Frequency of Massage
Massage Frequency for General Health and Relaxation!
Massage for General Health and Relaxation
For general health and relaxation - recommendation of massage 1 to 2 times per month for people under light to moderate stress. This would also include people who are sedentary or who exercise only occasionally. Receiving massage therapy 1 to 2 times per month can have excellent health benefits and help reduce the effects of stress.
Massage for Stress Management
For people who have high stress occupations or living conditions, or who travel frequently - recommendation of massage weekly or bi-weekly in order to help the individual in coping with their stress. Tension that builds up from stressful situations can be more easily managed with weekly massage. Additionally, just knowing that you will be receiving massage therapy each week or every other week can be comforting.
Massage Therapy for Pain Reduction and Management
Reduction of, and management of, pain requires a different type of frequency. I call it a "diminishing frequency". People in severe pain not requiring medical intervention can and do receive massage therapy 1 to 2 times per week in the first week. Although rare, this may continue in the second and third week of treatment depending upon response of the client to the massage therapy. When the pain is reduced so is the frequency of massage therapy. At first it may be reduced to once per week, then every other week or less often. Even chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, lupus, carpal tunnel syndrome, tmj-d, and chronic low back pain can have a diminishing frequency. This type of diminishing frequency is typically used with Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release which are powerful massage methods for relieving pain.;