Galius Sport Pro Relaxing Massage Oil promises to be an extremely powerful elixir, rejuvenating tired muscles and accelerating recovery. On balance it seems very effective, although £13 for 100ml is quite expensive.
It's designed to be used post ride, after a shower, to sooth aching muscles, flush toxins from our systems and promote endorphins, which elevate our sense of well-being.
The main ingredients include devils claw, meadowsweet and willow extract. Their roles are to alleviate muscular pain and reduce swelling while aloe is commonly employed as a skin-soothing agent.
Having popped the spout, squeezing the tube sees it emerge as a clear gel at room temperature. Somewhat reminiscent of a few space age polymer bike greases I've been using recently, this consistency prevents unwanted absorption by the masseur/se. A little goes further than first expected, yet flows effortlessly when worked into the recipient's skin. In terms of economy, our 100ml sample has been sufficient for 150 minutes therapy, consisting of two full body sessions, the remainder focusing primarily on thighs and calves.
A pungent, though not unpleasant quasi-medicinal odour is quickly apparent during this phase and general consensus suggests it adds, rather than detracts from the overall experience. Results are equally pleasing, noticeably reducing fatigue and fostering restful sleep after long/intense efforts (e.g. day rides or 15 mile TT paced blasts). Shaven legs also accentuate absorption and require less oil, while other areas such as the neck and shoulders respond positively when performing traditional Swedish massage technique.
However, just as good quality paint makes an enameller's life easier, masseuse skill and techniques are more significant than any lotion.
Effective massage lotion with genuine medicinal benefits but pricey
road.cc test report
Make and model: Galius Pro Relaxing Massage Oil
Size tested: 100ml
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
'FOR MASSAGE IN AREAS WITH MUSCLE TROUBLE. REDUCES ACHES AND PAINS. KIND TO YOUR HANDS WHILST ALLOWING THEM TO SLIDE PERFECTLY ACROSS THE SKIN'. Particularly effective in these contexts.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
"With devil's claw extract, meadowsweet extract, willow extract and aloe gel. In giving the muscles a relaxing massage, this oil acts as a carrier for the extracts it contains. Upon applying the massage, the body responds by increasing the level of endorphins, which naturally favour relaxation, a feeling which is intensified by the nutrients which the oil provides. Prevents stiffness. Recommended for sportspeople with a tendency to suffer from sprains, swelling, tendonitis, etc".
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Overall, the formula is nice to apply and rewards with positive, lasting effect. However, £13 (or £55 for 1 litre) is relatively expensive when you consider that 5 gallons of salon grade oil retail at £70.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Soothing effects, which seem to last.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Not at full rrp.
About the tester
Age: 40 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)