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How Often Should You Get a Massage?

How Often Should You Get a Massage?

06/09/2021 Blog

Massage has gained wide popularity over the years, where more and more people are now taking advantage of its many health benefits. From de-stressing to improving circulation and enabling lymphatic drainage, there is a type of massage for every need. While the benefits of getting a massage are quite evident, you may be wondering how often you should get one to be able to fully exploit these benefits.

Studies show that massages are more beneficial if the sessions are not spaced too far apart, as the effects are cumulative when done on a regular basis. Often, weekly massages are recommended for individuals who work in high-stress environments that risk postural issues, or if the focus is to address problems like pain or injury.

To help you determine this, we have put together a list of different massages that serve many different purposes.

1. Lymphatic drainage massages

This massage is useful for draining lymph nodes that have been blocked or slowed down after a medical condition or recent surgery. It uses gentle, rhythmic strokes as well as light pressure movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. This helps the body to maintain proper blood circulation, immune functions and body fluid balance.

You may need a lymphatic drainage massage daily in the beginning, after which you can reduce it overtime to two to three times a week.

2. Wellness and relaxation massages

Even for the healthiest person, massage finds an essential place in their lifestyle to ensure an optimal state of health. Massage can offer significant health benefits, such as increased circulation, stronger immunity, release of toxins from the body, pain relief, lower blood pressure, released muscle tension and faster recovery from injuries. It also offers relaxation benefits like reduced stress and anxiety, improved mood and a good night’s sleep.

3. Pain management

Contracted muscles can cause chronic pain like migraines and sciatica. Generally, weekly sessions are advised for pain relief, but much depends on how you feel. If your pain starts to return after a session, you may need another massage within a few days. Whereas you can spread out your sessions if you are pain-free for longer.

Most people prefer starting with frequent sessions and slowly decrease the frequency as their muscles unknot and relax. Some may continue sessions long after pain relief to maintain their muscle strength.

4. Injury/surgery recovery

Massage is often recommended after injury or surgery. It can offer various post-surgery benefits like reducing pain, minimizing the need for pain medication, reducing swelling by moving lymph, breaking up scar tissue, and speeding up the healing process by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen. After an injury or surgery, it is ideal to always check with your doctor for the best treatment options and required frequency of massages.

At FCBS Dubai, we offer a range of massage treatments that facilitate weight loss, pain management and optimum health & wellbeing. To book an appointment, call us on +971 4 3255481 or email us at

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