Learning how to recognise the physiological and psychological signs and symptoms in your body and choosing to get regular massage treatments is an effective way to achieve long-term health and well being. Find out why and how in this article.
Massage therapy is about getting your mind and body back to a balanced state. Did you know that a 60-minute massage is about the same as 7-8 hours of sleep to your body? Massage therapy is a hands-on treatment that manipulates the body’s soft tissues to relax, revive and heal the body. Touch and massage stimulate the release of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer, which makes it an effective therapy to help improve your physical and mental well being.
Let's learn how to recognise the 18 signs you need a massage and how often you should get one in order for you to achieve long-term health and well being.
The 18 Physiological and Psychological Signs You Need a Massage are:
You feel stressed most of the time and find it hard to physically relax
You’re experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression
You’re experiencing nervous tension and constant mental chatter
You feel sluggish, tired or lethargic
You’re craving junk food
You struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep
Your muscles feel tight, stiff or sore
You’re experiencing neck, shoulder, hip or back pain
You’re experiencing joint pain
You have limited flexibility or range of motion
You have poor posture
You’re sedentary for most of the day
Your work involves repetitive movements that result in aches, pains and strains
You suffer from muscle tension and aches in your neck, shoulders, upper or lower back areas
You suffer from leg cramps especially after overworking or strenuous exercise
You suffer from regular headaches or migraines
It’s been a while since you last had a massage
You’ve never had a massage before
How Often Should You Get a Massage?
As individuals, we’re all unique with specific health and wellness needs, so the frequency of massage therapy treatments will differ from person to person. Personally, I tell my clients to book a massage treatment whenever they feel the need for one, but I do advise my clients to receive a massage treatment at least once a month for lasting benefits.
If you’re unsure, seek the advice of your massage therapist. You can take it a step further by asking your massage therapist for a treatment plan.
For the purpose of clarity, I recommend that you consider these Three Wellness Goals and use it as a starting point and guide to help you determine how often you should get a massage.
Wellness Goal 1 — Massage Therapy for Relaxation
If your goal is purely relaxation then you can choose to get a massage as often as you like, whether it’s weekly monthly or a bit longer, as prevention is better than cure. So to maximise the benefits from your massage treatment, it’s always a good idea to book regular appointments, preferably in advance, so that you don’t miss your preferred appointment slot.
Wellness Goal 2 — Massage Therapy for Pain Relief
If your goal is to relieve pain, then you can receive massage therapy as often as every three days, giving your muscles enough time to recover from the previous massage treatment. However, the gap in between treatments can vary and could be weekly or fortnightly, depending on the condition being treated, the type of treatment being received and until the pain subsides. For example: you can have a full body aromatherapy massage only once a week but you can have a full body holistic massage more than once a week. So, discussing your treatment goals with your massage therapist and coming up with a treatment plan would be the best way forward.
Wellness Goal 3 — Massage Therapy for Relieving Muscle Knots
If your goal is to relieve muscle knots and tension, then a weekly massage treatment is recommended for a period of 6 weeks. This enables your massage therapist to fully work out the muscle knots. After which, it is advised to get regular massage therapy treatments every 3-4 weeks to prevent the muscle knots from reoccurring.
Remember, the aches and pains you feel are messengers and a way for your body to send you signals that require your attention. So, listen to them and don’t ignore them.
By learning how to recognise the physical and emotional signs and symptoms in your body and by taking action towards improving your well being, you'll be able to enjoy long-term health and wellness through regular massage treatments.
Take the first step by booking your massage treatment and start your journey to better health and wellness today.
About the Author:
Juliana Rego, MFHT is the founder of HOLISTICA and a registered member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). She is a qualified Aromatherapist and Body Massage Therapist running her holistic therapy practice from locations in South East London.