Whenever we have a new client visit us at Michigan Massage and Wellness one of the repeating questions we get is “how often should I get a massage?”
That answer is typically “it depends”.
What brought you in for a massage in the first place? An acute injury? Chronic pain? You have exhausted all of your other options and don’t know where else to go or what to do?
In our practice we see people anywhere from weekly to bi-weekly to monthly, quarterly and as needed.
In my professional opinion, my answer is still “it depends”.
Let me paint a picture for you, dear reader….
Teresa has been with me off and on for years and years and years (at least 8-10 if I had to guess). She first came to see me as a last resort in hopes of avoiding surgery for a nasty case of elbow tendinitis. We did 30 minute weekly or biweekly sessions and after maybe 5 sessions, the pain was a thing of the past. While she still had the occasional flare up from overuse she was able to avoid surgery (not to mention the expensive copays that went along with surgery and physical therapy after!). After that we resumed monthly maintenance massages for quite some time.
Fast forward to 2018, Teresa was having another problem, this time with her neck. Doctor had prescribed physical therapy 3 times a week and come on, who has time for that when you work full time?! So, we started doing weekly sessions and after 3-4 weeks, we were able to get her back on to maintenance. And oh yeah, she quit physical therapy after we started upping the frequency of her massage visits.
Now I’m not saying that what we do is a substitute for any other modalities, and I’m not saying that we can fix you like we did Teresa, but it is my recommendation that if you are coming to see us for any type of long term problem, such as frozen shoulder, sciatica, plantar fasciitis or anything that is keeping you from moving optimally throughout your day (and life), you should strongly consider booking once or twice weekly sessions until we can work on resetting the neuro pathways in your brain to send the message that we are setting new movement patterns.
It takes time though. It’s just like anything else, you don’t eat one salad and lose 10 pounds or go into the gym on day 1 and back squat 300 pounds. It’s a process, and the more compliant you can be, the better your results will be.
Shirley, for example, was being stretched at another facility every week for 7 years and still having pain. SEVEN YEARS! Needless to say when she had her first appointment with me the standards for myself were set pretty high, and well, take a look at what she had to say after a year of weekly Fascial Stretch Therapy sessions!
Don’t have an injury or long term pain and you just enjoy the benefits that massage provides such as:
- Decreased blood pressure
- Decreased stress levels
- Better mood
- Better sleep
- Better digestion
- Better skin
Then you may want to look at a standing monthly appointment. Trust me when I say that you deserve it. We only get one body, time to start treating it right. And with us booking throughout 2019 why not take advantage so you have something to look forward to all year? Your body will start to get used to it, and it should.
In good hands,
Rebecca Tamm, LMT