Wednesday, June 10, 2009

With McFly in Buenos Aires – June 09

“Do you do sports massage ?”
That’s what Santi asked me on the phone last week.
“It’s for an English band arriving tomorrow! he said. “They’ve requested a sports massage therapist”.
OK … here I go.
The band turned out to be McFly.
Fun Friday night downstairs at La Trastienda with all the screaming girls above us. And a couple of satisfied customers .

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

workshops autumn 2009

April saw the first workshop of the year: THAI MASSAGE at Nancy Nakasato’s yoga centre in Belgrano. Glad to say it went very well.
May 2009 brings a DEEP STRETCHING masterclass.
Saturday 16th May
11 am to 1 pm
Deheza & Libertador
enrol at
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

ZOOM IN massage

ZOOM IN massage comes from my very own description of the kind of work I do. 
Working on site with professional dancers and athletes and crew members of international rock tours as well as with some personal clients who do recreational sport activities, I am constantly faced with the task of trying to alleviate pain / discomfort in one specific body area. The time available varies but as a therapist I need to have a number of tools to work in and around the area as well as be aware of the movements involved in the discipline / job. 
So whether I’m faced with an hour of “do my lower back” or a 10 minute dash of “ease my neck and shoulders” – this could be a 6 ft tall rigger, a 120 Kg porter (acrobat), a 5 ft / 50 Kg trapeze artist or a danceaholic who manages to squeeze a break in her busy schedule …. I like to use my magic and alleviate the symptoms as best I can. 

The aim is to run workshops for massage therapists, personal trainers, yoga teachers and anyone who may find the use massage “handy” with students and clients.

Here’s your chance to enhance your palpation skills and acquire a number of tools to target trouble spots.

Interested ? Let me know. 
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

with Madonna’s crew

A total of 36 massage treatments delivered to dancers, musicians and the guys and girls from wardrobe, hair & make up, rigging, carpentry, management, catering and IT.

Spread over 4 days, the last 2 being the hardest ! And my wrists sure needed a rest after all that kneading. Ice and rest a MUST: And then there is yoga …
Happy to be once again in the buzzing atmosphere that a tour like this is sure to be.
Fun, hard work, long hours and seeing the show of course. 
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

said about Sandra … (!)

” Don’t let Sandra’s petite appearance fool you … she’s got the strength”

LMF (Buenos Aires) – remedial massage therapist – April 2009

“… Just wanted to throw some props your way. My fill in yoga teacher said I have really good form in my poses and I give you all the credit.  I know it’s been a while but I still remember all the instruction you gave. You’re a really great teacher.”

Kim S. (Texas) – massage therapist – March 2009

I had to write to you as yesterday I had a massage at work.  It made me remember just how amazing your treatment was!  … I  had to keep explaining what I wanted and giving feedback on pressure.  When I came to see you, you just got on with it and I felt so much freer.  You worked it out yourself !  I now know why Cirque du Soleil want you!  Sting missed out bigtime.
Please do let me know when you’re next in London.

Leena C. (London) – amateur salsa dancer - May 2008 

Thought I would email you, to recommend a massage therapist that is based in London and in South America.
Her name is Sandra Diaz (cc’d on email). She is qualified by the London School of Sports massage with some nice experience. She worked for us in Buenos Aires, and without hesitation I would say there are not many hands better than hers. By far one of the best I massage therapists I have ever worked with.

Brad F. (Cirque du Soleil Senior Physiotherapist) – Aug 2006

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Monday, February 11, 2008

VAREKAI (London)

The 6 weeks with Varekai are approaching the end. This will be the last week of this city. The show then moves on to Amsterdam for a long stay.

Working at the Royal Albert Hall has been a completely different experience to that of working inside the Big Top. Everyone seems to feel that way. The Big Top feels “cozy”; the big common space, everyone sharing it.
The Royal Albert Hall has an atmosphere of its own, it feels grand. Yet, we all seem to miss the one big family feeling you get from being inside the Big Top. During the 6 weeks of work with Saltimbanco in Buenos Aires (Big Top), the Health Services Department (Physios + Massage) had a reasonably large open space, with a “window” to the big area where artists train, rest and hang out. I was constantly in tune with what was going on out there, people coming in and going out. Now at the Royal Albert Hall, I find myself tucked into a partition off the Green Room (i.e hang out space for artists). After I check my list in the physio’s room, I move into this practice space and see the people as they come in and leave for their treatments. Of course, physios are just next door and any updates or special requests are relayed as needed. My work consists of (as Saro said) of doing the magic in working with the soft tissues.

Requests vary from artist to artist although backs are a classic. It’s either lower or middle and upper combo. I have found that the mid and lower thoracic areas of spine are tight in most bodies.
Depending on their number, their skill, ability or extra training, artists can be more specific requesting:

- shoulders and pecs 
- glutes
- traps 
- forearms

Legs are not a common request although it does come my way some times and it’s either quads or calves.

Today and tomorrow I rest my wrists.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cirque du Soleil VAREKAI

Once again Sandra is lending a hand (literally) to the artists at Cirque du Soleil. This time it’s VAREKAI during their London shows until mid February 2008.
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Monday, July 30, 2007

Massage in Oslo 2007

Spending some time in Europe this summer and offering massage treatments to staff at UNDP and FAFO at their offices in Oslo.

Thai massage seems to be the favourite !

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Monday, May 28, 2007

w o r k p l a c e

B o d y w o r k   &   Y o g a   i n   t h e   w o r k p l a c e

 What is stress?

o        Physical or mental overexertion

o        A physical or emotional reaction, or both, to a mentally or emotionally demanding event or situation, that has a harmful effect on the general health and functioning of the body. Some physical disorders are worsened, if not caused by mental stress, e.g. eczema, migraine or certain allergies

o       Pressure, strain, tension, worry, anxiety, burden, etc.

  What can we do about it?

While it’s impossible to remove ALL stress from everyday life, we know that certain stressors prepare us to meet certain challenges and that is a “good thing” – sometimes called eustress. Other stress however – distress – is harmful. Distress can lower the body’s resistance leading to exhaustion. The mechanisms that keep our bodies in check may get depleted or shut down. Resistance mechanisms may persist even after the stressor is gone.

 Work plan

                                                            Aim to reduce stress in the workplace

The task:  

Develop a short program of yoga and stretching exercises as well as provide short massage treatments for the staff at XYZ & Co. tailored to specific needs and availability of the people and the space.

Yoga provides an excellent means of stress prevention. A consistent plan of regular stretching and breathing techniques designed to ease aches and pains will enable users to cope better with everyday stressors.

Massage, as well as alleviating pain and stiffness can also help with the treatment of stress or any stress related condition.

Together yoga and massage will help promote a feeling of well being.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

the treatments / the classes

Ashtanga Yoga classes in Nunez on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Ongoing Ashtanga yoga classes taught by myself and others take place at the Centro de Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Belgrano. Visit for more information.


Remedial, sports and Thai massage treatments in the Belgrano area.

Call to arrange an appointment.


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