbeing, there are some situations when we may not be able to treat you with a Sports Massage/Deep Tissue Massage, because it could make an injury/health condition worse.  We do not want you to turn up for an appointment unnecessarily. Here is a list of common things that affect our decision on whether we can treat you.

Bacterial, fungal or viral infections: If you are generally feeling unwell or have a bacterial, fungal or viral infections, massage could further spread infection around the body, and in addition, you could pass your infection onto the therapist. If you have a temperature/fever, sickness and/or diarrhoea, massage is not recommended.

Acute inflammation: If you have injured yourself recently and the injured site is still inflamed/swollen and hot, massage is not an appropriate therapy at this stage of the injury. Once the inflammation has reduced, and/or you have had the all clear from another therapist (for example osteopath, physiotherapist or GP), do come and see us. In this acute phase of an injury, it's advised that you apply the PRICED approach - Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Diagnosis.

Open wounds: Massage across open sores could increase damage and encourage infection.

Bone fractures: If you suspect a fracture, you need to first be assessed by X-ray. Massage could put pressure and further aggravate the fracture, causing further damage.

Joint dislocations: If you have dislocated a joint, it will be very painful and your movement will be restricted. The joint must be assessed by an orthopaedic specialist before massage is applied.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Often found in the calf, a blood clot can form in a vein. Massage could dislodge the clot and send it towards the heart. If you suspect a DVT, seek immediate medical advice.

Varicose veins: These normally occur on the back of the leg. Massage strokes are safe around the areas affected. Massage cannot be applied directly to areas with varicose veins, due to the risk of causing further severe bleeding.

Bleeding disorders: Deep massage techniques such as those used in sports massage may possible cause slight trauma and bleeding. For this reason, people with conditions such as haemophilia cannot be treated with a sports massage.

Source: Cash, M. (2012) Advanced Remedial Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy. UK: Elbury Press.

Sports Massage Therapists:

Helen Wellington

Helen trained with the London School of Sports Massage in 1996 and specialises in massage for dancers. She has been a company massage therapist with the English National Ballet Company since 1996 and with the Royal Ballet Company since 2007.

Helen has been working at Laban Health since 2003. Helen has a passion for learning about the body's design and how muscular patterns influence movement and function. When working with dancers, Helen focuses on muscular balance in the body which facilitates its movement. At Laban Health, Helen is currently developing ideas on how massage techniques can be taught to dancers in order to help them understand their bodies better and to reinforce the importance of injury prevention and the dancer's own role in that process.

Stephanie De'Ath

Prior to graduating from North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM), Stephanie completed Trinity Laban's MSc Dance Science programme  and professional dance training at Middlesex University. Stephanie's dance background and Dance Science studies initiated a keen interest in the areas of movement analysis, injury surveillance and rehabilitation. After studying these topics extensively during undergraduate/postgraduate study, Stephanie decided she wanted to have a more 'hands-on' approach and subsequently this led to pursuing the course at NLSSM.

Stephanie is now Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist (SRMT) at London Contemporary Dance School and is a lecturer in Dance Science at Bird College and senior tutor at NLSSM, alongside guest lecturing at London Studio Centre and Royal Academy of Dance. Throughout Stephanie's diploma and subsequent CPD training she has acquired a range of advanced soft tissue techniques including; deep tissue massage, muscle energy technique, soft tissue release, positional release, neuromuscular technique, kinesiotaping, instrument assisted soft tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, posture assessment, movement assessment, exercise prescription and ScarWork(c) . Stephanie's practice is evidence based and she keeps up to date with current research to ensure her treatment is reflective of best practice.

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