The most common question I get from my clients is, "How often should I get a massage?" The answer depends on the person asking the question and the benefits they hope to receive.
Here are the general guidelines I recommend:
If you are a healthy person with no chronic discomfort or injuries, once a month is sufficient. This helps prevent injury and helps you become more aware and in tune with your body. Monthly massage also allows each massage to build upon the last so that you are not essentially starting over from scratch each time you come in.
Treatment of Chronic Conditions
If you do have chronic discomfort (i.e., migraines, backaches, neck and shoulder aches) or are recovering from an injury, you will need more frequent massages to see lasting relief. A great example of this is exercising. What would you achieve if you excised only once a month (or every 6 months)? It takes frequent trips to the gym to see lasting results.
When you come in for massage and go back to your regular life, the benefits from the massage last a few days. This doesn't mean you need to come in for massage every three days. During my client sessions, I strive to educate you about what is going on with your body and provide recommendations that will help minimize the reoccurrence of injury and discomfort.
When I see a client with a specific injury, such as sciatica, frequent sessions are necessary; typically weekly or biweekly. There are times I will refer these clients to another practitioner, such as a chiropractor, to work in conjunction with me to speed up the recovery process. To fully recover, you will need to follow the recommended treatment plan. Sciatica is a symptom, but there is an underlying cause to the problem that needs to be addressed to treat the symptom.
Enhanced Athletic Performance
Massage is a necessary support system for athletes to maintain muscle health and flexibility. People preparing for athletic events or heavily involved in sports should receive massage once a week during intense training and less often, perhaps once a month, during the off-season. Massage helps athletes perform at their best, while helping to prevent injury.
Studies show that the benefits of massage help combat stress, insomnia, and anxiety. People going through a particularly stressful situation or those leading high-stress lifestyles, should aim to receive a massage twice per month.
We live in a society that wants a quick-fix, but we also have to take responsibility for our long-term health and well-being. I understand that there are sometimes things preventing you from following through on scheduling massages, such as money and busy schedules. Think about the effects massage will have on your long-term health and well-being. What is that worth to you? Only you can make the decision to heal your body, and I am here to help facilitate the path to healing.
Please feel free to schedule your next appointment online. Massage packages are available for those who would like to receive frequent massage and save money. I look forward to hearing from you!