The Big Question — How often do I get a Massage?
Whenever I get a new client, I am asked, “How often do you recommend that I get a massage?” The answer, like most answers, is:
It depends on your budget, your health, and why you’re coming in.
You need to assess your budget and determine what you can afford. I have clients who come in for a massage every week, every two weeks, every month, and every whenever-they-feel-like-coming-in. For people who have chronic issues, such as stress, anxiety, headaches, repetitive strain aches and pains, I recommend a massage every two weeks until we get it under control, then once a month thereafter. Remember the saying, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.”
I’ve observed with my clients that the people with chronic problems need to come in once a month to stay on top of it. If they let it go for 6 or 8 weeks, their symptoms start to creep back in, and then we have to start all over again from ground zero.
It also depends on your body’s reaction to massage. Does it improve your immune system? Have you noticed that you don’t get sick as often as your counterparts, or as severely? Are you more relaxed and able to function in your day-to-day life? Would you like to keep it that way? Does getting a massage once a month do it for you, or is it more beneficial to come in twice a month? Have you asked about package discounts? Maybe you can save some money by purchasing several massages together.
Massage has been proven, time and again, in numerous scientific studies, to be beneficial on so many levels. Consult with your massage therapist and figure out what is the best treatment plan for you.