How Often Should I Receive Massage?

It is important to consult with a doctor before engaging in a regular routine of massage therapy.
During a Thai massage the therapist manipulates the body of the client to help achieve relaxation.
Massage is a popular relaxation and healing tool.
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  • Last Modified Date: 02 August 2014
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Massage is a type of bodywork which involves manipulation of the tissue and muscles to release tension and strain. Many people enjoy massage because it is relaxing and pleasant, but it also has health benefits. Receiving massage at least once a month will result in cumulative health benefits for clients, but an even greater frequency will be much more effective. Ultimately, the decision of how often you get a massage is based on input from your body, your massage therapist, and, in some cases, a doctor.

Receiving massage on a regular basis will help to promote a healthy circulatory system, along with good posture. Massage also releases tension and pain in the muscles, allowing them to move more freely. People who get massages frequently tend to be more flexible and comfortable in their bodies, since they are maintaining a higher level of general health. Massages can also be good for specific conditions, such as stress, and it may even be recommended by a doctor.

The benefits of receiving massage vary, depending on the modality being used. Some types of massage are good for a general “feel good” experience, such as Swedish and Lomi Lomi. Others like lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, and deep tissue are targeted to specific issues in the body. Asian modalities such as Thai massage and Shiatsu are also very beneficial.

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It may take experimentation with getting massage several times and from several different therapists before you start to notice benefits. As a general rule, try to use the same therapist for your massages, since he or she will get to know your body. Be aware that receiving massage has cumulative benefits, so you will not instantly feel better after one or two sessions, but you will start to notice a difference after four or more.

At a minimum, many massage therapists agree that receiving massage once a month is a good start. However, once every two weeks is better. In some cases, getting a massage once a week or more may be indicated, especially in the case of clients who have had recent physical trauma. Frequent gentle massage after a car accident, for example, is far more beneficial than intermittent deep tissue work. A doctor may advocate for massage to treat a specific ailment, and the doctor's recommendation may include a suggestion for frequency as well. Likewise, a doctor should be consulted when embarking on a regular course of massage therapy, to make sure that massage is safe and healthy for you.

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anon325563
Post 5

The more regularly you receive a massage, the better your muscles and joints respond to the treatment and the deeper your therapist can get in. Once a week for deep tissue massage is perfectly fine if that's what your body responds to!

LittleMan
Post 4

How often can my wife get prenatal massages? I'd like to treat her, and I read that there are really good health benefits to a pre natal massage, so how often can she get one?

googlefanz
Post 3

What is the recommended time frame for getting deep tissue therapy massage? I used to get sports massages on a pretty regular basis, and now I want to go back for some deep tissue massage (none of that sissy aromatherapy massage for me, I want to feel it in my muscles)!

So how often can I get a deep tissue massage, or an in depth Swedish massage?

yournamehere
Post 2

I am absolutely addicted to therapeutic relaxation massages, but I don't get them nearly as often as I'd like.

I really think that there is nothing better than a relaxing massage, either for your body, mind, or spirit -- it is just such a renewing experience.

I think I'd get one every week if I could.

mendocino
Post 1

I don't have massage nearly as often as recommended. But when I do have a massage it is such a treat. I think it helps physically and mentally to be pampered for a while.

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