When you receive REGULAR massages, you feel healthier— mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The process RELIEVES muscular tension, frees your mind, opens your pores and your lymphatic system. Over time, you achieve a balanced and holistic wellbeing that you may never have thought you could feel before you started…
But all of this begs the question: what constitutes “regular” massages? Do you go once a week, every 3-4 weeks, once a year, or not at all? As much as we would love to give a clear and concise response, it depends on YOU and YOUR needs. If you use massage therapy to complement frequent, vigorous athletic work or chronic pain, your massage routine can and should differ remarkably from someone who receives massages for stress relief or general relaxation. To gain the greatest benefits of massage therapy, you need to begin by understanding yourself and your needs.
Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain
If you receive a massage therapy to help you deal with a chronic health condition, rather than seeking relief for muscular tension that you renew daily, you are looking to purely hurt less. Even so, a chronic condition, by definition, affects you consistently so when you plan out your therapy regime, you should start by thinking about how often, and how intensely, you feel the pain. More often than not, a massage once or twice a week can subsequently reduce the impact that chronic pain has on your life. By working with the muscles and nerve endings in your skin, a gentle but targeted massage can help to promote the temporary relief you need to function and lessen the impact of your pain and discomfort over time.
Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives. We go to school, we grow, we study, we work and we raise families, and try to find enough time in our day to do everything else. But when stress increases, it drains both our time and our energy. So ironically, the more we think about and worry about how to do everything we need to do daily, the less time and energy we are able to find to do it. Over time (if we let it) the cycle of stress builds and threatens to consume our lives.
If you fit in massage therapy once every two to four weeks, though, you can receive one of the greatest benefits: stress relief. We can’t promise that you’ll no longer feel stressed, but over time, regular massage can help lessen your stress by giving you time to escape and discover your inner chi. This routine will help break up your month and allows you to let go of built up stress before it has a chance to fully intrude on your life.
Finally, for some people, you simply want to feel relaxed. The experience of feeling pampered and rested is most definitely one of the benefits of massage therapy. Muscles tire or strain over time; massage therapy helps them recover faster. It also improves your blood circulation, your oxygen flow through your body, and your general emotional and spiritual sense of wellbeing.
Your massage frequency for this purpose can vary widely depending on YOU. Some people feel like they need a massage fortnightly to feel better, while others do very well scheduling a session once every six weeks. The idea is to establish a regular schedule over time. You will soon find that you look forward to the chance to relax and escape for an hour to emerge feeling revitalised and ready to tackle the world as you know it.
It is important to remember that these are general guidelines for what you should expect. Everyone is different in their own way; you are truly one of a kind! Your stress comes from different situations, and impacts you differently, from what your colleague or partner experiences. You are not better or worse for needing massage more or less frequently than someone else. The important thing is to get to know your body and your mind, and find the path that works best for you!
Why not give us a call and get your massage on! Feel replenished and renewed again. Get the old you back! Quote the words ‘knowthyself’ when you call 01633 266340 and get 15% off your first full body massage treatment… Normal T & C’s apply.