How Often Should You Get a Massage?

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Massage therapy is one of the many beneficial therapeutic options you can choose from at a spa or a practice that specializes in massage and aroma therapy. People who get massages for their first time realize the effects immediately, and then they start to question how often a person should actually receive a massage. It’s a great question, as massages are healthy and beneficial for your muscles.

The Common Recommendation | If you ask most massage therapists, they will tell you that receiving a massage once a month is beneficial as it gives the muscles a chance to relax from the massage, but once a month is consistent enough to maintain the effects of the therapy. This recommendation is usually given to those that don’t appear to have any chronic pain or problems signifying a more frequent visit. This is a decent recommendation for anyone who is simply looking to relieve stress on a regular basis, rather than work out the muscles.

Relieving Chronic Pain | If you aren’t getting a massage simply for the relaxation part of it, then it’s likely you are trying to relieve some sort of chronic pain. If this is the case, it’s recommended that you receive a massage more frequently but for shorter periods. A weekly visit is more beneficial than monthly. Visits can be about 30-45 minutes rather than the commonly preferred hour session.

Recommendations for Athletes | There are many different types of massages to choose from at a spa, and sports massages are designed specially to focus on athlete’s core muscles they use while exercising and playing their sport. Sports massages are typically deep tissue, and sometimes can focus on areas past the muscles, such as the connective tissues. The best time for a sports massage is three days to a week before a race or big event.

Massages Work Better If You Are a Consistent Patient | Massage therapy is a cumulative process. By this, we mean each massage you recieve following the last will build off the previous one. So your second and third massages will be much more powerful than your first. Your first massage is simply working out that stress and relieving the tension in the muscles, but any massage after that is simply working on top of that first progression.

About the Author: Kelly is a guest contributor from The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa, a Wine Country resort in Livermore, California, providing comfort, hospitality, and spa services.