• Jasmine woods

How Often Should You Have A Massage?

Updated: Nov 7

One of the most common questions a massage therapist is asked is ‘how often should I get a massage?’ While a weekly or fortnightly treatment is ideal, this may not suit everyone’s budget or schedule. The real question to ask is, what is the purpose of your massage? Here are some points to think about if you are unsure how regularly you should have a massage.

Massage to address a physical health issue

If you have been recommended a massage by a doctor to treat pain, illness, or injury, then they may have already determined the frequency of your massages for you. To get the maximum effectiveness from the treatment, it is usually advisable to have a massage once or twice a week.

You may find that for pain management, the effects of the massage gradually last longer. This is a sign that you are reaping the benefits from muscle relaxation and deep healing. You may wish to decrease the frequency of your appointments over time, or maintain them to ensure that the condition doesn’t flare up again.

Massage to manage stress

A full body massage, sometimes called a Swedish massage, can be used to promote general relaxation and good mental health. It can be carried out on a monthly basis to help you keep on an even keel, or more often, during extra stressful periods at work, for example.

It is now recognised that taking good care of our emotional wellbeing is just as important as eating well and exercising, so you shouldn’t feel like a massage to de-stress or improve your mood is an indulgence. How often you go really depends on how you feel; this is a personal decision, but it may also be a factor in controlling issues such as high blood pressure.

Massage to aid athletic performance

Deep tissue massages can help athletes to prepare for an event, and also receive any injuries they have picked up during training. The treatment warms up the muscles, and stetches them out, which reduces the risk of strains, and improves flexibility. Massage also results in improved blood flow, which means that the muscles move more powerfully.

Post-event massage helps to reive sore muscles, and ease the tightness with increased blood flow. This speeds the recovery process, and reduces the risk of long-term damage. How often you have a sports massage will depend on the intensity and frequency of your athletic activity.

Professional athletes will have regular massages as part of their training schedules, for anything up to three or four times a week. If you partake in weekly sports, or are training for an intense and demanding event, then a bi-weekly massage would be beneficial.

Massage for ‘me time’

Not everyone has the budget or time for a regular massage, and it is also fine to have one now and then for a treat. Many people simply enjoy the process of being pampered, and having some ‘me time’ in a relaxing environment. The lovely light feeling afterwards is just an added bonus!

If you are looking for a massage in Wimbledon, please get in touch today.

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