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The all-important question is: when was the last time you got a massage?

If you can easily remember the last time (be it yesterday, last week, or a month ago), then you’re on the right track. Otherwise, you may be wondering how often you should go see your massage therapist. The frequency of massages depends on your personal needs. Below is a quick guide to figure out how often you should get a massage:

For general health and relaxation

It’s ideal to get a massage about once or twice a month to improve one’s general health. Massage is good for people with low to moderate stress levels due to work or people who don’t get to exercise regularly.

For stress management

For people facing a lot of stress and tension at work on at home, it is advisable to visit your massage therapist at least once a week or bi-weekly. This is because the effects of massages are cumulative; which means that the results of the second session are compounded with the results of the first.

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For physical therapy and pain management

For people with acute or chronic body pain, the required amount of massages is of diminishing frequency for a particular period. They can get massages once or twice a week for the first few weeks, and the frequency lessens in the succeeding weeks.

For athletes

It will depend on the sport one’s playing and whether or not one is training for a competition. Some athletes who are undergoing intense training may need to visit the massage therapist more often.

Ultimately, the frequency of getting a massage will depend on one’s personal choice, the condition of one’s body, and the budget. If one is unsure, it is best to consult a doctor or talk to a massage therapist about it.

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