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Rattled by Routine: How Often Should I Get a Massage?

Things to Consider When Deciding How Often to Get a Massage

At IMMERSE, we often get asked the question, “how often should I get a massage”, and when deciding how often, you should consider the following.

  • Lifestyle: It depends on your activity level. Are you highly active? Are you looking to reduce pain? Are you an athlete or performer? This will all greatly impact your needs.

  • Activity Level: If you sit for most of your day, you probably have areas of tension in connective tissue that needs more. If you work a physical job, a higher massage frequency may be better. 

  • Pain Management and Physical Needs: If you are looking for pain relief, we usually recommend that you come in once or twice per month. This helps you get ahead of it. As long as you are in pain, it is best to come in more often than not.

The Benefits of Consistent Massage Therapy

Haven’t had your first massage? There are many benefits. The key is finding the right massage therapists who will work with you to help you with your care plan so you can de stress and live pain free. If you’re looking for someone to help with neck pain management, scar tissue, tension relief or muscle tightness, surgery recovery and we hope at IMMERSE we can help you reach your goals!

Consistency can provide numerous benefits for positive health. Regular weekly swedish massage sessions can help you get neck pain relief, sore muscles, and improve your overall physical and mental well being. One of the main benefits of consistent body massage stress hormone reduction. can reduce inflammation, decrease blood pressure, release fluid build up and toxins. Trigger point therapy, myofascial release, sports massage, all of which can be effective in managing injuries. It can also help to reduce anxiety, improve sleep quality or if you have an underlying health condition. Finally, consistent body massage helps to improve your boosting your immune system, fighting illness increasing your energy levels, increasing the health of your lymph nodes to fight fluid build up and promoting a sense of overall balance and wellness.



 

How Often Should I Get a Massage?

If you have an injury, then coming in more regularly will be great for your body. However, if you feel healthy and don’t have any specific issues, it might not be necessary to come in every week or even every month.

In general, we recommend a soothing massage a month–but that varies from person-to-person based on their lifestyle and goals! 

 

For example:

  • If you are a workout warrior, training for an athletic event (like running a marathon) and want to reduce muscle soreness before your competition by getting a sports massage / weekly massage as a part of your training schedule until race day; then that would be “ideal” because you want a specific result from your healing experience.

 

The frequency will depend on various factors, such as the certain massage techniques, your massage therapist uses, and the specific condition you are seeking treatment for. If you are looking to benefit from the forceful strokes of a deep massage, the frequency of your sessions will depend on your goals for treatment, the severity of your symptoms, and your level of physical activity. For those seeking relief from injuries, it may be beneficial to receive a weekly massage for special body time every other week. This will allow your massage therapist to work deeply into the affected areas, and be pain free. In contrast, if you are seeking relaxation, a monthly session may be sufficient. However, it’s important to communicate with your massage therapist about your goals for treatment and any changes in your condition to determine the optimal frequency of full body massage. It’s also worth noting that having consistency can have make a huge difference and cumulative benefits over time. You can decrease your blood pressure, increase blood flow, while decreasing the risk of blood clots, while increasing range of motion, and prevent future injuries. Ultimately, the frequency will depend on your individual needs and goals for treatment, but consistency can provide numerous benefits for your physical health, well being and if you have a medical condition.




 

Factors to Consider When Determining Your Massage Schedule

It has many benefits to enhance your life. However, before you decide if you need regular massages, you should consider a few things.

 

When it comes to determining your schedule, there are several factors to consider, such as the overall health of your nervous system, lifestyle, and goals for treatment. These factors can help you determine how often you should come in, whether it’s once a week, every two weeks, or once a month. One factor to consider when determining your schedule is the severity of your condition. If you have injuries, or a lot of tension in specific areas of your body, you may benefit from more regular massages. For example, if you have a sports injury, you may need to come in for a sports massage every week to help manage your symptoms and promote healing. On the other hand, if you are seeking relaxation, you may only need to come in once a month. Another factor to consider is your level of physical activity. If you are physically active, you may be putting more strain on your muscles and joints, which can lead to tension. In this case, you may benefit from more frequent massage to help prevent injuries and promote recovery.

In conclusion, determining your schedule depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of your condition, your level of physical activity, and depending on your need for stress relief.



 

Your Reason For Seeking Massage

Before you decide your schedule, think about the following questions: Are you looking to improve your range of motion, or improve the quality of your sleep? Your needs determine how often you should schedule a session.

Your reasons can vary depending on your needs and lifestyle. Depending on your condition and goals, you may come in for a massage once a week, every two weeks, or once a month. Deep tissue massage is a therapeutic technique that uses more foreceful strokes. This type of can be particularly beneficial for those with injuries, or tension in specific areas of their body. During deep tissue massage, your therapist will use a variety of techniques, such as deep kneading, sustained pressure, and stretching, to release tension and promote relaxation in your muscles. If you are seeking to benefit from other modalities such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, or sports. The frequency will depend on several factors, including the severity of your condition, your lifestyle, and your goals for treatment. If you have an injury, you may benefit from weekly or bi-weekly to help manage your symptoms and promote healing. Ultimately, the frequency will depend on your individual needs and preferences, as well as the recommendations of your therapist.



 

1. Chronic Pain

 

Chronic pain can be a debilitating condition that can severely impact one’s quality of life. While there are several approaches to managing this issue, it has proven to be a highly effective option for many people. When you struggle with chronic pain, you might come in for once a week or once every two weeks for several reasons. Firstly, it can help manage it by reducing inflammation. It can often lead to stiffness, which can limit your range of motion and make it difficult to perform everyday tasks. it can help by providing emotional and psychological benefits, it can help you lead a healthier, happier life.







