When Should You Get a Massage?

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Massage

Depending on the reason or reasons why you are getting a massage in the first place, really depends on often you should get a massage. It also depends on you, your health; how you were the last time you got a massage, the price of the massage and your budget.

Contact Your Massage Therapist

First off you should schedule a meeting with a massage therapist to discuss your concerns and ask any questions you may have. At the same time you will discuss a schedule depending on why you would be seeing them in the first place.

Some people get a massage to help with relaxation, but in most cases massages are obtained to help ease muscle and joint pain. These massages help by supporting proper functions of the body, inclusive of joint flexibility and blood circulation. Having these type of massages on a regular basis helps ease pain, stress points and muscle tension. Every three to four months these sessions can be scheduled.

Times of Higher Stress

There may come times that you experience higher stress due to work related issues or any number of issues in your environment. This causes tightly knotted muscles in your back, arms and shoulders which then can decrease the amount of movement within the body and a significant increase in pain. Getting a massage once or twice a month can help reduce the amount damage that can be done to your body caused by stress and lack of movement.

When it comes to being intensively physically active or even an athletic person, having a professional massage therapist and having routinely frequent massages that are specialized can help enhance someone’s performance. At that same time this can help prevent injury and speed up the recovery time of a muscle injury. Massaging can help strengthen muscles before a sport activity and also help heal muscles afterward.

Physical Therapy

If you are looking to be treated for a chronic pain or illness, there is specialized and specific plan that you would need to speak with your therapist about and get a plan together that would benefit you. These plans can be anywhere from once a month to several times a week, depending on what you would need to be treated for.

Some expectant mothers can have massages depending on where they are in there pregnancy, on any number of aches and pain. These will have to be performed by Certified Pregnancy Massage Therapist and done once or twice a month. Always check with doctor to make sure it is safe and appropriate for you.

As long as you are generally healthy and have no chronic conditions, it is generally safe for you to get a massage. If you need to be treated for anything, that should be treated first, or discussed with your therapist. If you felt better or worse after your last massage, this should be assessed with your therapist first to evaluate your plan to make sure you are getting maximum affect of their efforts. At the same time of all these issues, your main concern of course is your pocket book. Make sure you take full advantage of any coupons or specials that your therapist has, and that this is as affordable to you as possible so you are not adding stress to your body while trying to make yourself better.

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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.