“How often should I get a massage?” is a question we hear often. The answer depends on your pain and physical needs, your stress and emotional needs, and of course, your budget. Receiving massage regularly will have the most benefit. A massage once a week, or every two weeks would be ideal, but may not be realistic for every person. Remember, just as going on one short run on the treadmill doesn’t prepare you for a marathon, and one salad doesn’t lead you to all your health & nutritional goals, one massage session cannot undo years of damage.
What do you need?
If you are using massage for pain management or other medical issues, you may receive massage more frequently. In most cases, after an injury, your therapist may recommend massage once or twice a week throughout your recovery.
If you have a chronic health condition, one a week, or bi-weekly is typically recommended but this also depends on how your body feels. If you notice that your pain returns in a few days, it is probably time to see your massage therapist again. If you’re feeling pain free a week later, you can start to add more time between sessions. For pain management, people typically find that they require more frequent sessions in the beginning. As your muscles relax and healing begins, sessions decrease in frequency.
Your massage therapist can also show you some stretches, that you can do at home, to continue your therapy between sessions.
Stress management is just as important to your health as diet and exercise. Stress can actually undo all of the hard work you’re putting in at the gym, and by eating right. Massage can help reduce the tension, lower high blood pressure and reduce the cortisol levels in their body. Getting a massage once a month can be beneficial in helping eliminate the negative effects of stress on your body and mind.
Athletic Performance and Recovery:
While training for an event like a marathon, you may want to schedule massages a bit more often than usual. Weekly or bi-weekly massage can help get you in proper form and help you recover faster after the event or competition. Serious athletes may need two or more sessions a week to stay in top form.
Pre-event massage can warm up and stretch muscles, aiding in injury prevention. It also stimulates blood flow, reduces tension, removes lactic acid buildup and improves range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance.
Post-event massage is done immediately following the event and helps the athlete recover from the activity. It helps to reduce post-exercise soreness and re-establish range of motion and blood flow to tight muscles.
The frequency of sports massage sessions is entirely dependent on your training and event schedule. However, even when you are not training, regular massage can help you to maintain your health, range of motion and muscle flexibility.
What can you afford?
For many, regular massage may not be in the budget. MMG offers multiple options to make it more affordable. Massage packages are available for purchase online or in our office. We also offer a monthly membership program along with regular specials and promotions.
“How often should I get a massage?” To find the answer, talk to your massage therapist; they are your partner in your health and self-care plan. And, listen to your body. It will always tell you what it needs!