Are YOU starting to prepare for the City2Surf on Sunday, 8th August 2021?

Book today for pre-event sessions with our qualified team members, to give you that extra edge  to beat Heartbreak Hill!

Keep an eye out for City2Surf news about the big day on the City2Surf website or on their FaceBook page.

And after the big day, book in for post-event sessions to aid your recovery.

Our qualified and professional therapists can address issues such as ACL injuries, foot pain, plantar fasciitis, sports injuries and personal fitness.

Qualified. Indemnified. Experienced.

Lisa Jason Nicki
Sports Massage X X
Remedial Massage X X X
Physiotherapy X
K-Taping X X X

Minimum time requirement prior to booking

We do require online bookings to be made at least 10 hours before the desired appointment time. To make an appointment closer than that, please phone our Clinic.


Get yourself a discount with a Visitors Guide selfie!

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Visitors Guide

IC Sports Therapies are in this year’s Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Visitors Guide.

We’re putting it out there (along with many other local businesses) and you can benefit with this simple way to earn a discount at our clinic.

How to earn your discount

Take a selfie of yourself with our advert in the Bush Telegraph’s The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Visitors Guide and share it with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or your favourite other social media (or just bring it in to us at the Clinic) and you’ll get a 10% discount* off your next treatment.

How we care for your Sports Therapy needs:

along with numerous other services and modalities.

The Visitors Guide

The guide is a regional Visitors Guide, encompassing the Ku-ring-gai district as well as Hornsby Shire and the Hawkesbury.

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Visitors Guide (HKVG) is more than a guide for visitors, it is a treasure trove of exciting places and beauty spots to be enjoyed by all.

Use the information in the HKVG to maximise your fun discovering what this exquisite region, encompassing waterways, foreshores, bushland, urban and rural getaways, has to offer – especially the services we offer!

We urge you to support us, as one of the numerous wonderful local businesses featured in this Guide, as you explore the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai region.


*Offer valid until the end of June 2019.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy

Hot stone massage

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage therapy utilises both hot and cold stones, incorporated with massage techniques, in order to bring about a feeling of deep relaxation and well-being. The hot stones are usually volcanic rocks such as basalt and cold stones are marble or cool sedimentary stones. The stones are heated or chilled to varying temperatures and come in all shapes and sizes. The stones are placed on the client according to their needs and, when used with massage, can provide benefits that are not possible through normal massage.
Stone therapy is a thermotherapy, using stones to provide both heat and cold and the combination of alternating temperatures can be very beneficial. The heated volcanic stones are used on key acupressure sites and the heat relaxes the muscles, allowing for a much deeper massage. Alternatively, the stones can be used as a kind of “place marker”, letting the therapist know where more specific massage or treatments are needed.
The stones come in different shapes and sizes and the therapist will select the stones according to your needs.[1]


Here are some benefits[2] of getting a hot stone massage:

  1. Helps relieve muscle tension and pain
  2. Reduces stress and anxiety
  3. Promotes sleep
  4. May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases
  5. May help decrease cancer symptoms
  6. May boost immunity

At IC Sports Therapies

We are pleased to advise that we are able to offer Hot Stone Massage as an extra treatment modality at our clinic.


Our Services and Prices

Effective 1st March 2024, our pricing schedule is as follows:

Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Lymphatic Drainage (Nicki)$90/Short (~25min), $130/Long (~55min), $185/X-Long (~85min)
Remedial Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage (Lisa)$70/Short (~25min),$110/Long (~55min),$140/X-Long (~85min)
Physiotherapy (Jason)$95/~30min,$150/Extended (~55 mins)
Sports Massage (Jason)$95/~30min, $125/Long (~55min)
Pilates one-on-one$60 (~45min)
Hot Stone Massage$120/~hr
Shockwave Therapy$90/15mins
Low Level Laser Therapy$90/15mins
Moor Therapyfrom $90/hr
Postural Assessment$90
Balance Assessment$90
Management & Treatment of Sports InjuriesP.O.A.
Sports & Postural Tapingfrom $10
Sports Trainer Coveragefrom $50/hr
Sports Event Risk Assessmentfrom $80/hr
Sports First Aid SuppliesSee our online shop
Sports Strapping (on customer site)P.O.A.
Sports Taping Training / First Aid Trainingmin. 6 participants

Concession Rates are also available.

