People love getting massages. They can be done for anything from back pain to neck pains to relieving stress. You may want to reap the benefits, perhaps at Sacred Splendor Ventura.
The questions you have are… how often should you get one of the types of massage you prefer? What is safe? Read on to learn more.
What Types of Massages Are There?
When people think of massages, they tend to think of deep tissue massage, where the massage therapist uses strong force on the muscles and it can actually be painful at times. That is a very common type, but there are others, including:
- scalp – People like these since they can possibly have good effects on their blood pressure and heart rates. It would be OK to have these roughly once or twice a week.
- lymphatic drainage massage – This type usually is post-surgery and while it’s good to have it daily after the procedure, you can fall into a rhythm of having it done professionally two or three times a week.
- full-body massage – If you hear the term “Swedish massage”, this is it. It’s for relaxation, and it’s best every few weeks.
As far as deep tissue goes, you should talk to your professional massage therapist about that. They can determine whether it should be done daily to several times a week to several times a month. You also need to do what is best for your budget.
Can You Get Too Much Massage?
Like everything else in life, too much of something can make it go from being beneficial to possibly dangerous. Many people think of massage as being generally harmless… and while it is safer than many things, there are risks.
One concern is called rhabdomyolysis, or “rhabdo”, where too much protein can be released into your bloodstream from the massaged muscles. Most of the time, it’s very mild, but if it is a true case, it is a medical emergency.
What Should I Do Between Massages?
If you find yourself on a budget and can’t go as often as you’d like – while within the safe range, too – you can do some stretches to keep things loose. Ask your massage therapist about those. That way, you can keep yourself feeling relaxed.
There are a lot of variables when it comes to the number of massages. The best thing you can do is communicate your concerns to a professional. Listen to them and enjoy the massages you do have.