How Often Should I Get A Massage?
For many of us, wouldn’t we love a massage every day? Of course, that’s not possible for most of us, but one question massage therapists are often asked is: How often should I get a massage?
The answer really depends on what your goals are. Everyone is different and has various needs. Some clients desire a therapeutic massage for relaxation. Others have sports injuries or health issues. Regardless, massage therapy on a regular basis will promote good health and a stronger sense of calm and well-being.
Receiving a massage once a month is ideal for many but for others, a greater frequency is more effective, such as every two weeks. Of course, there are those clients that require weekly treatments, especially for the treatment of an injury.
Ask yourself these questions to decide how often you should see your massage therapist:
- Why are you scheduling an appointment? Is it for relaxation? Injury? Pain? Treatments for those specific issues usually require more frequent visits.
- Do you have a chronic condition? For some, an acute injury requires more frequent appointments, but often at shorter intervals. Again, it depends on your needs, and your massage therapist can advise you on this.
Here is a rough guideline for regarding the optimal frequency of massage appointments:
If you desire a massage simply for relaxation purposes, maybe to give yourself a little reward, then occasional treatments may be just what you need.
For stress reduction or minor aches and pains, monthly massages can provide an excellent option for overall well-being.
Bi-weekly or weekly
In this category, massage therapy is used for more complex health issues and rehabilitation, which require treatment to address a specific need. To produce the desired result, it is important that massage therapy be consistent. Recovery does not happen overnight and it is critical to continue therapy so results are not lost.
Of course, it bears repeating that all clients are different. Always consult with a professional massage therapist to discuss your needs and to find a program that addresses your concerns.