It is increasingly common for organisers of long-distance endurance events to have “massage areas” set up at the end of the race. Generally, at Strong Massage, we prefer our clients to get their sports massage the next day instead of the same day as it is better overall in terms of recovery.
You should wait at least 2-3 hours after your event for your sports massage. Why?
After your event, your muscles builds up a lot of lactic-acid, a by-product of your body effort to convert energy from its stores. If you have a massage immediately after your event, the massage will move that lactic-acid around, causing more cell damage, leading to more soreness and inflammation later.
After about 2 hours, the body neutralises this acid. After this point, a massage will help flush these neutralised by-products out of your system safely.