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Sports Massage On Challenges

Here at Challenge Central, we are once again proving to be one of the leaders in our field by providing a Sports Massage Therapist (SMT) wherever possible on our cycling challenges! This is in addition to all our other support facilities and really gives you the opportunity to live the dream of being a professional cyclist!

"Here Paul from Rock Sports Massage Therapy writes about the benefits of Sports Massage:

It’s no surprise that the professionals receive a daily massage - The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.

This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).

Benefits and Effects        

There are three areas where sports massage is used to benefit athletes.

Maintenance Massage:

A regular massage treatment programme based on the therapist’s understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport and which are likely candidates for trouble. By concentrating on particular muscle groups the therapist can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.

Event Massage:

Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes. Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. 

Rehabilitation:

Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, tear, bruise, and ache. Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process. Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries."

Our SMT is available for you to purchase a massage on most cycling challenges including The London to Paris Cycle and London to Amsterdam Cycle whenever required. Paul has been seen giving treatments in village squares, town market places, pubs and hotel carparks! The enormous benefits are most noticeably felt when you wake up in the morning following a day in the saddle and feel fit and fresh and raring to go!

Our SMT is a qualified professional and fully insured to be able to help relieve your tired legs post-cycling.