10 Benefits of Massage for Skiers & Snowboarders

  • By The Body Sanctum Team
  • 15 Jul, 2017

Pre-existing injuries, a shaky first day on the slopes or bambi-like legs getting back into the ski season?

With the Queenstown ski season fully flourishing, there are plenty of reasons why massage, now more than ever, should be your best friend… Our expert massage therapists at Body Sanctum have compiled a list of 10 key benefits of massage for all of you seasonnaires/newbies/holiday-makers out there enjoying New Zealand’s finest Alpine resort location.

Luckily for you, we’re here with a brand new ‘Skiers Relief’ package  to retune your muscles, speed-up your recovery time and get you back out there to continue shredding. The ‘Skiers Relief’ is a whole n’other level of apres-ski massage: Deep tissue massage, focussing on your sore areas, combined with soothing aromatherapy oils and a magical cream to calm inflammation (Antiflamme) will give you all the feels. Heated beds, steaming hot towels, cozy blankets and warm toasty rooms will leave you feeling like a marshmallow on a bed of clouds...

Common Skiing Injuries

Skiing happens to be one of the most injury-ridden recreational sports that many of us enjoy on a regular basis. How many of you have experienced that twisted-knee injury? Knee injuries actually make up about 35%* of all skiing-related injuries and happen all too easily, even if you weren’t shredding it down the slopes… Aside from other common injuries like sprained thumbs, wrists, shoulders and of course the broken collar bone (all of which you should definitely go to hospital for), we see bruises in their multitudes, sore backs, tight leg muscles and overworked bodies in general.

Preventing Skiing Injuries

Easier said than done... Try getting yourself into better shape before hitting the slopes. Attempting 14 runs on day one (like I did) without any prior exercise, results in some serious leg burn and glutes that feel like you’ve been forced to perform a thousand squats in under a minute. Enhancing your flexibility, strength, endurance, cardio and balance will definitely give you the edge. Even so though, nothing can quite prepare you for the early-season aches, no matter how experienced you are!

Look familiar? Early season injuries are certainly not few and far between, I achieved this little beauty on day one of hitting the slopes this year, pounding my body to complete 14 runs... Cue massage.

If there’s one thing you should definitely be doing, even at home, it’s massage. Staying injury free is the best way to enjoy the entire season or your ski holiday (obviously) and massage is the perfect end to a hard day out on the slopes, soothing those aching muscles and getting you back into shape to get you back onto the slopes for the next day. It’s actually very important to nip those aches in the bud to prevent more serious injuries so read on for our top 10 benefits and then give us a call to see how a post-ski massage will change your world…

10 Benefits of Massage

  1. Reduce muscle soreness and tension - remedial massage therapies like sports massage and deep tissue massage can help to relax tense and tired muscles.
  2. Reduce recovery time - Deep tissue massage reduces muscle recovery time, allowing you to get back out there!
  3. Improve flexibility - Relaxing the muscles through massage can limber you up helping to prevent common injuries.
  4. Improve circulation - Swedish massage techniques improve blood flow, ultimately aiding muscles recovery.
  5. Improve joints and range of motion - Sports massage techniques target specific tissues and ligaments around your joints increasing your mobility.
  6. Increase relaxation and sleep quality - We all know that massage is great for relaxation, the warm environment and hot oils relax both your body and mind bit during and after the massage.
  7. Reduce anxiety - The therapeutic benefits of massage can have a calming effect for any anxieties you may be dealing with.
  8. Reduce blood pressure - Swedish massage can help to improve heart health.
  9. Improve body awareness (proprioception) - Massage can help improve body awareness, giving you greater control over those flailing limbs as you tumble down the slopes.
  10. Promote connective tissue healing - Any increase in recovery time will help you get back out there.
Stats from the * American Massage Therapy Association ,

Massage Styles at Body Sanctum

Swedish Massage 

A traditional Swedish relaxation massage using long & flowing, kneading strokes, leaving you with an overall sense of wellbeing.

Remedial and Sports Massage

Remedial massage therapy is aimed at looking deeper into recovery methods and getting you back on track with movement and range of motion. It's effective to prevent and treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness.

Deep Tissue Massage

A customized massage for the active athlete or individual wanting more detailed body work on specific muscle groups.

Massage can have huge benefits pre, during and post skiing. In our opinion, it’s essential if you’re keen to

a. Look after your body and

b. Be able to get peak performance in for the whole season or holiday.

Warming up and loosening muscles before hitting the slopes and relieving the aches and pains post-ski is a no-brainer! Your body will thank you, we promise.

Call us to pre-book your massage or pop in to experience the best massage in Queenstown.
By The Body Sanctum Team 15 Jul, 2017

With the Queenstown ski season fully flourishing, there are plenty of reasons why massage, now more than ever, should be your best friend… Our expert massage therapists at Body Sanctum have compiled a list of 10 key benefits of massage for all of you seasonnaires/newbies/holiday-makers out there enjoying New Zealand’s finest Alpine resort location.

Luckily for you, we’re here with a brand new ‘Skiers Relief’ package  to retune your muscles, speed-up your recovery time and get you back out there to continue shredding. The ‘Skiers Relief’ is a whole n’other level of apres-ski massage: Deep tissue massage, focussing on your sore areas, combined with soothing aromatherapy oils and a magical cream to calm inflammation (Antiflamme) will give you all the feels. Heated beds, steaming hot towels, cozy blankets and warm toasty rooms will leave you feeling like a marshmallow on a bed of clouds...

