Massage is a great recovery tool. Most of the professional- and international-level athletes in weightlifting, cycling, and other sports all use it regularly. It's particularly useful if you have a knowledgable therapist who understands anatomy and fascia and can work on soft tissue, break up knots, relieve pressure around joints, etc.
Sometimes I travel and I'll book a massage. I ask about the therapists' backgrounds and choose carefully. They don't seem like they're used to being grilled prior to a session. And when I walk in they start up with their little aroma therapy schtick and I have to let them know that I'm here with an agenda. I've got tight IT bands. I want you to really mash on the calves and achillies area too. Loosen that up. Get some quad and hip flexor stretching in after that. Look for knots in my back. Really focus on the traps and neck. Attack the upper pecks and anterior delts. Get my shoulders to open up and sit back. Then . . .
And she's looking at me like WTF? Should I be taking notes?