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Post ride leg message techniques...(3 posts)

Post ride leg message techniques...USPS#1
Jul 27, 2001 1:34 PM
Anyone have any suggestions or tips for a great post ride leg rub-down?
Assume the positionKerry Irons
Jul 29, 2001 4:31 PM
Assuming you mean self-massage, two techniques that work quite well are:

1) active massage - lay on the floor and prop your legs up on a wall or high table. Use your fingers to stroke the muscles toward your torso, starting at your ankles.

2) passive massage - same position, but just leave your legs proped up until they throb heartily. Bring them down (lay on the floor) and then put them back up a few times (30-60 seconds is probably enough time in the elevated position).

I do passive massage all the time after hard rides (too lazy to do the active) and it helps noticably.
re: Post ride leg message techniques...Woof the dog
Jul 29, 2001 6:26 PM
the only purpose of massage is to loosen up a muscle and get rid of lactic acid buildup after a hard ride. Stretching is helpful too, however neither directly aid the muscle recovery process itself.
Woof the dog.