How Often Should I Get a Massage?

cropped-20141126_40761.jpgMany new clients wonder how often they should get a massage. The standard recommendation in the massage industry is once per month for health benefits. I often recommend frequency of visits based on the individual needs of my clients, and their goals for massage.

There are a few things to keep in mind about massage therapy.

  1. Massage has a cumulative effect on the body. This means that the benefits obtained after your first session will be improved with your next treatment. If you schedule your appointments too far apart, the progress made in your previous treatment will be lost and you’ll have to start over. This proves to be a waste of time and money.
  2. Pain patterns take time to develop, therefore they take time to diminish and heal. In other words, a chronic injury or issue can not be solved in one treatment. If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain or haven’t recovered 100% from a past injury, it’s essential to receive massage treatments more regularly to experience positive results.
  3. Massage therapy is a form of preventative healthcare. There are numerous benefits of massage therapy that could potentially help reduce doctor visits, enhance overall immunity, and diminish low back pain.

If you suffer from chronic pain or experience high stress at home or work, I suggest receiving massage 2-4x per month until the pain and/or stress starts to decrease. If you’re including massage in a general wellness plan to reduce stress and relax tight muscles you might consider once a month treatments.

There are numerous factors to consider when deciding how often to receive massage treatments. After your first session, it will be apparent how frequent you need massage to obtain the results you’re seeking.

How often do you receive massage? Are you getting positive results from regular treatments? Let me know your thoughts!

Tara Shultis MA, LMT, RYT