We’re excited to announce that a local team of Registered Massage Therapists will be at our event offering massages. They will be working hard all weekend to make sure you’re feeling race ready. Be sure to come down and see them in the expo!
There will be a team of Registered Massage Therapists available during the entire 24 Hours of Adrenalin race as well as Friday July 15th, from 2pm (during race registration). They are offering 30 minute massages for $50. Cash and credit cards are accepted and insurance receipts are available.
Stop by the tent to reserve your appointment!
- What does massage do for cyclists?
First and foremost, massage promotes recovery by flushing the toxins up to the heart so that new oxygenated blood can circulate. The massage therapist will always rub the muscles upwards towards the heart. The massage is actually pushing out the muscle’s carbon dioxide-rich blood to the lungs and heart, which is then filtered to come out as oxygen-rich blood. This goes back into the muscles. The body will do this naturally, but massage drastically speeds up the process. Massage also prevents injury with the help of stretching.
- Should I get a massage before the race?
If you regularly receive massages, you can get a deep tissue massage 5 to 6 days before your race. If you want a massage within a few days of the race, keep it light to avoid any soreness. Every athlete’s body responds differently to massage – you don’t want to find out the week before your race that deep tissue work makes you uncomfortably sore.Don’t decide to get a massage the day before thinking it will fix any issue you may have created in the previous week. Massage close to the race day is great for calming nerves, but not for fixing serious problems.Athletes with a regular massage routine are twice as likely to finish their goal race than athletes who had no bodywork done, according to a 2011 study. This may be because massage has been found to aid psychological recovery from intense efforts — like long rides, and significantly increase perceived performance, even if no actual performance boost was found.
- The bottom line
Go for a deep tissue massage five to six days before your event if you’re used to getting regular massages. If you get one any closer to your race, make it a light, relaxing Swedish massage with a therapist experienced in treating athletes.A deep tissue massage will feel like you’ve just lifted weights or gone for a hard run in the following days after if you are not used to it. Expect about 2 days to recover.If you get a massage any closer to your race, make it a light, relaxing flush-out massage with the Registered Massage Therapists at the race. This promotes recovery by flushing the toxins into the lymphatic system, and new oxygenated blood can circulate, which makes your body ready to race and win.
And don’t forget, a Recovery Massage ideally within the first 24 hours post-race can help remove waste products and relieve areas of muscle tension.