Imagine you’re riding the Tour de France – how much your legs would burn after the first day – even after the first couple hours! How do major athletes keep going? One little-known helper is the “Soigneur.” In French, the word means ”one who cares for others.” This position is dedicated to supporting the performance of the athlete. On the cycling team, this position packs bags, hands out food and water, and massages the athletes before and after the race.
“Massage?!?” You say, “Really?” Yes. Massage helps.
Massage has been shown to help accelerate muscle recovery in various ways. Massage helps muscles recover by aligning the muscle tissue to promote healing without the formation of knots. Massage can also help to temporarily increase circulation to flush out the build-up of lactic acid and waste in the muscles from working out to help alleviate post-workout muscle pain. Massage can also be beneficial to your overall health and well being by helping to increase flexibility, reduce heart rate and promote better sleep.
Soigneurs give warm-up massages before a race to prepare the cyclist’s leg muscles for the strenuous day of cycling. After, the post-race massage soothes the small set of muscles that the cyclists pushed to the limit for hours on end during the race.
“So…how does this relate to me?” You ask. “…I’m not a Tour de France cyclist.” Or
Many of us use a limited number of muscles day in and day out in our daily routines so that when we DO workout, cross-train, attend aerobics class, go on a run, lift weights, swim or even play soccer with our kids – we feel it after!
Any one of the Brookstone massagers is designed to help soothe muscles after a workout. To give you all the benefits of a powerful, professional massage in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Apply our massagers to your aching legs, arms, back, shoulders, neck and more to help your body recover after that workout and to keep going until you reach your resolution goals!
Start your workout, enjoy the ride, and help muscles recover more quickly with a rewarding massage!