Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and Sports Massage

With Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Sports Massage Therapy and 1-1 Pilates all on offer, SWEAT Southsea is one of the leading destinations for the prevention, assessment and treatment of injury and rehabilitation.


SWEAT Southsea offers treatment and rehabilitation services with two spacious and comfortable treatment rooms and use of a private, functional gym. This combination makes the Sports Injury Clinic at SWEAT Southsea one of the best choices in Portsmouth and Southsea for the prevention, assessment and treatment of injury and for rehabilitation.

We've worked hard to ensure the team is one of the most knowledgable, dedicated and talented you could wish to find.


  • Joint mobility and stiffness
  • Back and neck pain
  • Trapped nerves
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage/meniscal problems
  • Poor posture
  • Tendon issues inc. tennis elbow and achilles tendinopathy 
  • Ligament damage including ankle sprains and ACL
  • Slipped discs
  • Shoulder, knee and ankle injuries
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches and migraines

Services and treatments:

  • Sports Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Massage Therapy
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Private, semi-private and small group Pilates
  • Private, semi-private and small group Yoga
  • Pre and Post Operative Rehabilitation
  • Post Road Traffic Accident
  • Movement screening
  • Injury prevention planning and prehabilitation
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Return to play fitness testing
  • Gait analysis
  • Myofascial release (MFR)

Book in using the form below. If you're unsure which of our team you should see for treatment, please do not hesitate to ask for our guidance.

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 Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at SWEAT Southsea

Sports Therapy and Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Sports Therapy offers an active and integrated recovery from injury and pain. Whether you have been injured running, playing sport, in the gym or injured at work, Sports Therapy can help. If you have pain or simply want to move better, we can help with the days of bed rest long gone.

In the early stages of rehabilitation after an injury or an operation, the aim is to protect the area from further harm, promote tissue healing and allow recovery. We will guide you through this process, with advice and treatment designed to allow healing, reduction of pain and restoration of movement. After a full and thorough consultation, a comprehensive biomechanical and movement assessment will be performed and any joint and muscle imbalances assessed. Then an individualised rehab program will be tailored to address any movement deficiencies and dysfunctions that might be contributing to your pain or injury. A combination of therapeutic techniques is used including soft-tissue and manual therapy techniques and taping where appropriate. Once pain is gone and biological healing has occurred, we emphasise an active, integrated, performance-based approach to rehab orientated towards a return to full activity at the highest possible level for you. By focusing on what you can do, not what you can’t, allowing as much as possible to train around an injury, the path to recovery starts as early as possible.

Did you know? Sports Therapy is not a protected title in the same way Physiotherapy is. Our Sports Therapists Hollie and Lexie are University graduate Sports Therapists with formal education and qualifications. But, as it stands currently, anyone can use the title. The Society of Sports Therapists, of which Hollie and Lexie are both full members, lead the campaign to the Health Professions Council to protect the title so that it can be regulated.

 Photo of sports massage therapy at SWEAT Southsea, Portsmouth

Sports Massage Therapy

Balance is key in life and when exercising its important to give back to the body.

When we train and exercise we are breaking down the body. The body is in a catabolic state, using not only energy stores but hormones as well. Aiming to be at 100% means we need homeostasis (balance of hormones). This is difficult when our lifestyles are hectic but it is important to remember that our body functions with no questions to why and without barriers. It’s a powerful machine and we need it to keep up with us. To do so, recovery is essential, meaning creating an anabolic state, where the body repairs and restores, enabling progress in performance both physically and mentally. So what can help us? We use our skeletal muscles to exercise and when doing so, invite 'Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness'. Sports massage can help alleviate 'DOMS' and in hand speed up recovery aiding the rate of progression in performance. By increasing the flow of blood through blood vessels, waste products can be taken away to lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are cleaners, and therefore their job is to excrete waste products from the blood stream if unable to diffuse back into the capillaries. With this promotion of blood circulation through massage, tissue regeneration, reduction in adhesions (caused through repetitive movement, reducing flexibility) and enhanced immunity by stimulating lymph flow are just some physiological benefits. Psychological benefits can be experienced too. A sports massage will indicate a message/s to the central nervous system picked up from the peripheral nervous system (sensors: touch). This message will slowly enable the muscles to enter a deeper relaxation by triggering the golgi tendon organs, telling the muscles to switch off and lengthen. Whilst in this state the body will experience a decrease in function; this is called a parasympathetic response. A parasympathetic response is known to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller and a ‘feel good’ hormone. Your body will feel lighter, more flexible and more importantly well recovered. Massage therapy is a powerfull ally in your exercise regime.

