It is generally recommended to wait at least 48 hours between massages to allow your body to return to balance. However, depending on your needs and the type of massage you are receiving, the frequency and duration of your massage sessions may vary. One study found that receiving a 60-minute massage two or three times a week showed more benefits for people with neck pain than receiving a 60-minute massage once a week or a few 30-minute massages a week. It is important to stay hydrated before and after the massage to minimize muscle pain.
If you are looking for an afternoon massage, it is best to set aside an entire afternoon instead of just an hour to get the most out of the physical and mental benefits. When it comes to how many massages you can receive, there are no standard guidelines. However, your massage therapist or health professional can recommend the frequency and duration that best suit your needs. For example, a study conducted in Korea showed that women who work in an office experienced health benefits from receiving 15 to 25 minute scalp massages twice a week for 10 weeks.
If you are looking for relief from pain, you may need more frequent massages. On the other hand, if you are looking for emotional well-being, less frequent but regularly scheduled massages may be beneficial. This type of massage is also useful for draining lymph nodes that have been affected by a recent surgery or medical condition. In conclusion, the frequency and duration of your massage will depend on the type of massage you want and the area you want to target.
It is important to talk to your massage therapist, physical therapist, or health professional to determine what is best for you.