Chances are, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you already know the reasons why massages are beneficial to both your long term and short term health. But, just to sum up, massage therapy:
- Effectively reduces stress
- Alleviates pain and muscle tension
- Improves circulation
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps you sleep
- Boosts your immune system
- And just feels so darn good!
Since massage therapy is clearly amazing for both your physical and emotional well-being, clients ask me all the time how often they should get a massage. I’ll be honest—there is no perfect answer. The beauty of massage therapy is that it really all depends on who you are as the individual and the current state of your health.
If you have a chronic problem (say, an injury or back problems), you will need to get massages on a regular basis (i.e., 2-3 times a month) until there is improvement. If it is a new pain or injury, I tell my clients to pay attention to how their body responds to the massage and we can adjust treatment accordingly.
If you’re in relatively good health and enjoy a regular massage, I recommend getting a massage at least once a month to fully benefit from it. I also recommend partaking in other self-care methods like chiropractic, acupuncture, and, of course, regular exercise. Massage is a great way to round out your overall health and wellness.
What have you found works best for you?