This is one of the most frequently asked questions in relation to massage. There is not one right answer for everyone. You will need to decide what is best for you based on several factors including your goals, time constraints and of course budget.
American Chiropractic suggests different frequencies for your massages based on your desired outcome: Massage for general relaxation and health can generally be obtained through once or twice a month treatments. This is a valid option for those under light to moderate stress levels.
Those seeking massage for stress management would benefit from more regular treatment sessions. People who experience high-stress work or life situations should pursue weekly or bi-weekly treatments whenever possible.
Massage for pain reduction and management is the most variable. You will really need to listen to your body and how it responds to different time spans between treatments. Initially, you will need frequent treatments – even up to three times a week. As the pain comes more under control, you and your therapist can talk about lessening the frequency until you reach a schedule that you can maintain and keeps the pain at bay. Usually this is once every week or two.
Ultimately you didn’t develop the problem that you are seeking relief from in only an hour so it only makes sense that it is going to take strategic, regular care to control it. Each massage can build on the progress of the last but only if you don’t let too much time elapse between sessions. If you do, the muscles revert back to their original state and you will need to start over with the next massage.
That is one reason that Garrow Family Chiropractic established the Massage Club of Wall. It provides the most affordable rates around so that as many people can experience the benefits of regular care as possible. Knowing that you have a set number of massages a month also helps those of us that would put off taking care of ourselves.
So as I said at the beginning, there is no one correct answer for everyone but a regular massage schedule based on your needs will definitely provide you with many benefits.