Whether you are doing Cycle Oregon’s WEEKENDER or The Classic, massage will help you enjoy your experience even more. Here are three reasons why you should book yourself a treatment with Cycle Oregon’s on-site team of massage therapists.
#1 Massage is an ideal treatment for soothing post-exercise muscle pain, or DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). Lactic acid is often cited as the culprit for DOMS, but there’s more to it—lactic acid is removed relatively quickly from the muscles. DOMS is in part a response to the microscopic tears of muscle fibers associated with vigorous exercise. To repair these muscle tears, the body initiates an inflammatory response that can cause pain and discomfort. Edema or fluid in the muscle compartments can also cause redness, swelling, and pain.
#2 Sports Massage improves blood circulation to the muscles, tendons, and connective tissue. It also increases lymph flow, which helps to reduce edema and remove toxins. More blood flow and better lymphatic drainage means faster healing.
#3 Massage benefits are not limited to the physical body. The calming effect of massage improves concentration and lowers stress, which can equal better performance.
The massage therapists on the Cycle Oregon rides are experts at targeting the muscle groups that are used most during cycling. When cyclists receive massage therapy after a ride, they experience less fatigue and muscle cramping, and a marked improvement in recovery time. A little massage can go a long way in getting up that last hill at the end of the day!
To schedule a massage at an upcoming Cycle Oregon event, you can book in advance with any of the participating therapists or visit the massage tent during the ride.
Aradia Willow lives in Portland, Oregon and practices massage at Body Aware Massage. She has been an LMT since 1998 and part of the Cycle Oregon Massage Team since 2006. Learn more about Aradia at bodyawaremassage.com.