How often should you be getting a massage? It depends, according to Amey, LMT, and Brogan, LMT, at PRESS Williamsburg.
While some experts half-jokingly suggest "every day" (wouldn't that be a treat!?), there are many factors to account for. For example, consider your purpose for getting the massage. If you're working on a specific pain issue or injury, weekly massages can be a good starting place if it's in your budget.
For more of a general tuneup, or for stress-relief, every 4-6 weeks is the average time frame. Although Brogan says, ultimately, "It depends on your needs, and that could even be one or twice per year."
Another factor to consider is how often you are using your body. Very active individuals and athletes may require more frequent visits. A general recommendation is every 1-3 weeks, especially "if they have specific strain or tension or any area," says Amey.
Pregnant women can greatly benefit from regular massages as well, particularly near the end of the pregnancy. At that time, it's not uncommon for mamas to get massages every 1-2 weeks to help reduce anxiety, muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes.
Beyond the frequency of getting a massage, the techniques and recovery period also matter. For example, a professional athlete getting bi-weekly sports massages may require 24-48 hours of muscle recovery in between sessions as a result of the deeper work. Always check in with yourself after a massage, or even keep a self-care journal, to gauge how you feel after each session.
Every body is unique and requires different needs. Try to schedule your massage right before you think you need it, rather than after it's needed! If you're still uncertain, simply ask your massage therapist.
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