MuscleMovement specialists in Sports Massage.
Susan Zwaagdijk established MuscleMovement in 1996. She believes that massage “assists athletes to maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system, optimal joint alignment and a balanced range of movement”.
We know how important it is to be able to trust the therapist you are seeing. Susan is NZQA qualified and belongs to two national bodies; Massage New Zealand and Sports Medicine New Zealand.
MuscleMovement’s mission is to understand human movement, translate this into optimal sporting performance supported by massage at a value allowing sports massage to be accessible and useful to every athlete.
Susan has been practicing sports massage for 22 years. Her formal training began in 1996 with the NZ College of Massage. In 2002 she graduated from the NZ College of Massage with a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage and in 2003 with a Diploma in Clinical Sports Massage. In 2018 she took her massage training to the highest level and graduated with a Bachelor in Health Studies, Neuromuscular Therapy, Level 7. She also has a Graduate Diploma from AUT in Sport & Exercise.
From 2006 to 2012 Susan was a key massage provider for High Performance Sport New Zealand. In this role, she provided sports massage for many of our elite athletes including Valerie Adams, Andrea Miller, Ryan Sissons to name a few. During this period, she was an integral member of the NZ Health team during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
Susan has also been heavily involved with cycling teams both in New Zealand and Australia. From 2004 to 2012 she was a contract massage therapist for BikeNZ and Drapac (an Australian men’s professional cycling team). During this time she travelled extensively with the teams throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.