That depends on the reason you’re getting massage.
Are you pampering yourself?
That’s awesome! Get a massage however often you feel like it!
Are you using massage to help improve your health?
Lots of people think massage is just a luxury, but is it more than pampering? Massage research can be tricky. One type of well-respected research is double-blinded, meaning that neither the participants or providers know who is receiving the experimental treatment and who is receiving the control (no treatment or a placebo treatment.) Massage does not lend itself to this type of experiment. Research on massage is in its early stages and often shows mixed results. But research suggests that massage can help with things like stress and pain management, anxiety, and depression. It’s no substitute for medical care, and it’s always a good idea to discuss complementary treatments for any medical condition with your doctor.
Massage can be a great complement to conventional medical treatments. Stress and pain are serious things that can affect the quality of your life. I don’t know about you, but stress and pain make me cranky. Anything I can do to relieve them makes me happier so I can enjoy life and generally be a nicer person to be around. Getting a massage on a regular basis can help. Sure, one massage is great, but I know from experience that it won’t make my stress or that pain in my shoulders developed from years of hunching over a computer magically disappear for good.
At your first appointment, we’ll work together to create an action plan so you can expand that just-had-a-massage-and-I-feel-AWESOME sensation during the rest of your week. And, if it feels like a good fit, we can talk about the best frequency of massage to reach your goals.
If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?