Maria Pena – Massage

Sports Massage Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage and Swedish/holistic

Mobile: 07904 560 591


About Maria

My name is Maria and I am a fully qualified ITEC massage therapist specialising in deep tissue and sports massage.  I trained at St Mary’s University in Twickenham and The London School of Massage in North London.

In addition to my private work, I work part-time for a chiropractors in Caversham, Reading with a great team of massage therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. I have also gained valuable experience by working for the complementary therapy team at The Disability Foundation (TDF) which is based at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex.

TDF is a registered charity that provides complementary therapy services to disabled people, anyone suffering from a chronic health issue or medical condition, and to those involved in their care.

Sports Massage

There will be a brief consultation and posture analysis on your first visit.  This will help to identify any areas of concern or injuries you may have.

During a posture analysis an assessment is taken from the feet to the top of your head, looking at the following:

  • Muscular and skeletal alignment
  • Postural symmetry left and right
  • Flexibility and length of all muscle groups

This will be followed by treatment.  Various techniques such as deep tissue massage, muscle energy techniques and active or passive stretching are used.  The pressure can be quite deep but should never be too painful.  Some recommendations on stretching or strengthening exercises may be given and recommendations for a treatment plan if needed.

Deep tissue massage and Swedish massage

Alongside the sports massage I also offer a deep tissue or relaxing Swedish massage.  These do not need to have a posture analysis taken but are still a great way to relax the body, release any tension in tight muscles and restore balance.

See Maria’s post on the importance of Posture, and why Sports massage is not just for sports people!

Professional Training and Qualifications

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage (Swedish massage)

ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage (currently working towards ITEC Level 5 Diploma in Sports Massage)

I am also qualified in Deep Tissue Massage, Pregnancy massage and Massage for Cancer Care

For more details see Maria’s website.