However, I decided to give Bodyneed Ponsonby a try. After several sessions I can honestly say that everything has completely changed. Together we painlessly worked out my specific trouble spots and she has released my muscles and improved my body more than any other practitioner I have ever been to in my life. Not only has her work allowed me to speed my running up by more than thirty seconds per kilometer, and completely improve my form and muscle engagement particularly when running hills, but at the same time she has inspired me and helped me to see my body as an advantage and positive attribute in everything I am striving to accomplish - I now believe I can set and accomplish any physical goal. I am officially a complete convert to sports massage - which in the past I have always dreaded due to the extreme pain I always personally experienced from it .
I would recommend the Bodyneed team to absolutely anyone looking to improve any aspect of their athletic life."
"I first came across bodyneed at the Total Sport Xterra Trail run series 2012 – my calves were in pretty bad shape and the crew referred me to the bodyneed clinic. I started with some sports massage – but my therapist referred me for extra treatment with the sports physio too – My calf problems were bad and not getting better on their own. I was gutted at having to see a physio because I was training for my first marathon – The Legend in September and didn’t want to stop. But my physio awesome – she understood (she’s a runner too) and didn’t make me stop for too long and gave me heaps of options to work with. I did physio and sports massage to fast track treatment – it worked – ran my first full marathon and then my second (Auckland) 2 weeks later. First duathlon a month after that. I didn’t believe in massage before all this – but now I won’t train without it especially in peak weeks – weekly sports massage sessions made a huge difference, and now I’m not scared of massage or physio! Off season now and I’m doing a multisport pilates class at bodyneed to keep me going – great way to get some stretching and core work in – ready for peak training at the end of this year and Coast to Coast 2014!"
"Every night I head to bodyneed for Pilates and recovery sessions. Bodyneed has an amazing new studio and lying on the carpet there post a big day is heavenly. The instructors are ruthlessly precise with their instruction and personalise the sessions to suit everyone’s separate needs. My run phase has given me these delightful tight calf muscles. Stretching these out every night has helped me sleep. Working full-time also limits my availability to get a massage in, however Shelley saved the day. I was hesitant to get a massage pre a big training day but Shelley came to the party and gave me a great loosen up. The following day I ran my fastest 400m to date."