How Often Is It Recommended To Perform SELF-MASSAGE?

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Self-massage is often recommended as an easy and effective way to relax and soothe sore muscles. The frequency of how often self-massage should be done is often not discussed in detail.

As a general rule, self-massage should be performed as often as necessary to keep the body’s soft tissues relaxed and flexible. The frequency of self-massage depends on the reasons for performing self-massage and any underlying medical issues you may have.

There are some things to consider if you’re interested in performing self-massage. Here I’ll answer how often you should perform self-massage for different situations.

Self-Massage Frequency Depends on You

Some people get into doing self-massage due to an injury or a chronic inflammatory condition like MS or Arthritis, and some do it for the benefit of de-stressing and relaxing sore, overworked muscles. We live in times that are difficult, and this is causing much anxiety, which leads to chronic muscle-holding patterns. Many people have diagnosed or undiagnosed inflammatory conditions that make them feel achy and painful in their joints and muscles.

Self-massage is an excellent way to relieve stress and tension in your muscles. It can also help improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and speed up the healing process after an injury. Something to consider is: who recommended self-massage to you?

If your Doctor, Massage Therapist, or Physical Therapist gave you a regime of specific self-massage, please follow their guidance and do it just as they instructed you, including the frequency they told you to perform it.

If a friend, relative, Youtuber, Blogger, or social media influencer recommended you perform self-massage and it sounded good to you, then you get to decide how often is best for you. This is an intuitive process, and it’s important that you take notice of how you are feeling with the regime you are doing right now. It may be time to try more or less frequency, depending on what your body is telling you.

Another factor to consider is your time. What can you realistically stick to without it overwhelming you? If daily self-massage sounds nice but you have to overextend yourself to accomplish it, then it may be defeating the purpose of self-massage in the first place.

When and Why to Perform Self-Massage

How often should you perform self-massage?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including your personal needs and preferences as well as your overall health condition. However, here are some general guidelines that can help you determine how often to perform self-massage:

  • Do you experience frequent muscle soreness and stiffness? You may benefit from daily self-massage sessions, primarily performed in the evening. This can help prevent the buildup of tension and keep your muscles relaxed and flexible.
  • Do you have a specific injury or chronic condition, such as arthritis? You may need to perform self-massage more frequently, especially in the affected area. Consult with your healthcare provider to determine a safe and effective self-massage routine that suits your needs. Their guidance rules supreme!
  • Do you sit for long periods of time? Sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause muscle tension and stiffness. In this case, regular self-massage can help alleviate these symptoms. It’s recommended to perform self-massage at least once a day, focusing on areas such as the neck, shoulders, and lower back.
  • Do you want to use self-massage to improve your sports performance or enhance your workout recovery? You may want to perform it before or after your exercise sessions. This can help warm up your muscles, increase their flexibility, and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Do you want to increase your body’s qi and aid in lymphatic drainage? You may benefit from performing self-massage on a daily basis, primarily in the morning. This can give you a feeling of lightness and abundant energy throughout the day.
  • If you’re simply using self-massage as a relaxation technique or stress relief method, you can perform it as often as you like, depending on your schedule and comfort level. Some people find that a daily or weekly self-massage session helps them unwind and feel more refreshed. Try doing your self-massage before bedtime to see if it helps you get a better night’s sleep!

These are just a few examples and suggestions of how you can incorporate self-massage and how often to perform it for your desired outcome. There are many reasons and schedules for performing self-massage though!

Overall, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to how often you should perform self-massage. It ultimately depends on your individual needs and goals. However, by following these general guidelines and listening to your body’s feedback, you can create a safe and effective self-massage routine that works for you.

When to Reduce the Frequency of Self-Massage

Massage will yield its greatest benefits when it’s done consistently. If you feel that you’re worrying or obsessing about accomplishing your self-massage routine amidst a busy and hectic schedule and you overextend yourself to accomplish it or feel “bad” or “guilty” for not doing it, then I recommend you to step back to readjust your self-massage frequency goals to something more realistic and sustainable for your life right now.

You will benefit more overall if you have a self-massage routine that adds positivity to your life right now! Just like with any activity aimed at improving your physical well-being, the frequency of self-massage largely depends on your individual needs and preferences.

However, it’s also important to listen to your body. If you find yourself feeling sore or overworked after a self-massage session, then it may be best to take a break and allow your muscles to heal before trying again. Additionally, it’s important to seek professional help if you’re dealing with any underlying medical conditions.

You won’t get any brownie points for breaking the Guinness Book of World Records in Self-Massage Frequency! Massage does indeed break down the muscle tissue. This is a good thing if you have knots and adhesions that have formed in the soft tissue. BUT you also don’t want to self-massage your muscles away LOL! There’s a SWEET SPOT when it comes to massage.

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I've been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. I'm a health and wellness enthusiast. I'm always learning and experimenting with different techniques, recipes, and healing modalities. I believe that we need to approach health and wellness from a WHOLE-listic point of view and understand that it will constantly be changing and is never stagnant. We are all unique and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another person. As I grow, change, and experiment I will share what I have learned as it may help someone else in need.

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