It's all about the bike...oh and massage too!

Cycling is a physically demanding sport which can involve hours in the saddle with short recovery periods followed by further long rides. Consequently many cyclists suffer with overuse injuries. Although cycling isn’t considered a high impact sport like running or tennis, there are significant demands placed on the body by the aerodynamic position adopted while riding*. To help keep a cyclists’ body in top form, massage therapy can be considered for physical and mental wellbeing and also to help improve overall performance.

I have had the privilege of working with one of my clients, James Carlyle, who has spent the last 6 months training and preparing for the 'Ride-London-100' a 100 mile closed road cycling event which will take place on the 2012 Olympic course. As part of an intense training plan which has seen him ride on average over 150km every week during 2015, James has also included receiving regular therapeutic massage sessions with me at Haelan Therapy. It has been a privilege to be a part of the journey that James has taken to prepare for this event.

Receiving regular massage has helped both his physical and mental wellbeing and, as we both noted at his last treatment this week, James has noted that he has not suffered with any major physical issues that are often associated with intense training for a race of this kind. Of course I cannot make any wild claims that regular massage has wholly contributed to this (he has trained pretty damn hard in the process; taking into consideration his nutrition needs among other things!), but what I can advocate is that REGULAR massage will have certainly complemented his training sessions.

So how does it work? By combining powerful structural and deep strokes within his treatments (which work to loosen and free up the spine, neck and hips) with an intention to relax the mind and body, each session will have helped to improve his body’s movement, stimulated his muscular and nervous systems and overall strengthened his mind encouraging mental focus.

"I've experienced huge benefit from regular massage treatments with Rebecca during my training program, not only from a physical perspective, but also from a restorative standpoint. Year-round training is hard work, often repetitive with serious mental motivation required to get out of bed on a cold winter's morning. Maintaining suppleness, muscular health and mental wellbeing are vital and the regular sessions with Rebecca have been invaluable in sustaining that equilibrium." (James Carlyle)

James Carlyle

James Carlyle

But it doesn’t have to be all about the bike. Any athlete, whether they are weight training, marathon training, triathlon training or any other kind of intense training, will ultimately always benefit from regular massage. It is all about putting yourself first, making the commitment and receiving regular and repeated treatments. James is a member of my Priority Scheme and receives regular monthly massage treatments at a reduced price. If you are interested in finding out more please comment below, inbox me or email me at

James will be taking part in the Ride-London-100 this weekend. In doing so he is taking the opportunity to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK, a cause close to his family’s heart. If you would like to sponsor him you can do so at

It only leaves me now to wish James all the best for Sunday.


*Raise Magazine, 2012.