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How Often Should I Get a Massage?


“How often should I go for a massage?” is a question that people often hear. It ultimately depends on the type of pain you’re facing and your physical, mental and emotional needs. Receiving massages will offer you a wealth of healthy benefits.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of a massage, the different options available, where you should go, and of course, how often you should go!

Your Guide to Massages

The Benefits of a Massage

You can experience several mental, emotional and physical benefits to massage treatment, including the following, as stated by the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association):

  • Relieve stress and reduce anxiety
  • Manage acute and chronic pain and reduce muscle tension
  • Enhance exercise performance
  • Sleep better
  • Ease symptoms of depression
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Improve balance
  • Promote relaxation and lower blood pressure
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve the quality of life

The Different Types of Massages

There are several different types of massages available, all of which deliver various benefits. Here are the most common types of massage available:

  • Aromatherapy (using essential oils during massages)
  • Lymphatic Drainage (a whole-body treatment that relaxes the nervous system and clears the immune system)
  • Myotherapy (focuses on the treatment of soft tissue pain, injury and dysfunction)
  • Therapeutic (focused on promoting relaxation and improving blood circulation)
  • Reflexology (uses the principle that certain body parts affect other parts of the body)
  • Remedial (the objective is to treat and rehabilitate biomechanical dysfunction or injuries)
  • Shiatsu (an oriental massage improves energy flow)
  • Sports (a focus on sports injuries)

Other options include hot stone massage, pregnancy and cupping.


Where Should I Go To?

If you want a quality massage, you have to go to a quality massage therapist ( How do you find one that works for you? Consider these factors below:

  • The qualifications and certifications of the massage therapist (are they a Registered Massage Therapist?)
  • The experience and knowledge of the expert (how many years have they been operating, and what is their area of expertise?)
  • Their cost (too cheap means you’re getting a poor service, and too high means you might be ripped off - look for something in the middle)
  • Their massage services (do they offer relaxation massage, deep tissue, sports, hot stones or all of them? See which massage works best for you and if they offer it)
  • The location (are they close or too far away? Always find a place where you can go regularly and it won’t take you long to get there)
  • Reviews and ratings from former customers (previous clients are a great barometer to determine if the person is good at their job or not)

Compare and contrast the options available to you to find a therapist that can work within your budget and provide you with the relief and services you want.

So, How Often Should I Go?

It all depends on the reason why you’re going for a massage in the first place. Let’s consider a few of these situations:

  • For maintenance of your body and mind, such as helping with chronic pain and mental conditions, you should be going once to twice a month.
  • For stress relief, once to twice a month can prove very helpful for easing your mind and making you feel better.
  • For athletic treatments and care, you should be aiming to go weekly or biweekly. A great example will be if you are planning to go on a marathon or body building.
  • For a mending-focused massage, which focuses on healing an injury or treating any acute problem, we suggest visiting your massage therapist once a week for two to three weeks or until the pain subsides.
  • For proactive maintenance that keeps your body in order, we recommend going once to twice a month to keep your overall body and mind functioning or keep past issues from flaring up and causing discomfort.
  • Finally, if you just need time to rejuvenate and refresh yourself, then we suggest going anytime you feel like it! Massages will transform your day and week, so make it part of your routine!

We hope that this guide will help you understand how often you should get a massage. If you want more information, feel free to reach out to your local Ottawa spa ( for more information about their massage services.

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