1 hour per month is the quick answer-for the regular NON-COMPETING person. (For competing athletes in training, this article is not for you.)
For preventative healthcare in your life, have a 1 hour massage each month, IF you don’t have any nagging pains, depression issues, injuries, recent surgeries (within 1 year). Start now and your body will thank you. Just think…how the world would change if everyone had a massage every month!!
With chronic pain, anxiety, recent injuries or surgeries & other possible ailments, having a massage 1-2 per week —-until your issue is resolved—- is the best plan of attack. Depending on your issue, this could take 1-12 weeks, or longer. Try to think of this as an incredible investment into your healthcare, into your longevity, health, happiness & smart living.
After the pain or anxiety stays away for more than 1 week, then start to spread out the time between massages: 10 days, then 14 days, then 21 days, and finally 28 days between massages. Remember to stay 14 days, 14 days, etc, until there is no pain for that entire time between sessions. You could even call your therapist & push your appointment out a few days if you don’t feel pain yet.
It is not uncommon to need a weekly massage for a few weeks within this entire process…especially for off-season marathon runners or MMA fighters between fights, or people recovering from hip/knee replacements, for example. Don’t give up hope!! This is not a set-back, instead, it’s a shift for your healing process and a time when your body may need just a bit more support.
Truly learning how to support your body by understanding what it needs to heal is a great gift. Once your brain and your body are on the same team and not fighting each other, many things start to click into place.
When you have 28 days between massages PAIN FREE, there is nothing better for client or therapist!! Even the first week without pain is very exciting. Just remember that it can take a few weeks, but if you are consistent & gentle with yourself, miracles can happen.
Start this week! Have a massage and de-stress. Breathe deeper. Feel more peace. Hope. And most of all, Love. Yourself.