The best sports massage therapists in Canberra


Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, gym junkie, or fitness newbie, investing in a top-quality sports massage therapist can help boost your performance. It can also reduce recovery time and heal and prevent injuries. Combining the best of deep tissue remedial and relaxation massage techniques, sports massage therapy can be a game changer.

If you’ve ever needed a sports massage therapist, you’ll understand the importance of choosing the right one for your needs.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a sports massage therapist, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great sports massage therapist?

A great sports massage therapist that’s right for your injury can remove stress. They can also get you on the road to recovery quick sharp.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a sports massage therapist.

  • Personalised service. People go for sports massage therapy for many reasons. This can include healing injuries, helping to prepare for a sporting event and improving performance. You’ll want your therapist to create an action plan designed just for you. This will help you achieve your specific goals as quickly as possible.
  • Effective results. A great sports massage therapist aims for effective and long-lasting results. They’re about fixing problems and getting you back into shape.
  • Experienced. You’ll want a sports massage therapist who is experienced and has seen it all before. With years in the industry, and working across a range of injuries, your therapist will pinpoint quick sharp how you can achieve optimal results.
  • Well priced. No one likes overpaying for a service, including sports massage therapy. Ask about pricing and don’t hesitate to get more than one therapist to quote. Also ask your health insurance provider if they’ll help with costs.
  • Conveniently located. If you need to visit a sports massage therapist regularly, you might want one that’s located near your home or workplace. This will make it quicker and easier to get to your therapy session.

The best sports massage therapists in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Capital Peak Performance

Capital Peak Performance (CPP) is Canberra’s specialists in sports and remedial massage therapy. CPP ensures their clients are at their peak performance by removing pain, improving health, repairing bodies and relieving stress through massage therapy. Located in Weston, the clinic offers deep tissue, sports, lymphatic drainage, trigger point and injury rehabilitation massages, as well as cupping, compression sessions, light stretching and mobilisation and kinetic and sports taping. CPP founder and owner Wayne Corlis also has specific training in athletic/sports services.

Repeat CPP customer, David Halpin wrote on Google, “Wayne at Capital Peak Performance is the best in Canberra! I tried a lot of sports massage therapists before I found Wayne and cannot recommend him highly enough! He finds that great balance between treating specific areas that need additional work and still providing a full body massage to ensure no muscle goes untreated.”

Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy

The therapists at Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy assist with a diverse range of sports and other injuries. Before starting massage treatment, therapists comprehensively assess clients. They then develop an individualised plan to help clients feel better, move better and reach their goals as quickly as possible. Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy is in Canberra City West and Gungahlin.

Shaun Moore wrote on Google, “Immaculate facilities, well trained, immensely knowledgeable and motivated group of professionals. Highly recommended.”

Therapy Masters

Therapy Masters began in December of 1997 as a home-based business. Today, the team of highly experienced massage therapist work from state-of-the-art commercial premises, with a calm and sophisticated decor in the heart of the city. Therapy Masters delivers treatment plans tailored to each client. Treatment plans focus on real, long-lasting results.

Kath Marshall wrote on Facebook, “Probably the best massage therapy centre in Canberra, beautiful people, beautiful service, a genuine caring and holistic environment.”

Canberra Sports Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

The experienced team at Canberra Sports Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation draws on more than 25 years of sports rehabilitation experience to deliver some of the most effective massages in the region. They treat all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions and use HICAPS to allow for direct billing to most private health funds.

On Google, Lily Espinosa wrote, “The whole team here are super friendly and have your health as their priority. I highly recommended visiting this clinic.”

Kingston Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre

Kingston Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre’s highly experienced therapists are passionate about client care. They provide quality, proven treatment and individualised care and rehabilitation. Therapists are committed to working with clients so they can be their best and enjoy lasting results. Services include massage therapy, musculoskeletal and general physiotherapy, and dietetics and sports nutrition.

On Google, Joanne Hastings wrote, “Physio was very professional and they had plenty of time to explain my long-term knee problem.”

