Originally Posted by ddaversa
I just received a deep tissue/soft tissue massage to improve some lightly strained abductor muscles (running injury apx. 4 weeks ago). I am unsure how long I should stay off the bike after a massage. If I were to go on a ride the following day, would I be counteracting the positive effects of the massage?
Any insight into the standard procedure for post-massage exercise would be a great help.
Personally I don't believe so. As you mentioned "deep tissue", maybe if you are a little sore from the massage itself which occasionally happens, stick to Zone1(recovery) intensity the next day. If the massage was to relieve a spasm or splinted muscle, I would want to certainly avoid same day exertion. After a good night sleep one should usually be ok (it's usually the acute vs. chronic conditions where it is possible to "undo" the massages benefit). As a former LMT in New York State for 5 years, and no longer maintaining my licence (and thusly no longer insured), please take this advice with a grain of salt.