You Sports Massage Clapham: massage therapy, sports massage, soft tissue therapy, myofascial release, recovery and flexibility

For sports massage Clapham (Clapham North to be precise) – we highly recommend our team. 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 our Clapham sports massage rooms we use a number of massage techniques. People use many terms to describe massages, many of them could be applied to the treatment you will experience at Balance Performance. So to ensure extreme satisfaction you should let our massage therapist know what your expectations are. Then we can emphasise the appropriate techniques to meet them.

We offer you sports massage; remedial, deep and therapeutic massage; myofascial compression and soft tissue release techniques. You can be massaged for general recovery, relaxation, and release of tensions. This may be required to offset the soreness and fatigue from your work and sports/fitness training or after an active holiday or competition – skiing or a triathlon for example. You can also be in need of a massage for more specific areas of pain and soreness, possibly after an injury or surgery.

In addition to those massages mentioned above we offer a Remedial massage using CBD and essential oils. Further to this Nadia Hussain offers Hot Stone Massage and Larry Clift AIS flexibility techniques. You can read about these in a little more detail below.

Massage – for the benefit of all, not just sports players

General health and wellness

  • Ease the stresses, strains and tensions felt across your body, gain awareness and maintain good health.
  • Ease the tension and pain manifested physically during periods of stress and for better mental health and wellbeing.

Work, study and home tensions:

  • Relieve work, study and home life related tension in the arm, neck, upper and lower back.
  • Target specific areas of tension and generally relieve stress that comes with every episode of back or neck pain.

Injury, illness and surgeries:

  • Target specific areas of tension associated with your injury, or following surgery– every injury will induce muscular and fascial tightness that will remain an obstacle to complete recovery until addressed.
  • Work on tension and scar tissue following breast cancer surgery or mastectomy.

Sports, events and fitness:

  • 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.
  • Sports Massage Clapham: assist in recovery from sports training or event preparation

Pregnancy and parenthood:

  • Give respite during pregnancy from the fatigue of carrying your bump.
  • Assist post-natal recovery and ease the tension that can follow with the responsibility of parenthood. Most common are back and neck ache from lifting and carrying children, breastfeeding, nappy changing.

Remedial massage with CBD and Essential Oils

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 a very 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 a treatment?

During your first consultation Nadia will explain how the treatment is delivered and ensure it is suitable for you. 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?

Larry Clift offers clients Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) techniques at Balance Performance to improve flexibility and restore function. AIS is a sophisticated technique that was created by Aaron Mattes in the USA and perfected over the past 40 years. 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. As well as treating common and sports related injuries, AIS is also used to treat people with Muscular and Neurological diseases. People with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Polio and other debilitating diseases have experienced symptom reductions.

Is AIS safe?

Under the guidance of Larry who is a trained practitioner of AIS it is totally safe. You will only be asked to work within your end range of movement and Larry will simply assist by adding a small amount of additional pressure to further increase your range of motion.

What happens during a treatment/session?

  • At your first consultation Larry will take details of your particular problem/injuries/goal etc. After this he will explain to you what treatment he thinks would be best to provide for your specific requirements.
  • After this assessment Larry will begin the physical side of the session. Firstly he will identify the appropriate muscles & supportive connective tissues, then isolate the muscle to achieve its most relaxed state and ask you to move yourself actively to your end of range.
  • When you reach this point Larry will apply a gradual and gentle stretch. This stretch involves less than 1lb of pressure.
  • You will notice that the entire duration of this gradual, gentle and isolated stretch is short, only 2 seconds but Larry will repeat it up to 10 times. Each subsequent stretch achieves incremental gains 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.
  • Of paramount importance to all of the above is Breathing, correct breathing is essential for a successful outcome. Therefore, 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.
  • How long does a treatment last? Treatments are usually 90 minutes

What clothing should I wear?

Please wear loose clothing so that you can benefit from the full range that this treatment provides.

What are the after-effects?

A decrease in overall body tension, which can be uplifting and give a general feeling of well-being. So hopefully it all makes sense now, 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

Although you will benefit simply from the massage skills of our therapists we can go further. Balance professionals work as a team and your massage therapist will communicate clearly with your physiotherapist, osteopath and/or coach to ensure that we are working in synchrony for you.

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. Your first session needs to be 45 minutes as your therapist will have some questions to ask before they begin to make sure you get what you need. Subsequently massages can vary in length based on your requirements; we offer sessions between 30 minutes to 90 minutes.

Sports Massage Clapham Team

Deri Wilson

Deri Wilson

Soft Tissue Therapist, Womens Health specialist

Nadia Hussain

Nadia Hussain

Soft Tissue and Sports Massage Therapist

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis

Soft Tissue Massage Therapist. Breathwork, movement, and conditioning coach

Mike Doxey

Mike Doxey

Movement Coach, Myofascial Therapist