 

2. Relaxation

 

If relaxation is your primary goal, it may only be necessary to come in once a month or a blue moon for a session. A single session can help, help improve your immune system by helping to white blood cells move so they can stay flowing nicely, and improve the health of your lymph nodes. Another reason for only coming in once a month or a blue moon is practicality. Many individuals may lead busy lives, and scheduling may not be feasible. In this case, coming in for a session once a month or a blue moon can still provide a much-needed break from the stresses of daily life and help promote relaxation. Lastly, cost can also be a factor in how frequently individuals need for relaxation. It can be an investment, and coming in for regular sessions can add up quickly. By coming in once a month or a blue moon, individuals can still enjoy the benefits while keeping costs manageable.



3. Headaches

Headaches are a common problem that can affect individuals of all ages and can be caused by various factors such as stress, tension, and poor posture. Headaches can be caused by various factors, and massage may not be effective for all types of headaches. For example, headaches are often caused by the neck and shoulders, and massage can help reduce the frequency and intensity of tension headaches. However, migraines are often caused by changes in blood flow in the brain and it may not be as effective in treating migraines. Secondly, headaches can be caused by underlying medical conditions, such as TMJ disorders or sinus infections, which require medical treatment. In this case, it may be used as a complementary treatment alongside medical interventions. However, it may take longer to get relief as the underlying condition needs to be addressed first. Lastly, it may take longer to get relief if an individual has chronic headaches.

4. Bad Posture

Poor posture is a common problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It can result from prolonged sitting, standing, or repetitive movements, leading to muscle imbalances, and joint dysfunction. Massage can be an effective treatment option for individuals struggling with poor posture. However, it may take longer for individuals with poor posture to get relief with massage due to several factors. Firstly, poor posture is often a result of chronic muscle imbalances. These imbalances cause some muscles to become overactive, while others become underactive, leading to compensations. In this case, this modality can help release tension in overactive muscles and activate underactive muscles, leading to improved postural alignment. However, correcting muscle imbalances can take time, and individuals with poor posture may require multiple sessions to achieve significant improvement. Secondly, individuals with poor posture may have developed chronic muscle tension due to prolonged postural deviations. These deviations cause some tense muscles to be overworked and others to be underworked, leading to muscular fatigue. It can help release chronic muscle tension. However, it may take longer to achieve relief as it takes time to break down adhesions and knots that have formed in the muscles due to chronic tension. Lastly, individuals with poor posture may require a more comprehensive approach to address their postural deviations. However, with consistency along with other complementary modalities, individuals with poor posture can achieve significant improvement in their postural alignment and alleviate pain. 

 



Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle is an important factor to consider when deciding on how often to get a massage. If you are doing physically demanding activities often, you may have more muscle strain and tension. Therefore, you may need to schedule more frequently to alleviate muscle soreness. Conversely, if you are less active, you may only need to schedule once per month or occasionally as preventative care.

When considering how often to receive a massage, it’s important to take into account your lifestyle and daily activities. Factors such as your level of physical activity, job requirements, and stress levels can all impact the frequency that would be beneficial for you. By considering these factors, you can determine the optimal frequency to support your health. For those with a sedentary lifestyle, such as office workers, it may be beneficial to counteract the effects of sitting for long periods of time. Additionally, incorporating stretches and movement into your daily routine can help to further support your physical health. On the other hand, if you have an active lifestyle that involves frequent exercise or physical labor, deep tissue or sports may be more appropriate. These types can help to alleviate soreness, promote muscle recovery, and prevent injuries. Depending on your level of activity, you may benefit from weekly or bi-weekly sessions to maintain optimal physical performance.






Consistency Is Key

What ever the case, consistency is key when it comes to massage. Consistency will help your body heal from injuries and prevent new ones. If you’re looking for long-term relief, it’s best to have consistent schedule.

If you are looking to enhance your immunity and eliminate toxins, you may opt to be more consistency because it helps you achieve results much faster.

While a single session can provide immediate relief from tension, pain, and stress, consistency can have cumulative benefits that improve over time. Additionally, consistency can help to foster a strong relationship with your therapist. By working with the same therapist over a period of time, you can develop a level of trust and comfort that allows for a more personalized approach to your treatment. Your therapist can become familiar with your individual needs and preferences, allowing for a more effective and efficient treatment plan. Additionally, consistency can help you become more attuned to your physical needs, foster a strong relationship with your therapist. By making therapy a regular part of your self-care routine, you can support your physical health for the long-term.

Don’t Wait

Many people wait until they’re in pain before seeking help from a massage therapist. However, that’s after your body is telling you something is already wrong! Waiting until the pain is unbearable could lead to more damage and make it harder to treat. If you start to feel pain, it’s best to get a massage ASAP.

Usually, it takes more time and effort to treat a pain that has been going on for too long compared to one that is managed from the start. That could mean more frequent massages will be needed to heal your condition. Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable; schedule a massage as soon as you feel discomfort!

Waiting too long can result in pain and muscle imbalances that may require more extensive treatment. Similarly, if you’re experiencing mental or emotional stress, don’t wait to seek relief. Consistent therapeutic massage can help to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety, improving your overall mental health. In addition to preventing further damage, scheduling regular massage sessions can help you to maintain the benefits of previous sessions. By waiting too long between sessions, you may lose some of the progress made during previous sessions, and it may take longer to achieve the same level of relief. Regular massage therapy can help to maintain progress and prevent the recurrence of pain or stress. In summary, waiting to receive a massage can lead to more severe physical and mental health issues. Instead, it’s important to prioritize your self-care and schedule regular massage sessions to prevent further damage and maintain progress. If you’re experiencing physical pain or discomfort or mental or emotional stress, don’t wait to seek relief through massage therapy. By making massage therapy a regular part of your self-care routine, you can support your overall health and physical well-being.

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Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.
  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!
  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!

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