While massage can help treat a large range of ailments, from musculo-skeletal and postural to digestive and energetic, the most effective way to utilize massage is to prevent ailments in the first place. Prevention is key! The more you receive massage, the more in-tune with your body you become. You will notice new imbalances easily, which can be addressed at your next session, long before you experience any discomfort. When you see your therapist regularly, they become more familiar with your body and its movements, are often able to also spot potential issues before they become problematic, and can work together with you to ensure discomfort stays away.
When you receive massage on occasion, the results could last from a few hours to a few days. If you are looking to sustain the benefits of your bodywork, begin scheduling massages close together - once a week is usually a good place to start, and adjust depending on your specific needs. Scheduling close together allows the work to continue instead of having to start over every session. While you and your therapist are working on correcting an imbalance or healing tissues from an injury, you want to schedule another session before your body has time to fall back into its old ways. As your body becomes familiar with the effects of bodywork and benefits start lasting longer, you can then slowly increase the gap between appointments. Soon you’ll be scheduling regularly to maintain results, and easily work out any new issues that may arise. Your massage therapist will give you self-care instructions to aid in your recovery. Together, you will come up with a customized plan to get you the most out of your sessions. Your schedule is determined by your issues and body’s response to massage, personal preference, availability, and budget.
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