How often should I get a Massage?
How often should I get a Massage in Leeds?
It’s a good question, and one which the whole team at Circle8 Sports Massage Leeds are asked a lot.
There are of course those who already know their own answer, the elite athletes, bodybuilders and sports people we work with are already aware of the golden rule of sports therapy massage.
That is simply to recognise what works best for them as individuals.
However, deep massage isn’t just about helping athletes to fulfill their potential on the world stage. Sports massage therapy can (and certainly does) help a much wider range of people. The practice has been around for millennia for good reason; it can have profound effects for anyone to alleviate pain, to help overcome injuries and to live more easily with chronic conditions.
Discovering what works best for you as an individual
A sports massage differs from many people’s perception of massage, At Circle 8 Massage Leeds a muscular massage is always tailored to our client’s therapeutic requirements and goals.
You might not find scented candles and the spa experience that springs to a lot of people’s minds at a professional sports massage therapy practice.
What you will find however, is something even more worthwhile.
Before answering the question ‘How often should I have a Massage?’ our professional masseurs will discuss in-depth with you, the things you would like to achieve from your treatment.
Many people who train regularly incorporate sports massage as part of their pre or post-workout routine whenever possible.
Other people, such as those who spend a lot of time seated at work for example, those living with ongoing conditions or recovering from a non-sports related injuries will have a completely different set of goals.
A different answer every time
Professional sports massage should never have a ‘one size fits all’ solution. However there are a number of best practice recommendations in terms of treatment frequency.
For pain management, it isn’t unusual for sports massage to be used more frequently in the early stages of treatment after injury; many people are treated up to twice weekly initially, before moving on to once weekly or fortnightly as they progress through recovery.
When a chronic health condition is present, one session weekly is common, always with careful consideration given to how the body responds.
For those seeking to manage stress, improve mental health and relieve tension in muscles, a relaxation massage can be a much lighter and less invasive treatment that can be tolerated as often as it is needed.
However it is important to note, sports massage is a targeted blend of deep massage techniques, it differs significantly from a relaxation massage.
When it comes to performance and recovery, sports massage is required on a consistent, regular basis, weekly or bi-weekly.
During training, as well as post-event it forms a vital part of preparation, performance and recovery, the frequency of massage should be tailored to things such as training schedules, gym visits and lifestyle.
Pre-event massage can be vital in avoiding injury, by stretching and warming up key muscular areas, removing lactic acid and stimulating blood flow. Not to mention increasing flexibility and range of movement.
Post-event sports massage is undertaken as soon as possible after the event. The reasons why are simple; it reduces pain and stiffness, helps blood flow to tired muscles and aids the recovery of tight muscles.
After a sports massage, it is important to allow your system enough time to rebalance, which can take around 48 hours. For this reason, a two-day hiatus between massages is a good plan.
As you can see, there really is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to deep massage therapy, and nor should there be.
An essential part of the treatment process is learning about the individual and treating them in a way that gets the best results.
At Circle8 Sports Massage Leeds, that is what we do. If you would like to learn more, we’d love to hear from you.