I'm often asked the question about how often someone should get a massage. The defining answer is "it depends"... I know, not very helpful right?
First I want you to ask yourself a couple of questions...
1. How do you feel after you get a massage?
2. How long does that feeling usually last?
3. What are the primary reasons that you get a massage?
In a perfect world, EVERYONE would get massage EVERYDAY.... I recently learned that Bob Hope received massage every single day --wouldn't that be amazing!! I feel blessed that sometimes my teaching schedule gives me terms where I am lucky enough to get on a massage table 2 or 3 times a week. When it isn't one of those terms, I try to get a massage at least every other week. I need it -- its what my body has gotten use to. And THAT, my friends is the answer.
The benefits of massage are many.... but most are not immediate. Research has shown that a 60 minute Relaxation (Swedish) massage can increase your serotonin (feel good hormone) levels and decrease the cortisol (stress hormone), a 60 minute massage can also temporarily decrease your Blood Pressure (for about 30-40 minutes).
But, regularly scheduled massage can help your circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, immune, muscular, nervous, skeletal, lymphatic, excretory, cardiovascular and digestive systems.... That's right! Nearly every system in your body can benefit from regular massage....
So now we are back to the question at hand..... How Regular is Regular? Your body is an amazing machine, it will get use to and benefit from what ever schedule you are able to set and stick with -- whether that's every month or four times a year.
We have clients who come for massage for pain management... they normally will come once or twice per week for 3 or 4 weeks to reach a manageable level... then will set up a schedule of every 2 or 3 weeks for management. While other clients find a benefit at every 2, 4 or even 6 weeks. The key is setting a schedule that works for you and sticking to it!
So, my advice to you is experiment a little.... pay attention to how long "massage euphoria" lasts after your next massage, pay attention to when the little aches and pains or headaches start creeping back into your day... build your schedule around what your body tells you. Because only YOU can decide how often is right for YOU. As long as its regular, then your body will benefit and you will be healthier because of your commitment to yourself and your health!
Yours in Health,