When clients ask me about how often they should come in for a session, I tell them it depends on their condition, how well their body responds to the treatment, and of course, how motivated they are to get well and stay well. After our initial session, I usually advise them to come back and finish the work if the pain returns in 2-3 days.
Most massage therapists & bodyworkers are taught that the benefits of massage are cumulative through repeated visits—receiving massage regularly, with frequency tailored to the client’s needs. I’m convinced now more than ever that it’s true.
Early in my career, I didn’t promote follow-up maintenance sessions after an average of 2-4 sessions, and achieving a successful outcome; however, after sixteen years of treating acute and chronic pain, and doing additional research on the subject, I’ve come to believe that regular scheduled sessions are beneficial and a good practice for most of my clients.
Getting regularly scheduled massage & bodywork can play a large part in our future health and fitness. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in our health
Research indicates that massage therapy is a powerful ally in our health care, and the medical community is actively embracing bodywork as an integral part of hospice care, incorporating on-site practitioners, and even spas to treat post surgery as part of the recovery process. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. If you have chronic pain, talk to your doctor about adding massage by a qualified clinical massage therapist to your pain management program.
Experts estimate that 90% of disease is stress related, and that nothing ages us faster than our stressful lives. Eliminating anxiety and stress in our fast-paced world is unlikely, but regular weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly therapeutic massage & bodywork sessions, depending on your personal situation, can help manage it.There are obvious health benefits from receiving the work regularly ranging from treating chronic pain, neurological disorders, injuries, and alleviating tensions of our hectic lifestyles. Managing stress in our lives with regularly scheduled maintenance sessions will help keep those nagging, and sometimes debilitating, stress related soft tissue problems at bay.