The perfect massage is one that comes at the perfect moment. The amount of time since your last massage, the workouts you do before and after your massage, and the time you schedule your massage are all crucial to the massage experience. Here’s our advice on getting a perfectly timed massage.
Before Work or After?
There’s no perfect time to get a massage. Some people feel invigorated after a massage and want to use their new energy to start the day. Others see it as a way to unwind after a long day. What’s most important is for you to find out what you prefer and let your massage therapist know that. If someone likes their massage at the end of the day, that doesn’t mean you won’t prefer a different time.
Schedule a Massage After an Athletic Activity
If you have a major athletic event coming up, say a marathon, or a competition, you want to you have your massage after the event, not before. The reason why is that a tough workout will tighten your muscles again right away. They might give you more energy, but it will run out when you’re focused on your workout goal. You are much better off focusing on your workout and using a good massage to unwind and restart.
How Often Should I Schedule?
We recommend averaging at once a month, but it might be helpful to vary that a little. In times of stress, you may want to come in a little more often. You can make up for those extra times in your budget but leaving it open during the summer or times when you are not stressed. At the end of the day, we recommend going over all your concerns with a massage therapist so that you can get a customized schedule that is right for you.
The perfectly timed massage depends on the individual’s needs. Some people, especially those with back issues or chronic pain may find a regular massage extra helpful, along with tips on what you can do at home. Some may see it as a de-stressor and relaxant, while others use massage as an energizer. It’s important for you to listen to your body and figure out what’s right.
If you have any questions about your specific situation, give us a call, and we will curate the perfectly timed massage for you!