Massages are lovely, and it’d be great to have one every day – but is that wise? How often should you get a massage for the best results?
Getting a relaxing massage every day sounds like living your best life.
While it might sound great, it is probably not feasible from many points of view (starting with your budget, for instance!). Also, it turns out that having massages daily might not be such a good idea after all.
Here are a few tips to get the best out of your massage therapy, including what and when to book.
Not all massages were created equal. Understanding the differences before book your sessions is to important for getting the most out of your visit.
If you have always thought about massages as something exclusively aimed at relaxing and helping you to drift off, then you might need to think again. Of course, one of the most appreciated properties of massage is the relaxing effect. But, it’s not the whole story.
Some massages are very powerful and even have healing properties. For example, about massages can be specially tailored and performed on pregnant women, or for recovery from illness or sports injury. Specific types of massages are also incredibly useful in alleviating emotional and psychological issues such as stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
Yes, all of these types of massages can also help to unwind and relax, but each has a goal of addressing and treating specific conditions and parts of the body or the mind.
Now that you know that there’s more to massages than your classical Swedish treatment, you’re going to want to find out which one will suit you best.
Let’s start with one of the most popular, the deep tissue massage. This type of massage is ideal if you’ve been experiencing minor muscular aches as it will help to loosen your muscles, leaving you energized and restored. As you have probably guessed, deep tissue is fantastic if you are an athlete (whether amateur or professional) or if you work out regularly.
If you suffer from emotional issues such as insomnia and anxiety, then an aromatherapy massage will be ideal. Deep tissue and Swedish massage can also provide stress relief by promoting relaxation and calming feelings.
For expectant mothers, the best (and only, in fact) massage treatment is a pregnancy massage. Make sure it’s performed by a fully trained and qualified therapist, and you’ll reap all the benefits.
Another massage that’s in high demand is the hot stone massage. This uses slightly heated stones to facilitate blood flow and oxygen exchange. The beauty of this type of massage is that it can leave you feeling both recharged and soothed.
For current or former cancer patients, some SPA centers also offer an oncology massage. This type of treatment is only carried out by experienced professionals and aims to provide some relief from the common side effects of chemo and radiotherapy.
Once you’ve decided on the type of massage that suits your situation, it’s important to determine when and how often you’ll need it.
If you have a new or chronic muscle issue, a deep tissue massage is an ideal choice for you.
Start with weekly sessions until you begin to see results. Then, dial it back down a notch and book appointments every two weeks.
If you’re lucky enough not to need any specific help with injuries or other concerns, then a classical Swedish massage will do the job.
To reap the benefits of this type of massage you only need to book one as a treat whenever you feel like it. The Swedish massage is a great monthly payday treat.
If you have a little bun in the oven, you are very possibly dealing with all sorts of unfamiliar aches, pains, and twinges.
To help ease the burden that this special time often brings, you should consider booking a pregnancy massage once a week.
Besides helping you handle the physical side of pregnancy, this type of massage will also calm and soothe your nerves.
Like we mentioned earlier, a hot stone massage can have one of these two effects: it can either act almost like a sedative, or it can reinvigorate.
So, depending on which of these two states you plan to achieve, you’ll need to book your sessions accordingly.
If you are looking at a hot stone massage purely to treat yourself and alleviate those minor everyday aches, then you can have sporadic sessions.
On the other hand, if you are aiming at addressing a more specific problem, whether physical or mental, you might want to book bi-weekly appointments.
Now that you have the lowdown on the most popular types of massages, and the frequency with which to book them, you can be sure that you’ll reap all the benefits from your sessions.
Contact Faces Spa in Omaha, Nebraska today at (402) 384-8400 to start implementing your personal massage plan.