The right answer differs from client to client. How often you get a massage depends on many factors: Your general health, the reason for getting a massage, how you felt after your last treatment, your time, and your budget.
That being said, here are 3 common lifestyle situations and the recommendations for getting you to a healthy level of comfort. 1. Chronic Pain 2. High-stress job or your job requires you to be in one position for a prolonged period 3. Relaxation
1) Relief from chronicpaincan only be achieved when treatment is given on a weekly or biweekly basis to start, then additional sessions at diminishing frequency over a few months as the condition improves. Remember, while some injuries have an immediate feeling of pain, most people will exhaust many avenues for relief before visiting a Massage Therapist. It will then take time to achieve the results for a pain free, active body. You should not expect a quick fix for a mid to long-term problem. If initial treatment is done only occasionally, the effects will be temporary and picking up where you left off will be like starting from the beginning. The practitioner will also teach the client self-help techniques.
2) If you are in a high-stress job or work inan environment that requires you to be in one position for a prolonged period of time, you may develop tightly-knotted muscles in your neck, back, arms and shoulders. This may result in reduced movement and significant pain. In addition, constant stress increases your risk of heart disease. To help you cope with high-stress situations, get a massage once or twice a month.
3) Massage therapy for relaxationmay be scheduled every 2-3 months or as often as needed.
Here's the beauty of bodywork - It's benefits are compounded when massage is utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you get, the more it does.