Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Recovery and Flexibility in Clapham London

Massage when delivered with skill can provide powerful and wide ranging effects. Fortunately, these are skills possessed by our highly experienced team of soft tissue therapists.

In Balance Performance’s massage treatment rooms we use a number of sports, remedial, deep, myofascial and soft tissue release techniques. In addition Nadia Hussain offers Hot Stone Massage and Larry Clift AIS flexibility techniques:


  • Ease the stresses, strains and tensions felt across your body and maintain good health.
  • Ease the tension and pain manifested physically during periods of stress and for better mental health and wellbeing. 
  • Relieve work and study related tension in the arm, neck, upper and lower back
  • Target specific areas of tension associated with your injury – every injury will induce muscular and fascial tightness that will remain an obstacle to complete recovery until addressed.
  • Target specific areas of tension and generally relieve stress that comes with every episode of back or neck pain.
  • Work on tension and scar tissue following breast cancer surgery or mastectomy.
  • Assist in preparation for any event – sporting or adventurous, marathon or triathlon, a hiking or climbing weekend, a musical or dance performance, surf, ski or snowboarding holiday.
  • Assist in recovery from sports training or preparation for the above events
  • Give respite during pregnancy from the fatigue of carrying your bump.
  • Assist post-natal recovery and ease the tension induced with the responsibility of parenthood – back and neck ache from lifting children, breastfeeding, nappy changing.

Hot Stone Massage with Nadia Hussain

What is Hot Stone massage? Therapeutic heat treatment used in conjunction with hands on soft tissue therapy.

What stones are used and why? Volcanic basalt stones, they retain heat and stay warmer for longer period of time. Therefore they are optimal for hot stone massage treatments.

How does hot stone therapy work? The stones are heated in water to a safe and effective temperature.  The heated stones are actively used to massage with, which effectively and efficiently warms and relaxes muscles. The heat affects the nervous system, increases circulation and decreases pain by producing an anaesthesia effect therefore allowing the therapist to work deeper. The stones are an extension to the therapist’s hands. The hot stone treatment offered by Nadia at Balance uses both heat from the stones as well as therapist hands, with additional soft tissue therapy techniques, tailored to suit your needs.

Is hot stone massage therapy right for me? If you like heat this is a treatment is for you, ideal for those suffering with muscular aches, discomforts and pain. This treatment is not suitable for those who are heat sensitive, sunburnt skin, have an acute injury or on areas with varicose veins.

Is hot stone massage therapy safe? Yes, the stones heated in water are handled by the therapist first before being used on the client.  The heated stones are never left in a static position or directly on bare skin for a period of time. Throughout the treatment the therapist will communicate with you to ensure you are comfortable with the temperature and the treatment.

What happens during my first consultation? Nadia will explain how the treatment is delivered and ensure it is suitable for you.

What happens during a treatment? Heat is absorbed faster in different areas of the body. A test on the forearms and upper arms with the heated stone is done to ensure you are comfortable before proceeding with long strokes over the back. It is important to inform the therapist if you find the stones are too hot for you.

How long does a treatment last? 75 minutes or  90mins

What are the after-effects? Heat is comforting and helps calm the nervous system aiding in relaxation, it can have a sedative effect, reducing stress, anxiety and promotes deeper relaxation.

Are you ready to try Hot Stone massage therapy? Give us a call, book online (see below), or fill in the form on the right hand side.

A.I.S for flexibility with Larry Clift

What is Active Isolated Stretching?

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a cutting edge technique that was created by Aaron Mattes in the USA and perfected over the past 40 years and is available at Balance Performance from Larry CLift. The Mattes method of AIS is a muscle lengthening and fascial release stretching technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.

How does AIS work?

Performing an Active Isolated Stretch of no longer than two seconds allows the target muscles to optimally lengthen, without triggering the protective stretch reflex and subsequent reciprocal antagonistic muscle contraction as the isolated muscle achieves a state of relaxation. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma. This in turn allows the body’s natural physiological makeup to improve circulation, increase the elasticity of muscles, joints and fascial tissue.

Is AIS right for me?

AIS technique can be used to treat people of all ages & from all walks of life, helping to improve their flexibility, general well being & quality of life. Apart from treating common and sports related injuries, AIS is also used to treat Muscular and Neurological diseases and can help reduce symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Polio and other debilitating diseases.

Is AIS safe?

Under the guidance of a trained practitioner – Larry Clift, AIS is totally safe. You will only be asked to work within your end range of movement and the Practitioner will assist by adding a small amount of additional pressure (approx. 1 lb) to further increase your range of motion.

What happens during my first consultation?

Larry will take details of your particular problem/injuries/goal etc. He will then discuss with you what treatment to provide for your specific requirements.

What happens during a treatment/session?

  • Larry will identify the appropriate muscles & supportive connective tissues, then isolate the muscle to achieve its most relaxed state and ask you to move to your end of range.
  • From your end of range a gradual and gentle stretch is applied with less than 1 lb of pressure towards the end of point range, providing a controlled return back to the starting position.
  • The entire duration of gradual, gentle stretch should be no greater than 2 seconds. This same isolated muscle stretch is continued up to 10 times, with each subsequent stretch to achieve incremental gain of a few degrees of motion without eliciting a contraction of the opposing muscle. The area being stretched is always returned to the starting position before continuing through the prescribed number of repetitions. This ensures a continuous supply of blood, oxygen, lymph & nutrition, while stimulating waste removal & enforcing the neural process.
  • You will Exhale during the stretching phase & inhale during the recovery phase (during the return to the starting position). Oxygen is an important fuel for muscle action.
  • The stretch reflex is monitored carefully as the tissues are stretched to a point of “light irritation” & then tension released to prevent a contraction of the muscle-fascia being stretched.

What clothing should I wear?

You will be fully clothed throughout the treatment so please wear loose clothing so that you can benefit from the full range that this treatment provides.

How long does a treatment last?

Treatments are usually 90 minutes

What are the after-effects?

A decrease in overall body tension, which can be uplifting and give a general feeling of well-being.

So, why not give it a try?

Ready to try an AIS session? Give us a call, use our contact form, or book ONLINE – see below…

ONLINE BOOKING: book in for a massage online via

Our soft tissue therapists work closely with physiotherapists, osteopaths and coaches to ensure your progressions with them are seamlessly connected with those achieved through soft tissue work (deep tissue massage).

Whichever of the above applies to you take the opportunity provided by our team of therapists – both male and female – and have the inevitable tensions created by life and gravity massaged and manipulated away. If you haven’t experienced massage before you are welcome to talk to one of the team before you book a session or let them know when you arrive at your first appointment and they will guide you through the process. Massages can vary in length based on your requirements from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Your first session needs to be 45 minutes duration as your therapist will have some questions to ask before they begin to make sure you get what you need.

Sports Massage Team