How often you should get a massage depends on several factors, including your physical and emotional needs; your stress levels; and your budget. You will definitely experience the most health benefits from massage when you get massage regularly. Massage calms the nervous system, improves blood circulation and lymphatic circulation, relieves muscle pain, and helps with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms.
If you get a massage once a year, it will be relaxing, but it can't undo a lifetime of muscle tension. Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. If you are in chronic pain or have a special issue to address, you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week) until you feel better.
Once you're feeling good, once a month is the recommended minimum for maintaining the health of your tissue. If you start stretching the massages out too far apart, then your muscles can revert to their old patterns, especially if you come under stress. If you wait too long, you'll have to start all over again to restore their suppleness and pliancy. Listen to your body, but don't wait too long in an effort to save money.
Here at Muscle Mechanics LLC we try and keep the cost of massage at an affordable rate. We understand and know how important massage is for your routine.
How Much Massage Do You Need?
If you already feel good and regular massage keeps you that way, you probably know what works for you. In times of extra stress, you might want to go a little more frequently. If you suddenly experience a spasm due to stress, try to get in to see the massage therapist as soon as possible, preferably someone who knows your body.
If you are in chronic pain and want to see if massage will help, find a good massage therapist whom you feel comfortable with and whose style you like. Let them know you want to address chronic pain, ask if that is their specialty, and work out a treatment plan. Rolfing, neuromuscular training, deep tissue massage and even gentler modalities like craniosacraltherapy can help with pain relief.
Retraining Your Body
A lot of pain comes from the habitual ways we move, so ask for help with your posture. A good massage therapist should be able to help you with this, and give you stretches to do at home.
You might also want to look into other modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and movement training such the Feldenkraise method and Alexander Technique. Often finding the right combination -- and the right practitioners -- will help restore you to health.