Among the most frequent questions that professional masseurs hear is: “How often can massage be done and how many sessions should include one massage course?.” This is a very good question. But it is impossible for any specialist to give a universal answer. The frequency of sessions depends heavily on the individual physical condition as well as on the goals that are planned to be achieved during the treatment course.
Today we will talk about how often massage can be done using various therapeutic techniques, as well as briefly outline the peculiarities of using massage for different ages.
So how often should I get a massage?
Almost all types of massage are carried out in several sessions as part of the same course. Between courses, it is necessary to withstand significant pauses. The exception is relaxing massage, which has almost no limitations and could be done as needed (especially during severe stresses or at high physical loads).
The purpose of therapeutic massage is to improve the health of individual organs, so only the attending physician can determine its intensity and frequency. The average number of sessions of therapeutic massage – 12-15 procedures for the full course, which lasts not more than 3 months. Therapeutic massage is usually associated with unpleasant and painful feelings. The more painful the sessions, the less often they should be held.
Therapeutic massage in chronic diseases
The intensity of the massage, in this case, depends on which part of the body is affected, how long it has been observed and what the physical condition of the patient is. The length of the massage course is determined by the attending physician. In case of severe localized inflammation or hernias, 2 to 4 massage courses are carried out in one year, each of which includes 20 to 30 sessions. In case of osteochondrosis, it is necessary to make massage starting from 2-3 times a week, then reduce the number of sessions to 1-2 per month.
Classic or relaxing massage
General massage is intended for relaxation and improvement of body tissue nutrition, for improvement of life tone. General massage includes both smoothing, rubbing and warm-up with hands, as well as vibration-roller massage with various electric massagers like massage chairs or handheld massagers.
The duration of the course is about 10 procedures in one day. The duration of one session is about an hour during which each body part is massaged for 10-15 minutes.
The purpose of cosmetic massage procedures is to improve the skin of the face and slow down the aging process. Its periodicity is determined individually, on average it is made in 2 cycles, each of which includes 10 to 15 sessions 1 or 2 times a week. Only a qualified specialist can make a quality cosmetic massage of the face, it is not necessary to carry out it independently at home. However, light cosmetic massage can be done before each application of cosmetics and with your hands or electric massagers.
It is a technique of point massage shiatsu, which has been practiced since long times in China and the rest of Asia. By affecting vital points in the body (acupuncture centers) associated with all internal human organs, the overall tone of the body is significantly improved and life energy is restored.
Preventive massage procedures prevent the development of many diseases to which the patient has a predisposition. They cannot be made too often because the body must adapt to such exposure. The course includes 10-12 sessions, which are held 1 or 2 times a month. Rest between two courses – 6 months.
Connective tissue massage
The purpose of this type of massage is to stimulate blood circulation in the connective tissues of the body and subcutaneous fiber. The main method of action involves prolonged pressure on problem zones. Duration of such sessions – about 15-20 minutes, and their periodicity – up to 2 times a week.
Massage is necessary for every professional athlete who regularly experiences significant physical activity. It helps to avoid muscle overuse syndrome and reduce the likelihood of injuries during training or performances. Sports massage both strengthens muscles and allows them to recover quickly after loads.
Is it safe to have a massage for children and the elderly?
Adults are encouraged to carry out massage with special courses, which are repeated every six months or a year. If it is a general, relaxing, cosmetic or preventive massage, it can be carried out weekly. This will improve immunity and help maintain the body in a high life tone.
Children between the ages of 2 months and one year are encouraged to have at least 4 courses of massage, each of which should include up to 10 sessions. But it’s strongly advised to consult your doctor before starting the massage course.
The benefits of the massage course
A lot of positive changes are happening in your body during the massage course. Such changes are cumulative. The results obtained “yesterday” (from the previous procedure) are helping to prepare “the ground for tomorrow” (for the next session). This cumulative effect makes it possible to achieve the objective more effectively. The massage course allows us to effectively consolidate the achieved results obtained from the first procedure, and to improve the existing indicators of health and well-being, also the body will reach a new level of functional capabilities.