Thursday, 18 October 2018

It’s far from your usual sports massage

JULIA van Deventer is the sports and remedial massage therapist at Physiolistic in  Henley.

JULIA van Deventer is the sports and remedial massage therapist at Physiolistic in Henley.

Having qualified in 2005 and furthered her training with fitness instruction, functional rehabilitation and a UKCC Level 2 Coaching Award in Rowing, Julia has been fortunate enough to have provided massage at the 2006 Rowing World Championships as well as boasting world record-holding athletes amongst her clientele.

She is now one of the few Compex-trained massage therapists in the country. Julia has coached rowing both nationally and internationally and been a keen athlete in a variety of different sports, including endurance events, bodybuilding, strongman and powerlifting.

She also actively competes in showjumping, eventing and dressage, which is her true passion. As a result, Julia has a unique insight into the varying demands of training for sport.

Julia explains that her treatments are different to your average sports massage: “It goes without saying that a detailed knowledge of anatomy is essential in order to provide a good massage but so few people understand how important instinct and an acute eye for detail are to a successful treatment. Having had chronic pain for more than 13 years I understand how exhausting being in pain is.

“I use a systematic approach coupled with a strong sense of intuition, and I strongly believe in the importance of listening to and observing each individual, which is why my treatments suit everyone - not just athletes! Having the ability to judge this is where good massage becomes an art form and everyone can benefit.”

She is excited to incorporate the use of Compex into her range at Physiolistic.

“I feel that Compex can profoundly change the nature of training and therapy in the UK and I’m very lucky to be able to work with it,” she  adds.

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