Massage Therapy: An Important Part of Your Self-Care Regimen

a case for monthly massages... you're welcome

Throughout the past few years, I've been incorporating massages into my self-care routine as often as possible.  Working out about six times per week, I find them necessary to help break up Knots and give my muscles some tlc.  Barre classes often make me feel tight and crunchy and SoulCycle's been rough on my hip flexors.  Like a good yoga class, a deep tissue massage also helps to relieve stress and make me feel a bit lighter on my feet.  In honor of Global Massage Makes Me Happy Day coming up on March 20th, spoke with Lynda Solien-Wolfe the Vice President of Massage & Spa at Performance Health to make a case for monthly massages.

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What are the benefits of getting a massage?

Studies have discovered, when used regularly, massage therapy can ease pain, reduce muscle tension and inflammation, increase range of motion, and even improve immune function. In other words, the benefits of massage therapy extend beyond relaxation and improve the quality of life for many suffering from a wide range of ailments ranging from stress to chronic illness!

People often get massages as one-off pampering events, but how important is it to incorporate them into our regular self-care routine?

Just like watching your diet or exercising regularly, the optimal benefits of massage therapy will come when you make it an integral part of your life. Receiving massage therapy on a regular basis can help you better manage the stress of daily life and improve your mood and flexibility, thus improving your mental and physical health. 

How often should people be getting massages for their overall wellbeing and does it depend on their level of stress and activity?

Factors that determine how often someone should receive massage therapy are based individual needs. I get two massages a week, one to destress and one to help improve health issues and I’ve noticed improvement in my mental and physical health. I would suggest getting a massage between once a week or at least once a month.