Q: “How Often Should I Get a Massage?”
A: “Every day, of course!” ;-b
That’s probably not realistic unless you’re a pro athlete or maybe a Kardashian…
Seriously though, this is probably one of the most common questions clients ask about massage therapy.
So, what’s the answer?
It depends on WHY you’re getting massage treatment:
- Health benefits
- Stress Relief
- “Fix” stuff
Let’s look at a few of the most common reasons:
Relaxation & Stress Relief
One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation.
Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility. Regular massage can help prevent muscle tension, joint pain, and other annoying, nagging symptoms…
Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage?
Massage is the perfect solution for preventing issues with your tissues. Yes, that rhyme was on purpose. ;-b
Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want…
There may be times in your life when you experience higher levels of stress and more muscle tension than normal (think tight neck & shoulders). It is especially important to practice good self-care during these times. When we “don’t have time” for a massage is usually when we need it the most. Make yourself a priority even during stressful times; your health is worth it, you’ll feel better, and actually get more stuff done in the long run!
If you are in a high-stress job or you work in an environment where you stay in one position (e.g., seated at a desk or in a car) for a long period of time, you may begin to develop tight or “knotted” muscles. This will frequently occur in your shoulders, arms, and back. All of this increased muscle tension will make movement harder and cause you a great deal of pain. Regular massage can help you stay loose, which may then help prevent stiffness and pain…
Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases your risk of many unpleasant ailments, the big killer being heart disease. It has been estimated that 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related problems!
The good news is that massage can help. 🙂
Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help greatly with stress-related tension.
Workout & Sports Recovery
Whether you’re a “weekend warrior” or someone who works out regularly each week, massage can help…
Many athletes and physically active people receive sports massage because it enhances their performance, prevents injuries, and speeds up recovery.
Even though it’s really good for you, regular exercise can put a lot of stress on a person’s muscles!
Research conducted at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at McMaster University in Ontario shows that massage reduces inflammation and stimulates the growth of new mitochondria (the energy-producing units in your cells) after strenuous exercise.
This means that massage may help relieve pain, increase energy, speed up recovery and even help in building lean, fat-burning muscle…
For these benefits, it is recommended that you get a massage as often as possible, at least weekly.
Chronic Health Conditions
People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localized inflammation.
If you get massage therapy for specific issues, the recommended frequency will vary based on the condition and how severe it is…
Relieve from pain may be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month. You massage therapist will work with you to help you get on the best schedule for your body.
Pregnant women can greatly benefit from massage therapy!
Prenatal massage is popular among expectant mothers because they often experience a lot of aches and pains as their pregnancy progresses…
Many women will suffer from back pain, hip & sciatic pain, headaches, and tired legs & feet. Fortunately, a certified massage therapist can help to relieve those discomforts. 🙂
Going to your massage therapist 1-2 times per month can help with the symptoms caused by pregnancy, and it can even help you sleep better!
Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor to ensure you don’t have any pregnancy-related conditions that would contraindicate massage therapy for you.
Many women experiencing a healthy pregnancy can and should enjoy regular massage sessions.
I hope this article shed some light on how often YOU should get a massage. If you have questions, let us know. One of our therapists would be happy to talk to you. 🙂
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