As social rides go I seldom return home from a decent ride to a massage table and the wife waiting willingly to massage my sore legs. During the summer though I do often get a leg massage a few times a month at the local shop. The real benefits are mental and relaxation, here the pro's look at massages post ride.
Riders do like it, they report benefits and it is part of their post-race or ride recovery and relaxation routine. It is important not to underestimate these slightly intangible and psychological benefits, as they really can make a difference to a rider’s attitude and how they perform.