Massage Watford

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Lucas Hovorka BTEC/Edexcel (Dip.) NLSSM (Dip.) is an experienced sports massage therapist with seven years of experience  based in Watford. Lucas offers a variety of treatments suitable for amateur and professional sports people, office workers, musicians, dancers…  Lucas believes sports and deep-tissue massage is critical to helping clients overcome problems caused by muscle tension, injury, stress, bad posture and over training.

Specialist Treatments

  • Sports & Remedial massage
  • Deep-tissue massage
  • Soft tissue release
  • Muscle energy technique
  • Neuromuscular technique
  • Gait analysis
  • Posture assessment
  • Home care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stretching technique
  • Exercise prescriptions


  • Level 4 BTEC Diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy, NLSSM
  • Seated chair massage (NLSSM CPD Course)
  • Pregnancy and postnatal massage (NLSSM CPD Course)
  • ITC First Aid for Sport


  • SMA – Level 4 Member of the Sport Massage Association
  • Balens – Full practitioner insurance


Sports massage therapist at Lucas Massage Therapy from September 2010 – Present

• Provide sports & remedial and deep- tissue massage therapy focused on client’s needs and goals. Therapy plan is  customized to client’s injuries and complaints following complete assessment and interview.
• Prescribe clients with exercise plans, best advice and  home care based on customized treatment plan.

Sports massage therapist at Pump Gyms, Body Works Therapeutic at Fitness First, GOA – Great Outdoor Adventurers, Pressure Point, Back to Health Wellness Centre.

Skills & Endorsements

Stretching, Rehabilitation, Neuromuscular, Sports injuries, Trigger Point Therapy, Exercise Prescription, Gait Analysis, Posture, Home Care, Pathology, Compression, Friction, Effleurage, Petrissage, Vibration, MET-Muscle Energy Techniques, PIR – Post Isometric Contraction, STR – Soft Tissue Release, Trigger Point, Neuromuscular Technique, Posture Assessment, Anatomy & Physiology,  Functional Anatomy – ROM.


upper back pain, lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, rotator cuff injuries, muscle strains, sprain injuries, hip pain, tension headaches, knee injuries, tennis elbow, foot pain, piriformis, shin splints, whiplash, poor muscle activation, elbow pain, wrist pain, muscle compensation patterns, muscle imbalance, postural problems, RSI (repetitive strain injury), chronic pain, tiredness & stress, headache & migraine, sciatica, slipped disc, leg pain.

Massage Watford

Massage has always been used as an aid to health, and by all manner of people. From mothers for children’s ailments, to nurses in respiratory care, and to osteopaths and medical massage therapists treating all types of conditions, Massage is used because it is effective. Not only is it a therapeutically useful technique, but it is also a very popular treatment. Subjectively it is known that massage feels good. Another bonus is that massage can be used to treat or relive a very wide variety of conditions. Perhaps not always as the main prescriptive medicine, but as a strong adjunct. Clients turn to massage therapists for many reasons. Obviously, sports massage has developed for sports people, and it is universally accepted. Massage can be helpful for musculo-skeletal injuries. Massage therapy is also widely used for such wide-ranging conditions. As anxiety, depression, palliative cancer care, Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Arthritis, Constipation, Headache, Migraine, Multiple sclerosis and Insomnia. Whether the object is to use specific massage techniques to attend to specific dysfunctions and injuries. The object is to generate a relaxation effect. The therapy is more than useful and always will be considered to be so.

Maintenance massage Watford

Maintenance massage in Watford is for the ongoing and regular treatment of muscle tension and soreness due to chronic repetitive stress from an athlete’s particular sport. It is generally a 30 to 90 minute session in which I focus specifically on body areas. I can also perform a full body massage, depending on the needs of the client at the time of the session. The therapeutic techniques are anatomically directed to the muscles, fascia and ligaments. The focus of maintenance massage follows the general application of working from general to specific, then superficial to deep, and according to the needs of my client. When determining the specific needs of my client as an athlete, I must first consider whether the activity is lower-or upper body dominant or a combination of both. For example, cycling, which is a lower-body dominant sport with some upper-body stress points. In a 60 minutes maintenance massage session, I would warm the tissues with basic massage strokes. I devote approximately half the massage to the lower-body muscles and spend the rest of the session addressing the back, neck and chest areas as they are also used then cycling.

Restorative massage Watford

Restorative massage in Watford, also called curative massage and post recovery massage. It takes place 6 to 72 hours after the athletic performance. The purpose of restorative massage is to increase circulation and restore the normal resting length of muscles. During an athletic event, some muscles contract  repeatedly, usually with a lot of force. After the event, the muscles that have been contracting can easily develop a shorter resting length. Unless they are lengthened and their antagonistic muscles are activated. Restorative massage is the perfect opportunity to lengthen the muscles that were particularly active during the event and to stretch the fascia that surrounds those muscles.

Restorative massage to increase circulation and restore normal resting length to the muscles.

  • Usually in a treatment room
  • Performed 6 to 72 hours after the event
  • Clients are usually undressed and modestly draped
  • 30 to 60 minutes treatment
  • Using effleurage, petrissage, compression, range of motion and stretches
  • Focus on the major muscles used in the athletic event
  • Using lubricant

Restorative massage typically takes place in a standard massage treatment room.