By The Body Sanctum Team 30 Jun, 2017

Massage therapy has been used for many centuries as a form of healing, contributing to improvements in health, reducing stress and relieving muscle tension alongside many more. Many mums-to-be often have to go through periods of stress and pain without being able to take many forms of medication, fortunately, prenatal massage offers a natural method for easing some of those common pregnancy discomforts.

Our guests are always asking us questions surrounding massage throughout pregnancy, so we’ve put together some information and some key benefits of massage therapy for both mum and bump. As prenatal massage can be hugely beneficial in a woman’s prenatal care, our aim is to offer you as much advice as possible to help you feel confident and comfortable when coming into our Spa for your pregnancy massage.

By The Body Sanctum Team 20 Jun, 2017
DONNA'S FAVOURITE - PURE FIJI LIP BALM

To continue our award-winning Pure Fiji month celebration, we asked our beauty therapists to pick a favourite from the product range. This week was Senior Beauty Therapist Donna's pick and here's why...

As we approach winter, our skin starts to change. The air is colder and unable to hold moisture as well as warm air does and to add to this, your lips don’t have oil glands like the rest of our skin, so they dry out far easier (this is also how we can spot dehydration a mile off!)

Luckily, Pure Fiji have an amazing lip balm that helps protect and nourish your lips leaving them feeling soft and moisturized. Rich in macadamia nut oil it’s an essential winter must-have.

Available at our Day Spa in Queenstown and Beauty Lounge Frankton for only $12.
By The Body Sanctum Team 29 May, 2017
It's official, the BEST Body Treatment available in New Zealand RIGHT NOW is the Pure Fiji Sugar Glow as voted for in this years NZ Best in Beauty Awards. The awards received almost 200,000 public votes and we fully agree with all of those other Pure Fiji product lovers!

Can we tempt you into experiencing this award-winning treatment for yourself and perhaps even convert you into a Pure Fiji lover too? We stock a bountiful range of Pure Fiji products, so you can take home a slice of the Pure Fiji heaven...

Our PARADISE BODY GLOW Treatment offers you 45 minutes of Pure Fiji bliss at just $75.
A Full body exfoliation using coconut sugar cane scrub refining and re-energising your skin cells. A luxurious all over smoothing and softening treatment for your body.

Give us a call on +64 3 442 4336, book online using the BOOK NOW link, or send us an email to make a booking - info@bodysanctum.co.nz
By The Body Sanctum Team 05 May, 2017
Make this Mother's Day an extra special one with our ' Luxury Escape ' Spa Package. Treat your Mum, a Mum-to-be or yourself (!) to 90 mins of pure indulgence from head to toe and take home a  Pure Fiji gift box for free.

The Luxury Escape will take you into a world of relaxation with a foot soak & scrub, hydrating facial treatment and a de-stressing back massage.

PRICE: $185
+ FREE Pure Fiji gift box (worth $28!)

BOOK NOW!
Body Sanctum Day Spa Queenstown on +64  3 442 4336
By The Body Sanctum Team 06 Apr, 2017

Choose from a 1 or 2 hour Spa Experience... depending on how much time you have spare!

A LITTLE PEACE & QUIET $180 - 2hrs
Valued at $245
A full body relaxation massage followed by our hydrating spa facial. 2hrs of pure relaxation.

ME TIME $99 - 1hr
Valued at $130
A 30 minute relaxing massage followed by an express facial. Ideal for those who want to relax but are limited on time.

Call +64 3 442 4336 to book at Body Sanctum Day Spa, Queenstown town centre.

Call +64 3 442 2261 for the Beauty Lounge, Frankton.

Offer valid until April 30th 2017. Terms & Conditions apply.

By The Body Sanctum Team 02 Feb, 2017
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, allow us to spoil you or a loved one with our special 'Heaven for your Honey' spa package.

Enjoy a foot soak, scrub and massage using the delicious Pure Fiji sugar rub and coconut body butter. This will be followed by a relaxing back neck and shoulder massage and completed with a heavenly Indian Head massage using Pure Fiji exotic oil. 1hr of romantic bliss, just $89per person this February. Couples massage rooms only available at Body Sanctum Day Spa, Queenstown.

Call 03 442 4336 to make a reservation at Body Sanctum Day Spa, Queenstown .

Gift Vouchers are also available online or in store.
By The Body Sanctum Team 17 Dec, 2016

We would like to say a big  THANK YOU to all our wonderful clients who have supported us throughout the year.
We wish you and your families a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Body Sanctum Day Spa will be open every day throughout the holiday season with the exception of Christmas Day. On all days over the holiday period that are not statutory holidays we will be open our usual business hours (9am-9pm Monday to Sunday).

On statutory holidays we will be open from 11am to 7pm.
There will be no surcharges over the holiday season.

Still thinking of gift ideas?
We have Gift Vouchers available in store and  online .

By The Body Sanctum Team 28 Jun, 2016
Ranked amongst the worlds’ adventure capitals, there’s an almost unlimited supply of great things to in Queenstown, New Zealand. Whether you are looking for an exhilarating adventure experience or some peace and relaxation amongst stunning alpine scenery, Queenstown has it all. For visitors who want to experience the best of both worlds, how about trying an unforgettable half day canyoning trip with Canyoning New Zealand in the morning, followed by a restful afternoon at Queenstown’s’ Body Sanctum Spa. Experience these two very different Queenstown activities and make the most of your visit to the South Island.
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