How Often Should You Get A Massage?

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How Often Should You Get A Massage?

11th May 2022 09:11 AM

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Wondering how often you need to be kneaded?

A question we’re regularly asked is how often should you get a massage? Like so many things when it comes to your health and wellbeing, a tailored approach usually works best. The type of massage you prefer, along with your reason for seeking therapy plays a huge part in determining the best schedule for you.

Many of us have massages for stress relief (especially Swedish or Hot Stones Massages), whether it’s to help release tension held in the body, or to help relieve emotional stresses and strains. If you regularly need to relax and unwind a typical massage schedule is every 4-6 weeks to help keep stress at bay. A one-off massage can also be great if you find yourself in need of a self-care boost.

If you’re struggling with a new or persistent injury, or prolonged muscle tension, both Deep Tissue Massage and Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage are popular choices. Some aches, pains and strains may be soothed by a single massage, whereas some issues may need a little more attention. If you’ve been struggling for a while, or have an injury beyond that of a minor ache, it can be beneficial to begin with weekly, or fortnightly massages until the issue is improved. After that a more typical massage schedule may be every 4-6 weeks, or even longer, depending on the cause of your complaint, especially if it’s lifestyle or occupation driven and prone to recurring.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage may help with swollen arms and legs, post-surgery recovery including liposuction (check with your doctor first that it's suitable for you), and recurrent infections such as colds etc. A typical massage schedule for Lymphatic Drainage can vary from person to person, some people may prefer regular appointments every few weeks (or longer), whereas others may prefer a few appointments closer together, followed by a longer gap. Your practitioner will be able to help you work out what suits your lifestyle to help you get the most from your massage. If you’re seeking Lymphatic Drainage Massage following an operation, your surgeon may offer you advice regarding how regularly massage is needed, and for what duration. Sadly we’re not able to offer Lymphatic Drainage Massage to anyone who has cancer, or has received treatment for cancer in the last 6 months.

Pregnancy Massage can be seen as a luxury treatment, something you treat yourself, or a loved one to in later pregnancy. In reality Pregnancy Massage can support you both physically and emotionally throughout the journey. It's common to experience aches and pains as your body changes as you progress through the trimesters, especially lower back pain. Regular massage can help you reduce the effect of the stresses and strains the body endures during pregnancy and can also be beneficial to your emotional wellbeing, helping you ‘keep going’ as you mentally and physically prepare for birth.

Whatever massage you’re considering, It’s important that your Massage Therapy works for you. Your Therapist can help you work out whether an ad hoc massage when needed, or a schedule is best to help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals.

To find out more about Massage at The Bridge Centre or to book an appointment call us on 01332 521 270.

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