Pregnancy Massage

For mums to be, a prenatal routine can be daunting, and pregnancy massage often not thought of. But pregnancy massage can help ease back pain, swollen legs and fatigue. Benefits include:

 Pregnancy massage is tailored specifically to the needs of the pregnant woman and their changing bodies.

Pregnancy massage is tailored specifically to the needs of the pregnant woman and their changing bodies.

  • A reduction in discomfort through muscle spasm, cramp, tension and back ache.
  • Stimulate soft tissue to reduce swelling, often seen as swollen ankles in pregnancy and disperse fluid retention.
  • Boost energy levels and relieve fatigue
  • Promote relaxation and reduce stress
  • Ease digestive problems
  • Improve circulation and enhance blood flow to the womb
  • Encourage a healthy and strong internal environment for the baby to grow in
  • Promote homeostasis or balance when bodily systems are working harmoniously
  • Sciatic pain
  • Pregnancy massage can also help improve quality of sleep and provide relief from headaches

Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy

 Hollie Charles

Hollie Charles

Hollie graduated from the University of Chichester in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Therapy. Whilst studying, Hollie completed a full time placement year at Southampton Football Club providing pitch side care and injury rehabilitation to elite football players and is now in her third season at the club. Hollie is also first team Therapist Conference South side Bognor Regis Town FC. Hollie enjoys combining manual Sports Therapy techniques with gym-based and sport specific exercises to return patients to, or exceed, pre-injury fitness and skill levels. Hollie is also keen to work with non-injured clients to achieve their specific goals and educate about injury prevention along the way.

  • Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)
  • Level 2 fitness instructor
  • Member of The Society of Sports Therapists
  • Enrolled in Biomechanics Trainer qualification
 Lexie Cunningham

Lexie Cunningham

Lexie is a highly qualified Sports Therapist gaining her MSc degree in Sports Rehabilitation from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. Alex is a graduate Sports Therapist BSc (Hons) from the University of Chichester and has full membership with the Society of Sports Therapists. Lexie is also accredited with the APPI to teach Clinical Pilates. The APPI have created a unique program of rehabilitation based Pilates programs which are highly regarded around the world.  Alex believes the best treatment is movement. Alex believes it is important to treat the body as a whole, and not just focus on the symptom of pain; looking at the cause and compensations to treat musculoskeletal injuries. 

  • Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Rehabilitation MSc
  • APPI Clinical Pilates
  • Member of The Society of Sports Therapists
  • Qualified in pregnancy massage
  • Training in pre and post natal Pilates
 Sam Moss

Sam Moss

Sam is specialist Physiotherapist with over 8 years experience and her unique approach to treatment brings together your goals, lifestyle and wellbeing, to not just recover, but thrive. Sam qualified with an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia and subsequently worked in the NHS for 6 years, becoming a Lead Physiotherapist across musculoskeletal, surgical and respiratory specialisms.  Sam has a wealth of experience working with people who have had orthopaedic surgery, long term back pain, whiplash injuries, post-operative conditions, dysfunctional breathing to endurance athletes.

  • Physiotherapy MSc
  • APPI Pilates instructor
  • Special Interest in Spinal Health with cognitive functional therapy
  • Yoga teacher
  • Member of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine

166 Haslemere Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 9AS

Therapy clients should wear or bring shorts.

Gift vouchers are available upon request.

Address: 166 Haslemere Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 9AS

Getting here by car: We are located at 166 Haslemere Road, a permit-free residential zone.

Getting here by train: We are a ten minute walk from Fratton train station. 

Getting here by bicycle: We have plenty of cycle rack space in our lobby; please bring your own locks.*

Changing: We have two private bathrooms, complete with showers for your comfort.  Small lockers are available for valuables*

  • *All property including cycles are left at owners risk.
  • All of our facilities are fully accessible.
  • Our gym is a mobile phone-free zone.
  • We request all clients wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Cooled water is available for clients. 

Please note that booking is required in advance and that we operate a 24 hour cancellation policy. We reserve the right to charge you for a late cancellation should you be unable to notify us within the 24 hours.