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The Official Massage Status Thread

Old 01-30-12, 08:25 AM
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The Official Massage Status Thread

Yes the title is a bit of a joke, and yes I did a brief lazy search and got nada.

Anyone here ante-up and pay for cycling massages? If so when: after hard bouts of training, races only, etc?

I know there are discussions here about massage sticks. How do those compare to the real deal?

I'm going to try and get a spot at a place in town today. Its the end of my base 2 and my legs are in protest. Hopefully it'll be a good experience, normally I hate massages but my legs need something.
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Old 01-30-12, 08:36 AM
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Back when I attempted to be competitive, I would self massage often, elevating my legs against the wall.
Seemed to help get rid of the fatigue.
I'd go for a real massage every once in a while, usually a few days before a race.
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Old 01-30-12, 09:13 AM
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I massaged my wiener...
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Old 01-30-12, 09:15 AM
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Seriously I get deep tissue massages on my quads, hamstrings, calves and bicep/tricep.
At $65 a session it is expensive but well worth it once a month.
I do also self massage with a roller thinge on my quads/hamstrings.
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Old 01-30-12, 09:21 AM
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I use the roller every day or two, and get massages every month.

It's covered under my work's health insurance. I usually do it at the beginning of a rest week. I'll ride the rollers for 45-60mins then head to the clinic, which is a few blocks away from home.

It doesn't cost me anything, so it certainly doesn't hurt.
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Old 01-30-12, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
Seriously I get deep tissue massages on my quads, hamstrings, calves and bicep/tricep.
At $65 a session it is expensive but well worth it once a month.
I do also self massage with a roller thinge on my quads/hamstrings.
This.
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Old 01-30-12, 09:55 AM
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I was thinking of getting something from here: http://www.thestick.com

Anyone have one?
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Old 01-30-12, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by notwist View Post
I was thinking of getting something from here: http://www.thestick.com

Anyone have one?
I have one on order. Someone brought one to my team's training camp and I thought it worked really well (others agreed). You can get much deeper into the muscle vs. a foam roller.
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I have one on order. Someone brought one to my team's training camp and I thought it worked really well (others agreed). You can get much deeper into the muscle vs. a foam roller.
I disagree with this...I have a stick and it's too flexy to get a good hamstring massage.

I prefer the black foam rollers, or even better, a clean kanteen/pvc pipe.
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I have one on order. Someone brought one to my team's training camp and I thought it worked really well (others agreed). You can get much deeper into the muscle vs. a foam roller.
I am not concerned with portability so I assume Stiff is the way to go if I want the deepest massage possible?
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Old 01-30-12, 10:53 AM
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I am not concerned with portability so I assume Stiff is the way to go if I want the deepest massage possible?
I'm no expert, but their website recommended stiff if you have a lot of muscle mass. My legs are pretty thin. I went with the powerstick, which is medium stiffness. I'm not even sure what model I was using. The stick I used was not that stiff, you could really bend it around your muscles if you wanted to work it hard (I thought the thing might snap, but it was OK).
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Anybody use those thumper massagers from Brookstone or the Sharper Image? I tried it on my quads in the store once and it felt nice. Wasn't sure it was doing anything though..

I have The Stick. When I take the time to use it right I feel much better the next day.
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Triggerpoint Grid foam rollers for the win on the self massage. But a monthly massage has many more benefits besides the obvious muscle work.
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Old 01-30-12, 12:31 PM
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I use a foam roller pretty routinely, and planning on picking up a message stick as well in the near future. There is a massage therapist in the same building that I work in, and I think it would be extremely beneficial to my recovery. Was thinking about maybe every other week, or once a month. But busting out the money for a message seems like a waste when I could just sit at home and do almost the same thing. Tough decisions.
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Old 01-30-12, 12:51 PM
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We spend thousands of dollars a year on gels, optygen, tubes, tires, chains, frames, wheels, powermeters, etc. Try getting a real massage once every month (or every other month) and then make your decision on whether or not it's money well spent.
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Old 01-30-12, 02:01 PM
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Monthly massage was the norm....Then she got pregnant...

Been doing Active Release for the last few months to try and get the stupid back under control...Have added massage back in...

When I was getting regular massages my legs and back felt near perfect, there was only pain when there should be pain

And I use the foam roller\stick for self massage. I find the stick is better at working hamstrings\calfs and the foam roller is better for the IT band and back...
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Old 01-30-12, 02:11 PM
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Made an appointment for a 60 minute massage for "deep work." This will be interesting.
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When I see a masseuse for the first time, I often mention I want most of the work on the legs. Otherwise they sometimes focus too much on back, shoulders.
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