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Warming Oils (Embrocations)(3 posts)

Warming Oils (Embrocations)SimpleGreen
Apr 19, 2001 8:21 PM
Do any of you use a warming oils/lotions before rides or events? I'm thinking about trying some to get my circulation going. Europeans use these more than us Americans, but perhaps we should look into this. The warming oils might improve performance and perhaps more importantly prevent injury on cool mornings when we are stiff from a nights sleep.

I'd appreciate any brand suggestions and experiences.

re: Warming Oils (Embrocations)Jofa
Apr 20, 2001 3:41 AM
I've been told by a couple of doctors that embrocation is bad news. Firstly, because it irritates the skin, which concentrates blood flow at the surface- at the expense of the centre of the muscles, where it should be; and secondly (I think more relevantly), it encourages the user into thinking that they are properly warmed up too early, and consequently to stress themselves too much. When I started cycling, in the late 80's, everyone was using embrocation (my racing partner even had to go to hospital once after touching... you know... without washing his hands), but I know of very few people who use it now.
I'm no physician, so this is all second-hand, I wonder if there is anybody on the board equipped to give a definitive answer? I've heard this dismissed out of hand by die-hard embro users.
Hope this helps you out
re: Warming Oils (Embrocations)Jesse Smith
Apr 20, 2001 11:13 AM
This site has lots of good info.