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.

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.
How often you should get a massage 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, passed the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
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 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.
If you’re used to Swedish massages, it’s definitely going to feel a little rougher. However, you should always communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much. If you’re tensing up and muscle guarding during a deep tissue massage, the benefits of the massage may be lessened.
It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve. Many people want just one session to get rid of all the tension they’ve built up in their body over decades. They ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, all their knots will go away after an hour. They won’t. It’s going to take a few sessions for the best results, based on your body and lifestyle, and increasing the pressure a masseuse uses doesn’t necessarily help. Your problems likely amassed over a lifetime of strain, stress and poor posture. If you have chronic problems, it will probably take a combination of massage, exercise and relaxation techniques to stem the problem.

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