We are Flagstaff Sports Massage. The idea was born in the mountains of Flagstaff at around 7,000 feet.
We are a group of professional, licensed massage therapists who love sport, who are passionate about our work and the effects it can have on performance, who enjoy travel and have years of practical experience.
We set up at the races in the woods and in the desert. We set up in hotel conference rooms for training camps big and small. We were the sports massage service provider for Hypo2 Sports Management in Flagstaff, AZ from start up until 2014.
We are a full service clinic specializing in soft tissue manipulation for sporting event preparation and recovery.
We are sports massage, where you need us.
We recently spoke to the race director and some locals about the upcoming 2014 Fire on the Rim mountain bike race. Sounds like it’s going to be good! The trails are dry, but not too dry, the tacky sort, perfect for a race! The race has some great sponsors this year, plenty of good food and beer for all! Flagstaff Sports Massage will be down again this year to provide sport specific massage therapy.
Get a massage before the race to prepare the tissue, yes, it works like that. Pre event massage (bodywork let’s call it) is designed to get you ready to rip. A few light range of motion movements through the hips, knees, low back, neck, shoulders, and some muscle stimulating soft tissue manipulations, like the fast paced stuff, will get you ready to roll. Missy and Geoffrey Bishop, owner/operator team of FSM, have been doing it for…
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Hey, hey. It’s been a while, and YES! we are still here working in the trenches! This summer and fall we will be providing massage therapy at Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon ride…..
Get your knobbies ready for this ‘hell’ ride! We start in the Coconino National Forest north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Approximate length of the ride is 65 miles, give or take a few, on butt-pounding, Forest Service roads along an historic stage coach route. The ride typically takes riders 5-8 hours to complete. The route begins in beautiful stands of aspen and descends through the pines to flatter, high desert landscape before climbing back into the cool forest. After a gradual 10-mile climb, the ride ends just outside the boundary of the Grand Canyon National Park.
The ride starts early to miss the flash floods and thunder boomers that usually occur after 1 p.m. We can’t control Mother Nature, so be prepared for the worst. We plan to have sag support stops along the way for you to quench your thirst and fill your belly. Plan to carry plenty of water and grub just in case you are too fast or slow for our 4-wheel drivers. Ride with caution too! No medical support will be on this ride. Post-ride, we’ll have solar showers and munchies ready for your arrival.
The Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon ride is proud to support the Flagstaff Marine League Charities. Funds raised through this ride have helped support a crucial mission of the various charities of this group. The Marine League Charities is an Arizona not-for-profit charitable corporation organized for the purpose of supporting charities including those organized to assist children of Northern Arizona and local members of the U. S. Armed Forces.
as well as Fire On The Rim!
…. come Ride the Rim in the beautiful Arizona high country. Test your skills on some of the sweetest technical singletrack in the state, while supporting a great cause at the same time. Every penny earned by this charity event goes directly into trail building and wildfire protection in the Pine Strawberry fuel break. Great Ride, Great Cause… what’s not to love?
Come check out our great therapists!
Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race. Pine Strawberry. September 14, 15 & 16. This is going to be another great event for Flagstaff Sports Massage and the Arizona mountain biking community! In it’s 2nd year Fire on the Rim promises to be a fun filled event for the competitive cyclists all the way down to the children wanting to grow up to be competitive cyclists!
Flagstaff Sports Massage will be out for pre event sports massage therapy on Friday afternoon through the day on Saturday, and if the demand is there we will work on some bodies on Sunday, after we all get a good night’s sleep!
Cost for massage at this event is $40 per half hour. Have as many as you like! Since this is one of our favorite areas in Arizona, great camping, riding, fishing and general loafing, a portion of the proceeds will go back to help fund Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction!
Read more about Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction here.
Flagstaff Sports Massage will be conducting therapy at Absolute Bikes Old Fashioned Mountain Bike Race to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, on Aug 25, 2012. We will be there come rain or shine as always, and we welcome you to the tables for preevent and postevent work of Flagstaff Sport Massage Therapists. Nothing better than a massage before and after the race! Warm up and cool down! We will be out with just a few therapists this time around, so be sure to book early if you know you want in on the massage therapy action!
There is also a great kids race at this event as well, so the Bishop Boys will be there with bells on. Really, with bells. Cow bells.
Cost of therapy will be $1.00 per minute with 50% of the proceeds going to help fund St Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
Geoffrey Bishop, of Flagstaff Sports Massage, will be headed to Leadville, Colorado with a crew of therapists he has coordinated for the toughest mountain bike ride in the country! The 100-mile out-and-back course is in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Low point, 9,200 feet; high point is Columbine Mine, 12,424 feet. Majority is on forest trails with some mountain roads. We will have no shortage of work on this one!
The group of therapists are all chosen for their talent in working with athletes, and knowledge of anatomy of the cyclist in particular. We know there are going to be some sore bodies, and we are ready to respect that parameter.
Riders, please be sure to get some recovery nutrition in before getting on the table to help reduce cramping, this will help to ensure a pleasant :) experience for all.
If you’d like you can email Geoffrey at email@example.com or call 928-699-1999 to pre-book. Rates for therapy at this event are $40 for 30 minutes and $80 for the hour. Cash and credit cards only. Looking forward to seeing you up there!
Flagstaff Sports Massage will be at Bear Jaw Groove 12 Hour Mountain Bike Race on September 8th, 2012! We’ll actually be there on the afternoon of the 7th if you need a pre-race shake out. Look at it as a helping hand, nothing too deep, a good stretch, range of motion, muscle stimulation, tissue preparation, joint stretching routine, and a great way to settle your mind. Intra-event massage and post race massage are customized to suit as well.
Weather you are planning for a win or just a great long ride with some friends in the woods, there is no need to suffer more than the others. Did you know the winning female at Whiskey Off Road, Pua Mata, used Flagstaff Sports Massage just prior to start time? True story. While it may not have been the only thing that helped, certainly did not stop her from crushing it!
FSM has been supporting the Arizona Mountain Biking scene since 2001. Geoffrey Bishop worked the MBAA races, valley triathlons, local runs and more for two years solo style, and now is back with a team large enough to accommodate the long wait lines. The therapists are hand selected for their skills and knowledge in working with athletes, this is no on site class room experience with therapists who may never become sports therapists. Yep, this is the real deal.
Massage/bodywork during an endurance event such as Bear Jaw Groove won’t make you bonk. Many of the riders at 24 Hours in The Old Pueblo who used FSM came on back to the massage tent a few times and reported, and I quote, “I don’t think I could have done that last lap without you!” or, “That last lap felt better than the one before, thank you so much for the great work.” So, while it may be anecdotal, we know you can benefit from the work our therapists have to offer! It’s sort of up to you how much you suffer. We are happy to help!
You can pre book sessions if you like, e mail Geoffrey Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rates: $20 per 15 min session, and you can have as many as you like!
A lot is happening for FSM right now! Just finished up a 3 week camp with the Danish Olympic Swim Team. We have been working with this team for a number of years, and it was great to see some familiar faces, as well as some new ones! This is certainly a team to watch for London 2012! With current world record holders, and many top ranked swimmers in the world, we helped them pull through the intense 2-3 a day workouts!
Now, I am on the road for 2 weeks with Ride the Rockies and Bicycle tour of Colorado! While this may seem like a vacation to some readers, I assure you it is anything but! Long work days, cooking and sleeping in the van, drive 3 hours, and repeat! Two days off in the middle is nice. Today I am headed out for a hike on Lumpy Ridge.