QUESTION: Will I feel better after one massage?
Yes and no. For a number of physical and stress related problems, massage can have an immediate impact.
Every day we see clients who call stressed out, with a sore neck, tight back, etc; and, after the massage
are feeling a lot better than when I arrived. But if you have you ever had the experience of getting a
massage and not noticing an immediate difference in your body after, you are not alone.
Sometimes the effects of the session take time to manifest. After the massage you may be feeling that
you still have the issue you started with but when you wake up the next day it's resolved.
But sometimes you won't notice a significant difference, even after a day or more. That happens because
some of the positive effects of massage are cumulative. In other words, the more massage you get, the
more benefit it generally has.
While many studies have been done showing the benefits of massage to treat a wide range of ailments,
the problem with this research is that the studies follow participants over a course of many massages,
usually during a period of eight weeks or more. Unfortunately, most people can't or won't commit
to a series of eight or more treatments.
Instead, they call for a single session and expect to get the same results as if they had getting massage
regularly. While you can very definitely get results from a single session, you will only get the maximum
benefit from massage if you get treatment regularly. That doesn't mean weekly. Even a monthly or every
six week treatment can be effective in turning massage into a regular part of your life.
I realize that not everyone has the time or inclination to make massage more than an occasional event.
I am just as happy to welcome clients who see me once a year as those who visit more frequently. I just
want you to have realistic expectations as to the benefits if you choose to get massage less frequently.
The Body Restoration Massage Group