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Frequency of massages

How often should you receive a massage. It is a question that is impossible to answer generally since it always depends on the individual in question and their situation.

For most people wishing to relax and maintain a normal healthy body, once a month is a suitable frequency. It is often enough that the tensions building up can be dealt with and become a moment of full relaxation and de-stressing as part of your wellness plan.

If you encounter a period of increased stress, then it can be very beneficial to increase the frequency of massages to once a week, or even a couple of times a week while the pressure lasts. Not only are sore and tense muscles relaxed and potential physical problems countered. Mentally you get a chance to fully relax and let go of the stress for a while, which in return helps you cope with the stress in your life and solve the problems and challenges more efficiently. As the stress subsides, so does the frequency of massages received until returning to once a month.

When you begin to see a massage therapist to address postural and physical anomalies it is often necessary to have frequent sessions in the beginning to normalize soft tissue, and later less frequent visits to maintain what has been achieved. It can be necessary to get massages a couple of times a week for several weeks in the beginning and then later lower the frequency to once a week, and then once every other week before starting on the maintenance routine.

The frequency of massages always depends on the individual. A good massage therapist will work out a treatment plan and continuously adjust it to suit the needs of the individual. Be open and direct with your expectations and issues in your current situation, so that the therapist has all the knowledge needed to create the best treatment plan for you.

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When to get a massage, Why get a massage, The importance of Touch, Massage and Stress, and Massage relieves Burnt-out.

About Pia Poulsen

Pia Poulsen is educated as a wellness massage therapist at Institut FIGARI in Paris, from where she passed her certification exam in January 2008. Since then she has expanded her skills to become the first Advanced LaStone® practitioner in France as well as a certified LaStone® instructor.


One Response to “Frequency of massages”

  1. interesting, thanks for sharing

    Posted by Tony Puckerin | Tuesday 15 February, 2011, 00:54