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The Sports Injury Clinic at SWEAT Southsea

With Sports Therapy, Sports Massage Therapy, Functional Movement Screening and Pilates all on offer, SWEAT Southsea aims to become one of the leading destinations in Portsmouth for the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injury.


SWEAT Southsea offers treatment and rehabilitation services with a spacious and comfortable treatment room and use of a private gym. This combination makes the Sports Injury Clinic at SWEAT Southsea one of the best choices in Portsmouth and Southsea for injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. We are working hard to ensure the team is one of the most knowledgable, dedicated and talented you could wish to find.

Meet the Injury Clinic Team

Sport Therapist and APPI Pilates instructor Alexandra Cunningham

Sport Therapist and APPI Pilates instructor Alexandra Cunningham

Alexandra Cunningham is a highly qualified and recommended Sports Therapist and Rehabilitator. She has recently finished her MSc degree in Sports Rehabilitation from St. Mary’s University Twickenham alongside working full time in a busy clinic. Alex is also a Graduate Sports Therapist BSc (Hons) from the University of Chichester and has full membership with the Society of Sports Therapists. Since graduating from Chichester, Alex has worked with a number of sports persons and in an array of environments including footballers, high level athletes and triathletes, swimmers and gym goers to name a few.

As well as being a Sports Therapist, Alex is also currently training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and is fully accredited with the APPI to teach Clinical Pilates and is available for 1-1 Pilates at SWEAT Southsea.

Sports Therapist George Rentoul

Sports Therapist George Rentoul

George Rentoul graduated in 2016 from the University of Chichester with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Therapy. During and since University George has gained experience in both the clinical and pitch side environments and has worked with several elite athletes from Team GB. George provides pitch side Sports Therapy for Portsmouth Grammar School, St Johns College, Portsmouth University and Hampshire RFU. George is a keen sportsman who is interested in Rugby, Football, Athletics and Weight Lifting. He has played rugby since a young age and played at an elite level representing Hampshire and London Irish. George has been subjected to numerous injuries and understands the physical and psychological implications an injury can have on an individual whether that being in a sporting or occupational environment. George believes that everyone deserves the same standard of treatment and rehabilitation no matter their background or ability.

Personal Trainer & Sports Massage Therapist Yasmin Antonia

Personal Trainer & Sports Massage Therapist Yasmin Antonia

Yasmin Antonia is a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist. 

Yasmin is also a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualified in Exercise Referral, and will be starting her Master's Degree studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth in September.

Yasmin is focused on gaining knowledge and understanding in all aspects of sport and exercise and keeps up with new developments in research so that she can provide the best information and advice to her clients.

STOTT Pilates instructor Amanda Miller

STOTT Pilates instructor Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller is a STOTT Pilates instructor trained at the International STOTT HQ in Toronto, Canada.

STOTT Pilates is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. This form of Pilates incorporates modern exercise principles and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. 

Amanda is keen to work with people to help with their athletic conditioning, injury rehabilitation and improve their mind-body connection to create a more holistic view of physical training and enjoying life. Since joining the team Amanda has partnered with some of the city's leading injury specialists. 

Clinic Times

Alexandra, Sports Therapy, Pregnancy Massage and 1-1 APPI Pilates: Thursday's and Saturday's

George, Sports Therapy: Tuesday's, Wednesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's

Yasmin, Sports Massage Therapy: Monday's and Friday's

Amanda, 1-1 STOTT Pilates: Monday's, Friday's and Saturday's

Conditions we treat:

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

Services and treatments:

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

Sports Therapy and Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at SWEAT Southsea

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. The days of bed rest are 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.

Sports Massage Therapy

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

Photo of sports massage therapy at SWEAT Southsea, Portsmouth

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.

STOTT Pilates with Amanda Miller


STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates.

This form of Pilates, as taught by Amanda Miller incorporates modern exercise principles, and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. After realising the benefits of the concepts of the original Pilates method, and in collaboration with a team of physical therapists, physiotherapists, sports medicine and exercise professionals, the Merrithews dissected and re-connected this unique form of exercise into a comprehensive, systematic, contemporary approach to the original teachings. STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilization, and integration of all the parts of the body into one. As well, preparatory exercises and modifications allow the technique to be appropriate for many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to sport-specific training and everyday life.

How will Pilates benefit me? Pilates will help you build strength in your core muscles and can help you improve your posture, balance and flexibility. Many athletes use Pilates in their exercise regime to strengthen and to help prevent injury but Pilates can benefit everybody regardless of fitness levels with adaptions of exercises to suit.

Pregnancy Massage with Alexandra Cunningham

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:

  • 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

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

Clinic Times

Alexandra, Sports Therapy, Pregnancy Massage and 1-1 APPI Pilates: Thursday's and Saturday's

George, Sports Therapy: Tuesday's, Wednesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's

Yasmin, Sports Massage Therapy: Monday's and Friday's

Amanda, 1-1 STOTT Pilates: Monday's, Friday's and Saturday's

Please note, booking is required in advance and 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.

The Sports Injury Clinic at SWEAT Southsea

Terms and conditions and useful information

We are located at: 166 Haslemere Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 9AS

Therapy clients should wear or bring shorts.

Gift vouchers are available upon request.

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.

We have private bathrooms, complete with showers for your comfort. All of our facilities are fully accessible. Our gym is a mobile phone-free zone. Lockers are provided for personal items. We request all clients wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Cooled water is available for clients.

Getting here by car: We are located at 166 Haslemere Road in a residential area. No parking permits are required. 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. Getting here with UBER: Sign up with CODE SWEATFIT15 for a free £15 ride! (First time users only)



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