The weather is turning crispy, and certainly it is that time of the year that we are in our beautiful fall season. Think of your body as having a season as well. You are coming off of an active summer and you’ve gotten back into the swing of things.
Personally, I enjoy the transition between summer and fall because it gets me back onto a schedule. Kids are back at school and seems like that puts the world back into a more efficient running order. Speaking of schedules, I have been asked, how many times should I schedule a massage?
There is no textbook answer here. Or perhaps, the textbook answer I learned in school, is an issue can be resolved in six to eight visits. And that might include you, the client, doing some homework between your massages (ex. stretches) and even correcting some of the bad daily habits that have gotten you into my office in the first place.
So, six to eight visits (weekly, bi weekly) with you working to correct the behavior that sends you to a therapist in the first place. It’s a good place to start. It really depends on how quickly and how well your body responds to therapy.
Once you get your issues addressed, then perhaps you’ll need to see me monthly. Most times a massage therapist can help with an issue in the time you’ve discussed (every case is different and can depend on other factors such as overall health, willingness to correct bad habits and the frequency of visits recommended).
As I seem to be telling more and more clients, it will do more for you to recognize when your body is starting to feel bad, and then seek relief at that time and not waiting until it becomes debilitating or a full-blown issue. Being proactive certainly helps you more in the long run than being reactive and attacking your pain after it has invaded your everyday life.
Proactive or reactive, massage therapists are happy to help you when you need us. We appreciate being needed but we appreciate it even more when we see a hurting person walking out with a smile on their face feeling better. Helping you feel better makes us feel better.
So, how many times should you get a massage? Talk to your massage therapist and they’ll be happy to share with you what is ideal for your situation. Once massage becomes part of your life, you’ll see it’s hard to do without it.