How Often Should You Get a Massage?

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Massage

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Daily massage is beneficial for optimum health. Massage is relaxing, improves circulation, and helps removes toxins from the body. There are different styles of massage, such as Swedish, Shiatsu, and Rolfing. These styles can vary in intensity from light massage, massage that concentrates on acupuncture pressure points, to deep-tissue, intensive massage.

Consultation with a professional massage therapist will help with the decisions about the styles of massage that are appropriate for each individual, the intensity of the massage, and the suggested frequency for the most beneficial results. Here are some tips that help a person learn the benefits from a regular massage program:

Massage for Stress Relief

Massage is an excellent way to calm down and let go. The intense stress that we all experience just going through our daily routines can be trapped within our muscles. For example, when we work in front of a computer for a long time or frequently talk on a mobile phone, we put the body in a position that can generate strains on our muscles.

These strains cause muscles to get tight and may cause pain if they are not released. Over time, muscle strains from bad posture or repetitive positions that are held by the body may cause other problems with a person’s skeletal structure and nervous system.

Massage for Health Issues

First of all, if there is a health issue, especially serious one, a person should consult with a healthcare practitioner before starting a massage program. After receiving proper advice from a physician, the next step is to consult with the massage professional. Many health conditions are good candidates for the relief that is possible through regular massage. Common examples include chronic neck or back pain and circulatory problems.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) also reports that research studies show that massage is helpful for those with anxiety, mental health issues, cancer, Fibromyalgia, headaches, HIV/AIDS, and immune system disorders. Massage is useful in infant care and perhaps is helpful for autism. Massage may be indicated to help with recovery from heart surgery, to improve glucose levels for those with diabetes, and may help with asthma relief.

One important recommendation from the NIH is to work with a professional, licensed massage therapist. Each state in the U.S. has a license bureau for massage therapists, which offers information about the current license status of any practitioners in the state. Check with the state authority to determine if a specific massage therapist is properly licensed.

Massage as Part of an Exercise Program

When exercising, there is a build of a chemical called lactic acid that stays within the muscles. This is the source of muscular pain and discomfort that arises usually within 24 hours of the exercise routine. By having a sports massage that concentrates on releasing the lactic acid from the muscles, pain is reduced and the recovery time for the muscles to be ready for more exercise is shortened. Massage allows faster and less painful physique improvements as a result of an exercise program.

Massage to Improve Mood

There is no other requirement needed to benefit from a massage, except simply wanting to feel better. Everybody feels better after a light-to-medium level of massage. That great feeling causes natural endorphins to be released in the brain. Endorphins are the brain chemicals that make us all feel better. This is also the reason why massage is helpful for those suffering from depression.

For More Information

More helpful information is available from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), PubMed®, and MedlinePlus.

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Everyone can benefit from a regular massage program. It is important to take care of one’s physical self in order to feel better and to maintain good mental health.

Matrix Spa & Massage is the #1 massage therapist in the Salt Lake City area providing comprehensive services. Contact the spa today for an appointment by email at, or by telephone at 801-799-4999 .

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Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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