We accept most payment methods.

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For new clients

About treatment at IC Sports Therapies

Thank you for choosing IC Sports Therapies for your treatment.
We are committed to facilitating your recovery in a timely, safe, and enjoyable manner.

About you

Treatment plans are crucial for us to ensure you are best equipped to participate in the process.
It is important for us to find out key things about you, such as:

  • Anything which may make treatment difficult: e.g. hearing or visual difficulties.
  • Conditions which may impact on the effectiveness of your treatment: blood thinners, allergies, hypersensitivities, etc.
  • Diagnostic test results e.g. X-rays, M.R.I.s, C.T. scans (bring them along).
  • Whether you are currently ill, especially if your condition may affect others e.g. COVID-19

Preparing for treatment

Please complete our online Coronavirus Liability Release Form before coming in, and arrive approximately 10 minutes early so you are relaxed and able to complete paperwork.
We are an “on-time” practice. Please advise us if you are running late.
If you are unwell on the day of treatment  please let us know PRIOR to your appointment, with as much notice as possible. We will mutually decide whether you should reschedule.

Treatment is provided at the discretion of the staff of IC Sports Therapies. Any conduct which, in the opinion of the therapist, breaches Clinic Code of Conduct, will result in treatment being declined. This includes but is not limited to the consumption of alcohol, drugs, or medication which alters perception, prior to treatment.

For Massage and Physiotherapy treatment, please ensure you drink some water an hour before treatment. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and minimal jewellery. Remove rings and bars from piercings located in areas to be treated.

During Treatment

Feel free to ask whatever questions you need to concerning the treatment you are having.
Please alert the therapist to any allergies or highlight any medical issue, to ensure your safety!

If at any time you feel uncomfortable, or the pain of treatment surpasses your threshold, or for any other reason, you may ask the therapist to stop what they are doing. The therapist will immediately cease what they are doing.

Post Treatment

For Massage and Physiotherapy:

Within 24 hours please let the clinic know how you are doing.
If there is any bruising bigger than a 50c piece and blue, purple or green in colour, please contact us immediately.
It is normal to experience some stiffness and soreness after massage. Pain that lasts longer than 48 hours should be reported to the clinic.

Book Lisa Barnes

Lisa’s role at our clinic is as a Remedial and Swedish Relaxation Massage Therapist. She practices deep relaxation massage, which prepares your muscles for function at optimum.

If you have travelled overseas in the last 14 days, please contact us before making your booking.


Minimum time requirement prior to booking

We do require online bookings to be made at least 10 hours before the desired appointment time. To make an appointment closer than that, please phone the Clinic.

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Lisa was amazing

Lisa was amazing, gave me a wonderful relaxation massage today, I will be back!! Highly recommended.

Natalie L St Ives IC Sports Therapies 24/06/2016





Bookings are recommended for all of our therapists, to ensure that you can be seen at a suitable time. Please book early, since demand is high.

If you or family members are at all unwell or have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, please contact us before making your booking.


Minimum time requirement prior to booking

We do require online bookings to be made at least 10 hours before the desired appointment time. To make an appointment closer than that, please phone the Clinic.

Our Team

Where Massage and Physiotherapy (and more) combine

Let our team enhance YOUR sports performance.

Our team members

​In no particular order…

Team Member Jason Maxworthy, Physiotherapist Jason Maxworthy, Physiotherapist

Jason is a passionate sports fan, in particular soccer and cricket, and has been playing for his local clubs for over 20 years. This passion and enjoyment for sport led him to becoming a Physiotherapist, to help others recover and get back into their sport as soon as possible. He has been treating a variety of patients for a couple of years now and has a real interest in knee and ankle injuries.

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Team Member Lisa Barnes, Remedial Massage Therapist Lisa Barnes, Remedial Massage Therapist

Lisa is an ex Commonwealth and Olympic games gymnast who has been involved in sport for most of her life as a competitor, coach or judge. She completed a Human Movement degree & Diploma of Education and was a PDHPE teacher for over 15 years. She is still heavily involved with primary school PE programs and has a Certificate IV in Massage Practice.

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Team Member Nicki Cooke, Principal Therapist  Nicki Cooke, Principal Therapist

Nicki has a passion for making people better. Using remedial, sports and lymphatic drainage massage, and combining her personal sporting experience and training, and over 25 years in practice, she is able to assist people to recover more quickly than is usually expected.

