- Deep Tissue Massage in Wanaka
Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the therapist will work the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (connective tissue). Many people expect deep tissue massage to be an hour of intense pressure and pain, but this is counterproductive.

At Wanaka Sports Massage we work with you, so you get the exact pressure your body requires.

- Sports Massage in Wanaka
Sports massage is a type of massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids.

It is tailored to the athlete's specific needs, depending on their type of sports, training program, medical history etc. It is beneficial for performance improvement, injury prevention, injury treatment and post injury rehab.

We usually use a combination of techniques to achieve maximum results.

- Neuromuscular or Trigger Point Therapy in Wanaka
A trigger point is a hyper irritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it "triggers" a painful response. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes "referred pain" in tissues supplied by nerves.

Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. The therapist will locate and deactivate them using finger pressure.

By definition, Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system.

In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly.Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction.

It is therefore necessary to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.

- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation or PNF in Wanaka
A method of stretching muscles to maximize their flexibility that is often performed with a partner or trainer and that involves a series of contractions and relaxations with enforced stretching during the relaxation phase.

We'll incorporate this into your treatment when necessary.

- Relaxation Massage in Wanaka
Relaxation massage uses smooth, gliding strokes. The primary purpose will be to help you relax, and the massage therapist will probably move at a slower pace and use light pressure.

During a relaxation massage there is less emphasis on working out serious adhesions or knots in the muscle tissue and the therapist won't push your pain limits in order to get the muscle to release. Sometimes people even fall asleep during a relaxation massage.

- Aromatherapy Massage in Wanaka
Aromatherapy massage is a relaxing massage but with essential oils added to the massage oil or lotion. The essential oils are absorbed through the skin, enhancing the benefits of the treatment. Each essential oil has different healing properties. For example, some calm while others energize.

- Pregnancy Massage in Wanaka
Pregnancy massage, also known as pre-natal massage, promotes relaxation, soothes nerves, and relieves strained back and leg muscles in expectant mothers.

Pregnancy massage is especially benefical in the second and third trimesters, when the extra weight in your belly puts a strain on your back.

At Wanaka Sports Massage we have a  special table that gives us access to your back so we can help with pain management and relaxation during pregnancy. While you can lie on your tummy, the baby is fully supported by a sling, covering the hole. So, contrary to some info out there, there is no stress on the lower back or the uterine ligaments.