It used to be that cycling soigneurs were more handymen than athletic trainers, ready to do everything from drive the equipment truck, to hand out musette bags, and administer the odd massage.
But as the cycling community learns more about the importance of recovery, priorities behind the scenes are shifting: Soigneurs are increasingly coming into the business with physical therapy and massage backgrounds.
Cycling-specific massage today requires intimate knowledge of the way riders of all levels use their muscles.
“Cycling is such a sport of marginal gains,” Clawson adds. It’s also a sport where small injuries and muscular imbalances can create big problems over time.
Not counting crash-related pains, knee problems account for a significant percentage of use injuries, with lower back problems a distant second.
Knowing that, she’s able to focus on muscles most connected with knee stabilization and core strength.
That’s why we need massages to work out kinks and help recovery.
Clawson suggests doing the following in order to get the most gains out of your regular massage.
A note: If you don’t want someone else working on your body, make sure to try self-myofascial massage on your own with a foam roller or massage stick.
Otherwise book an initial consultation to discuss any issues and have your posture assessed.
Book regular appointments to work through those issues with your therapist and follow their advice regarding stretching and exercise.
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To book a consultation and assessment of your postural and injury needs call Jason on 07980339864