Imagine having a massage every day. That would be great, wouldn’t it?
You’d have less muscle stiffness, your muscles would recover quicker and you’d be able to train harder and more frequently. You’d probably be a whole lot happier too!
Unfortunately, having our own personal masseuse is the stuff of dreams for the vast majority of triathletes.
Luckily, there are several self massage techniques that will revolutionise your recovery, help you train harder and for longer and freshen up your muscles ahead of the next race.
Does Self Massage Actually Work?
Though many triathletes do try and have a massage by a trained masseuse or sports therapist as often as possible, this will never have much of an impact on your day to day training. So, what are your options?
Athletes have been using self massage techniques for years. Though they won’t ever be quite as effective as a professional massage, they do have a wide range of benefits. What’s more, they are relatively easy to get the hang of.
Even just a few minutes each evening could be enough to drastically improve the speed and effectiveness of your recovery. But that’s not all: when most athletes think of self-massage, they will naturally assume that, as it’s a recovery technique, it’s something that’s only effective after exercise.
Scientists have proven in tests that a massage between cycling sprints not only lowered fatigue and stiffness, but also increased power in the next sprint. The massaged athlete groups dramatically out-performed the un-massaged group of athletes. Put simply, self massage during exercise could help you get more from your interval training sessions.