How often should I have a massage?

sports massage, hong kongI am often asked “How often should I have a massage?” and I find it a tricky question to answer.

In an ideal world I would say everyday. I often joke that if I won the lottery I wouldn’t buy a fancy car but would have a live-in massage therapist (that I have trained!) as I couldn’t think of anything as luxurious as having a daily massage.

But that is just wishful thinking so I say to my clients to get one as often as you can afford to or need to.

In Hong Kong there is a plethora of massage places, one of the reasons I love living here, but a great massage is hard to find.

Another actor is the reason for needing a massage. If it is an acute problem i.e. pulled a muscle getting out of bed, then the quicker you get it treated the quicker it will heal. If it is more of a chronic situation i.e . stemming from an old injury or muscle stiffness from sitting at a desk all day, then unless the cause of the problem goes away it is something you will need to maintain. Also for my pregnant clients a lot of the issues will only get worse as the pregnancy progresses and so they may need a massage more often as they near their due date.

So I have clients who fit into all of these categories. Some can afford to come weekly, some come once a month, some on an as-needs basis. I have even had a few pregnant clients see me twice a week towards the end as it was the only thing helping them through!

There is no right amount. It boils down to a combination of budget, time and how your body responds to the treatment and what you are doing with your body between treatments.

But above all any amount of massage is beneficial and can be preventative.

And it feels great!