I Need a Massage! ...How Often?
“How often should I get a massage?” It’s a question that can only be answered if we first find out why you want a massage in the first place. Below are a list of reasons why people choose massage and recommended treatment schedules. Reason 1: Feel-good Treat
People who use this reason usually view massage as a fluffy, wonderful, occasional experience. And that’s awesome! Massage feels great and can be made up so it is super luxurious with lots of wonderful smells, calming music, and dreamy atmosphere that can transport you away for an hour or a day. Take advantage and let your muscles melt as your mind meditates.
Frequency: Once or twice a year
Reason 2: Body Maintenance and Overall Health
Some people want massage to manage and control a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, or insomnia. Other people are fairly healthy and want to keep it that way. The benefits of massage are many, ranging from physical to mental to emotional. Whatever your need, massage will help you maintain so you can move freely and healthfully though life. Frequency: Once a month or as needed Reason 3: Stress Relief and Management
Physical stress takes a huge toll on our bodies. Mental stress takes a huge toll on our minds and our bodies. Massage can help with both. Use the relaxing atmosphere and you’re therapist’s long, rhythmic effleurage to clear the clutter in your mental space and release tension from your shoulders, back and neck so you can get back to tackling your world with gusto!
Frequency: Once or twice a month
Reason 4: Omagawd, I’m in Pain! Massage is a wonderful analgesic. My clients have seen massive improvement if not just straight up freedom from pain and dysfunction including migraines, forearm pain/carpal tunnel symptoms, hip pain, pelvic floor dysfunctions, menstrual pain, dysmenorrhea, knee pain, ankle pain, tennis and golfer’s elbow, low back pain, breathing difficulties, neck pain, shoulder pain, and more! While the mechanism for exactly how massage creates pain relief is still widely debated and largely unknown, it is acknowledged that the effects are there. Studies have shown that massage can greatly relieve neck pain and low back pain as well as be a wonderful tool for managing widespread conditions such as fibromyalgia specifically. A massage protocol can help you regain control over your body and create a life where pain doesn’t rule your world whether your condition is acute or chronic.
Frequency: Once or twice a week when first implementing bodywork as part of your care routine
Learn more about massage protocols and why they are important to your healing process here! For what reason do you receive massage? How often do you go? Did I miss any reasons people look for massage? Let me know in the comments below!