TheraSport is run by Lee Burgess, a massage therapist with more than sixteen years of experience in sports, therapeutic and relaxation massage.


Lee holds the following Qualifications:

  • First Aid Certificate updated 2016
  • New Zealand College of Massage, Diploma in Health Sciences (Massage and Sports Therapy) 2015
  • New Zealand College of Massage, Diploma in Health Sciences (Therapeutic Massage) 2015
  • First Aid Certificate updated 2014
  • New Zealand College of Massage, Relaxation Massage Certificate – 2014
  • Relaxation Massage Certificate – 1990
  • Advanced Massage Certificate – 1990
  • Deep Tissue Massage Certificate – 1990

Massage Career Highlights

  • Southern Steel Netball New Zealand Super Club winners  (In Nelson) 2017
  • NZ College of Massage Tutor 2016
  • Perth Wild Cats 2016
  • Perth Wild Cats 2015
  • All Black 7’s 2015
  • North Harbour ITM Team – 2015
  • NZ Maori All Blacks – 2015
  • NZ Maori All Blacks – 2014
  • North Harbour ITM  + U19 Teams – 2014
  • Warriors April 1995 – February 1996
  • Kiwis – preparation for one game against Australia 1998
  • Provided pre-game massage for visiting teams
  • Transvaal Rugby
  • Manu Samoa Rugby
  • NSW Netball
  • Hotels/Motels – throughout Auckland CBD (mostly relaxation massage or Shiatsu [acupressure] for tourists/professionals [actors, musicians, sports people] and people from all walks of life).
  • Assisted in the careers of rugby/league players, cyclists, basketball players, long-jumpers, golfers, lawn bowlers, boxers

Massaged at or organised massage teams for sporting events below:

  • Tour of Northland Cycle event, Massage Team Organiser – 2017
  • Tour of Northland Cycle event, Massage Team Organiser – 2016
  • Masters North Island Championship 2015
  • Tri NZ Villa Maria Duathlon 2015
  • ITU World Triathlon – Elite Lounge, Team Organiser – 2015
  • Tour of Northland Cycle event, Team Organiser – 2015
  • Tennis Seniors National Championships – 2015
  • Iron Man – 2 years including the 2015 70.3k
  • ITU  World Triathlon Massaging in the elite athletes lounge – 2014
  • Lake Taupo – 2 half-marathons
  • Oxfam Trailwalker x 3
  • Americas Cup

Lee Burgess

Lee Burgess

“Lee has awesome massage handling skills and is a great bloke too, he has definitely helped keep me in one piece so I can enjoy my sport.”
Richard Campbell, Ironman triathlete, ultramarathoner and Coast to Coast aspirant

“As a physiotherapist and semi-professional runner I know the importance of including regular massage within my schedule. I was thrilled to find Lee and couldn’t thank him enough for helping both my husband and myself compete and podium in our first Ultramarathon. He has a wonderful touch that identifies and releases the tension through both the muscle and the fascial lines to create long term balance. I couldn’t recommend him more highly to help you achieve whatever sporting or health goals you may have.”
Margie Campbell (nee Atthow), Elite level runner & physiotherapist

“As a professional rugby player, recovery is crucial and sports massage is vital for me to allow my body to recover from the training and competition. The treatment I received from Lee was always first rate. I would highly recommend Lee’s work for any sports-related issues.”
James Parsons, 2014, 15, 16 & 17 North Harbour ITM Cup Team Member (Captain of the 2017 Blues team to play the Lions)