The main things you need to consider are your overall health, stress levels, whether you’re in any kind of pain and also whether you are a regular exerciser or athlete. You’ll certainly be able to get the best results from your massages if you have them regularly to keep up the benefits. Massage helps in so many ways; it relaxes you, improves your circulation, relieves pain and can even help to manage long term pain conditions like arthritis.
When You’re Stressed
Whether the stress is coming from your everyday work, or a life event, a massage can be a real stress reliever. If the stress is long term and ongoing, your massage therapy should be the same. If your job involves frequent travel, it’s also a good idea to get a massage more regularly as this can put a lot of stress on your body on top of the inactivity from driving or flying. A weekly or bi-weekly massage is ideal if you are really feeling the pressure, because the tension can build up when you’re dealing with stressful situations and before you know it, it can overwhelm you. Scheduling in that bit of weekly relief time can go a long way towards relaxing you and helping you deal with stress.
When You’re in Physical Pain
Massage can be a good pain reliever. If you are in chronic pain and don’t want to keep taking higher doses of pain meds it is worth trying a regular course of massage therapy to get on top of the pain and manage it better. For chronic pain, twice per week or weekly massage is recommended if the pain is severe, at least to start with. You can then reduce to weekly, or bi-weekly, depending on how you feel.
When You Exercise
It’s important to make sure that your muscles and joints are kept in the best possible health if you’re an athlete. Higher levels of physical activity are great for your fitness but can put strain on joints and leave you prone to injury. If you’re an athlete, you could consider a bi-weekly massage – even more if you’re training for an event. Once a month if you’re not in training. Massage is a great way to give yourself a competitive advantage as you can train harder with less chance of injury.
you just want to have a massage for the general health benefits and don’t currently have any medical or physical needs, a massage once a month should be all you need to get the benefits of regular massage. Scheduling a relaxing massage treatment for yourself on a regular basis means that you can build on the effects of each session, whereas if you only have a massage occasionally you have to start again from scratch every time.
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