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Team member Steve Cooke, Practice Manager
Steve Cooke
 Stephen Cooke, Practice Manager

Steve has over 40 years experience creating and supporting IT and business systems. He holds two Bachelors degrees from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, majoring in English, Demography and Computer Science.

His responsibilities include administration, web site, blog, social media, online stores, and the IT systems for IC Sports Therapies.

Physiological and therapeutic effects of Massage

This post quotes extensively from an article (PDF) by Dr Geoffrey C. Goats (School of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK) in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume 28, Issue 3, 1994, which reviewed previous research into the effects of massage on blood flow and composition, oedema, connective tissue, muscle and the nervous system.


Massage – the scientific basis of an ancient art: part 2. Physiological and therapeutic effect

The physiological and therapeutic effects of massage are frequently questioned. This article reviews previous research into the effects of massage on blood flow and composition, oedema, connective tissue, muscle and the nervous system. Although further investigations are clearly required in certain areas, the discussion demonstrates that the use of massage in sports medicine can be justified according to orthodox scientific criteria.

Arterial blood flow

Massage dilates superficial blood vessels and increases the rate of blood flow. Massage appears to be better for improving blood flow than other techniques routinely used for the purpose. Tracer experiments have shown that effleurage, one of the least penetrating massage techniques, significantly increased blood flow.

Venous blood flow

Deep massage promotes venous return and will increase cardiac stroke volume.

Blood clotting

Thrombosis frequently results from poor venous return and can be prevented by massage.


Massage reduces swelling very effectively and is used widely for this purpose in sports therapy.

Connective tissue

Most sports therapists acknowledge that preliminary ‘warming up’ exercises are a necessary preparation for safe athletic activity. One comparative study weighed the efficacy of a standard athletic warm-up programme against massage or stretching exercises (and found that) massage had a significant beneficial effect (while) the  ‘warm-up’ exercises were least effective.


Muscle spasm is extremely uncomfortable, being both the product and the cause of pain. Massage reduces discomfort, relieves the associated muscle spasm and permits improved function.


Massage has traditionally been used to relieve pain, although research has only recently provided an acceptable physiological explanation of this observation. Massage produces short-lived analgesia by activating the ‘pain gate’ mechanism. Massage is a potent mechanical stimulus and a particularly effective trigger for the pain gate process.


Manual therapy is a well documented aid to relaxation. Physical relaxation, whether induced for enjoyment or the treatment of pain, can improve blood flow, reduce muscle tone and tension in connective tissue, and thus accelerate physical repair


Massage is an ancient therapy enjoying renewed interest, particularly in sports medicine. The techniques remain an art but research continues to clarify physiological mechanisms that underpin the various therapeutic effects. Massage is indicated in sports therapy when inflammation fails to resolve or healing is delayed, and when tissue drainage or perfusion appear inadequate. Shortened or adhered connective tissue can be mobilised and elongated. Massage will help to reduce pain, restore normal muscle activity and thus re-establish normal function. The close physical contact that massage requires between therapist and client facilitates accurate assessment of dysfunction. This is responsible, in part, for the therapeutic success of these techniques.
The contraindications to massage are few and primarily designed to prevent a precipitate drop in blood pressure or the spread of some harmful factor in the body fluids.
A safe, low-technology therapy, massage is a valuable treatment option poised to grow once again in importance as the scientific principles upon which it is founded are clarified.

Massage Therapy Can Help Low-Back Pain

In a study published in the February 2014 edition of Scientific World Journal, researchers investigated whether chronic low-back pain therapy with massage therapy alone was as effective as combining it with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. The study was conducted on 59 individuals divided into two groups, all of whom suffered from low-back pain and were diagnosed with degenerative changes of the spine, other intervertebral disc diseases or spine pain.

In both patient groups, the pain measured was significantly reduced and the level of disability showed significant improvement compared to the baseline.


Researchers concluded massage had a positive effect on patients with chronic low-back pain and propose that the use of massage causes fast therapeutic results and that, in practice, it could help to reduce the use of anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of chronic low-back pain.


Majchrzycki M, Kocur P, Kotwicki T. Deep tissue massage and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for low back pain: a prospective randomized trial. ScientificWorldJournal. 2014; 287597.