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  • Jana Wheeler

How Often Should You REALLY Get a Massage?

Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask about massage therapy, and it really all depends on WHY you get massages.


Factors to consider:

  • How long did it take you to get into your current condition? (constant bad posture over 20 years or just slept wrong last weekend?)

  • Are you still doing that thing that got you in this condition? (examples: You’ve constantly lifted people as a nurse for years, but now you’re retired. Or: You’ve had a desk job for years, but you’ve still got 10 years to go!)

If your issue developed over years, one massage won’t fix it (sorry!!). Regular sessions are recommended, starting more frequently and spacing them out over time.


Let’s face it, it is also a time and budget issue. It’s counterproductive to stress over finding a babysitter or losing sleep for a massage. Adjust recommendations to fit your reality.


Is a One-Time Massage Pointless?

Absolutely not! Even a single session can make a difference, whether it's for:

  • Relaxation: Pampering yourself after a big project.

  • Temporary Relief: Overdid it at the gym or got a backache from camping.



Regular Massages for Chronic Pain & Tension

For chronic issues, regular massages can help avoid surgery, control migraines, and manage recurring pain. Discuss with your therapist the best schedule based on your condition and lifestyle.


Benefits of Regular Massages:

  • Improved: Circulation, blood pressure, muscle texture, flexibility, digestion.

  • Decreased: Anxiety, pain, muscle tension.

  • Normalization: Autonomic nervous system, hormone production.

  • Healthier: Fascia, immune system, skin.

Once a month is usually the minimum to build up these benefits over time.


Did that answer the question? 😉


If that is still too abstract and vague, here’s another, more concrete breakdown for different reasons WHY you get massages in the first place.


Different Reasons for Regular Massages:

Relaxation & Stress Relief

  • Frequency: At least once a month, or as often as desired.

  • Benefits: Prevents pain, muscle tension, stress buildup.

  • High-Stress Jobs: Regular massages prevent tight muscles and pain from prolonged stress and poor posture.

  • Health Impact: Reduces risk of heart disease and other stress-related issues.

Athletic Improvement

  • Frequency: Up to three times a week for competitive athletes, or at least twice a month.

  • Benefits: Enhances performance, prevents injury, speeds up muscle recovery.

  • Research: Massage reduces inflammation and stimulates new mitochondria growth, aiding in muscle recovery.

Chronic Health Conditions

  • Frequency: 2-4 sessions per month.

  • Conditions: Back pain, joint pain, localized inflammation.

  • Custom Schedule: Work with your therapist to find the best schedule for your body.

Pregnancy

  • Frequency: Once or twice a month.

  • Benefits: Relieves back pain, hip & sciatic pain, headaches, and tired legs & feet. Can improve sleep.

  • Precautions: Check with your doctor and therapist to ensure it's safe for your pregnancy. Massage is not recommended during the first trimester.


**Note: Massage should not be construed as a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis, or treatment, so when in doubt, talk to your physician!

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