This is one of the hardest questions I get asked, as there is no "one size fits all" answer. Many factors: time, finances, and therapeutic goals, shape how often I'd recommend massage therapy.
#1: NEVER ENOUGH HOURS IN A DAY
Making timing for regular massages can be difficult into fit in busy schedules, and often determines how often a client can schedule their appointments. It takes planning and some foresight to ensure you get the day and time that works best alongside everything else.
However, when we make time for self-care, it pays off in the long-term. I'm fond of the saying: If you don't make time for wellness, you'll be forced to make time for illness.
Also by pre-booking your appointments, life has a tendency to work around your self-care commitment, instead of competing with it.
I try to make scheduling as quick, easy, and accessible as possible. Online booking is available anytime anywhere. Also feel free to email, text, message via social media, or call.
#2: BUDGETING FOR SELF-CARE
Regular massage treatments may require a budget line item. And that can influence how often a client can afford and schedule their treatments.
When you're in pain, you deserve a professional who is focused on results. I work right where you need it. Your health is worth more than a one-off deal. That's why my savings programs reward routine. Effective self-care is all about commitment and consistency.
#3: YOUR GOALS
Most clients experience the best results with several treatments in short order, then tapered off as we continue to see improvements.
Our goal is to retain and replace the neuromuscluar "norms" that contribute to pain along with identifying tools and strategies for the long-haul. The body will want to revert back, so it's important to stay on track early on. This may mean a few appointments a week, or once a week, or bi-weekly, to break the mold, and then less and less over time.
Other factors can be the history of your pain (old habits are harder to break), treatment consistency (breaking old habits means committing to new ones); and how your body responds (also influenced by many lifestyle choices.) "I really need to relax..." Stress can lead to muscle tension, discomfort, and pain. Some of my clients use massage as a tool to help ease their tension and also take time to relax.
How often clients require massage therapy with this goal depends on how stressful their life is, how successfully they manage that stress, and the degree to which massage helps them in that effort.
I often tell new clients to try a few bi-weekly massage appointments, and combined with some at-home strategies, be mindful of how their body responds and feels. Everyone is different, and that's okay. Evaluate and adjust as needed.
"I have an injury..." Injuries (and surgeries) can impact muscles and the surrounding nervous system in a variety of ways. Massage may help reduce muscle strain, promote greater range of motion, and reduce pain symptoms.
The age and history of the injury, as well as how it affects a client's day-to-day factor in largely for this type of treatment. I often recommend to clients with fresh injuries/surgeries to try several massage appointments within a short time frame then move to a reduced frequency as they improve.
For clients with old injuries, it's all over the map. With old injuries, it usually take some time and regularity to see results. For relief during "flare ups," we may see reduced pain quickly, but then establishing a self-care routine to prevent future pain is paramount. "I have a condition..." Chronic, or long-term, conditions (like fibromyalgia) are often helped by massage therapy as a means to manage symptoms. Massage isn't going to "cure it," but it may make life more comfortable and enjoyable.
Like injuries, the frequency often depends on how the client's day-to-day life is impacted by the condition. These are often my most regular clients, but how often they receive massage still comes down to the individual need.