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  • Writer's pictureCamille Wallach

How Often Should I Be Going For A Massage?

Can there actually be too much of a good thing when it comes to massage therapy? The short answer is yes, but people hardly ever overdo it. Once a week is the maximum amount that you should be getting massaged, unless you have a chronic illness, pain, or are playing high-intensity sports. Your therapist will be able to tell you how often you should be getting a massage based on your lifestyle, the state of your body and how the first massage (and every one after that) goes.

Most people’s health insurance/benefit plans will only cover a few massages a year, not nearly enough to amount to one a month even. That being said, if your therapist deems it necessary, and you prioritize your wellbeing and overall health and wellness, then by all means, pay out of pocket for the remaining balance. However, once people’s extended benefits run out, they tend to stretch the time between sessions just a little longer.

Another thing to note is the type of massage you are getting. The different types can vary on how often you are getting them. For instance:

Lymphatic drainage massage: depending on the daily habits and lifestyle of the client, can be done daily at the beginning but overtime can “try two or three times a week”. This massage helps to drain your lymph nodes to release fluid build up that is especially helpful after recent surgeries or with the changing of seasons.

Deep tissue massage: can be done daily, a few times a week, or a few times a month for pain relief. It’s best to rely on your therapist for a recommendation on what is suitable for your needs, as this massage uses slow, forceful strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, and not everyone needs that multiple times a week.

Relaxation massage: Also known as a Swedish massage or full-body massage, promotes relaxation and restoration within the body and can be done every few weeks or monthly.

Scalp massage: can be done regularly twice a week for 15-25 minutes to promote relaxation and possibly help lower blood pressure and heart rate.

If you are battling specific conditions that you are trying to treat, such as mental health, back or neck pain, or chronic pain, you may rely on your medical doctor or specialist as your first point of contact in conjunction with a massage therapist to build your team of specialists. This way you will have more perspectives for your treatment and more options for treating your ailments, and you don’t have to worry about being “over-massaged” or having one type of your benefits run out.

If you have any questions about Mobile Massage, please reach out to us through the contact us page on our website. Also, be sure to follow Mobile Massage on social media for more information about new locations, therapists and wellness!

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