If you’re looking for more information on massage and other therapies, you might like our articles on the best remedial massage centres, best massage centres, best Chinese massage centres, and the best acupuncturists Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with sports massage therapists in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the sports massage therapists listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sports massage therapy?
Sports massage therapy helps people who play sport to increase endurance, improve flexibility and improve performance. It also reduces the chance of injury and recovery time after injury. This is a specific type of massage. Its tailored to different sports and sporting injuries. It involves massage and muscle manipulation and can be strenuous. Sports massage therapy works by stretching tight muscles, stimulating inactive muscles and improving the condition of soft tissue.
Is sports massage therapy regulated in Australia?
To be eligible as a health fund provider, a massage therapist must hold an accredited qualification. The current industry qualifications for massage therapy are the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice and the Diploma of Remedial Massage. These qualifications can only be gained by a Registered Training Organisation. You’ll only want a sports massage therapist who has undergone formal training to achieve qualifications. You’ll also want one with years of experience.
What are the benefits of sports massage therapy?
Sports massage therapy has many benefits. This includes enhanced performance. One main benefit is decreased muscle stiffness and soreness after physical activity. A sports massage therapist will also help you exercise more efficiently so you avoid injury or recover more quickly after injury. says sports massage therapy may also improve your heart rate and blood pressure and increase your circulation and lymph flow. It can also help treat injuries, including shin splint, tennis elbow, sprains and strains.
How much does sports massage therapy cost?
The cost for sports massage therapy depends on several factors. This includes the type of your injury. It also includes how complex or severe your injury is. More complex injuries will likely require more sessions, which will increase the overall cost. Your sports massage therapist should give you an idea of how many sessions you’ll need.
How do I choose the best sports massage therapist?
You’ll want to do some research, including online. Check websites for services and experience across a range of sports injuries. You’ll want a therapist who is qualified and perhaps even belongs to a professional association. Check online reviews from clients too.

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31 Responses to The best sports massage therapists in Canberra
Mike Pamphilon Mike Pamphilon 9:13 am 09 Jul 21

Capital Peak Performance in Weston Creek certainly gets a major
Vote from me. I have had Sarah treat ‘skiers legs’ and also help with a shoulder injury, plus just ‘unwind’ muscles after training. Sarah is great, and knows her stuff.

Colin from Canberra Soft Tissue in Mitchell is an expert when it comes to dry needling, and then also I found that Erica at Canberra Health Network Braddon to be superb for Myotherapy when my shoulder was in the acute injury phase.

We are pretty lucky in Canberra to have these local companies and people . #GoCanberra

pachinko pachinko 4:36 pm 22 Oct 08

stay away from Ian at the therapeutic massage centre in weston, i’ve never had a massage that started with my butt cheeks and neglected so much of the rest of my body. Walked out of there with a sore neck. You dont come across many balding, bearded, aged masseuses and i’ve come to the conclusion thats probably a good thing.

ali_m ali_m 12:19 pm 07 Nov 06

one in woden called woden remedial massage..i think..

Thumper Thumper 8:16 am 01 Nov 06


Go girl!

terubo terubo 7:42 am 01 Nov 06

Go for it, Kerces!

Jey Jey 7:31 pm 31 Oct 06

let us know how you go Kerces.

FC FC 2:39 pm 31 Oct 06

I second the guy at Macarther.
ACT Massage Solutions I think it is called.
He is really good.

seepi seepi 1:16 pm 31 Oct 06

There is remedial massage at HAckett Shops – 60.00 for an hour or 40.00 for half an hour. It is strong, not relaxing, but you feel good afterwards.

RandomGit RandomGit 12:41 pm 31 Oct 06

bonfire, it should be, but money can’t be gay.

boomacat boomacat 12:19 pm 31 Oct 06

The massage centre at the ANU is AWESOME. Either the guy or the girl there, they do a fantastic sports massage, and I think they give a discount for students.

bonfire bonfire 12:07 pm 31 Oct 06

uh oh – was it a place on the squirt list ?

RandomGit RandomGit 11:58 am 31 Oct 06

I also went to a phony back x-ray chiro recently. I left there with my ass more sore metaphorically than my back was literally.

…. did that make sense?

RandomGit RandomGit 11:56 am 31 Oct 06

CELINA, yes, Celina is the one. Thank you vg.

bonfire bonfire 11:49 am 31 Oct 06

i had a massage at a ‘curehaus’ on the rhine in germany. i dont think the woman liked me as i could hardly move without pain for days afterwards.

therapeutic my arse.

Jazz Jazz 10:56 am 31 Oct 06

theres a mob over at florey shops as well which i have heard good things about fro ma friend who goes there. Body Kneads i think they are called.

che che 10:08 am 31 Oct 06

Natural Remedy/Therapy at Macquarie shops are good, $60 for an hour session (standard cost most places), and open at hours to accomodate you ie upto 8PM and on weekends
and a variety of massage types, reiki, sports, relaxation etc

Special G Special G 9:59 am 31 Oct 06

Go to the place opposite the Gungahlin Community Health centre (Same building as Woolworths – opposite end from the carpark) and ask for Emily. Or try the Chinese massage in Belco Mall

Thumper Thumper 9:48 am 31 Oct 06

hehehe, well, yeah, that’s true!

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 9:44 am 31 Oct 06

You couldn’t play golf before the injury Thumper!

Thumper Thumper 9:29 am 31 Oct 06

And I can no longer play golf as well…

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