Written by Courtney Adams, BA, CMT of Intention Massage and Bodywork
QUARTERLY INTERVAL: A general rule I strongly believe is that everyone should receive bodywork, quarterly, at a bare minimum. The way we sleep, drive, sit, walk, exercise, express with body language… all provide a constant imbalance for most of us. For every HOUR of your life that your muscles are too tight or too weak, your body is pulled out of optimal alignment that cause sharp and dull pain, constricted movement, migraines and headaches, and sometimes tingling and numbness. Determining your personalized wellness plan to include approaches to address musculoskeletal imbalances is crucial! Commit to at BARE MINIMUM a quarterly interval bodywork.
MONTHLY MASSAGE: Monthly maintenance massage is a great self-care commitment that can be planned and budgeted. For most, a few months is the span of time that posture and body positions build up super dense fascial consistency that feels rigid or like armor, shortened muscles that feel tight, and knots/trigger points that can pinpoint aches/pains. Commit to your self-care with monthly interval scheduled massage- choose a day/time that generally will always work for you… your #MassageDay that you can look forward to!
Do you have pain, aches, tight muscles that are constricting your movement on a daily basis? Are you in intense pain?
COMMITTED ‘REGULAR’ STATUS: Are you a regular? Come here often? How youuu doin’? On a scale, where would say the intensity is, or how much does it impact you? If it’s manageable, keep up your homework (stretching, strengthening, compression techniques). If you have a usual suspect(s), consider every 2-3 weeks. Clients commit to weekly massages with chronic, persistent pain, high stress level, and even as part of solo getaway time that’s focused completely on personal needs. How often do we get to have someone’s COMPLETE attention on making us feel better?
Budgeting: Take an honest, detailed look at your monthly/weekly expenses. Where does your expendable income go? What do you #TreatYoSelf on? Is it assisting your goals and ideal lifestyle? How are you managing pain- is it based on fixing the issue, or hiding it from you? Determine what you can commit to for an ongoing wellness plan.
Scheduling: When do you have a chunk of time you can block off for yourself to include buffer time before and after to be able to arrive relaxed to your appointment as well as soak up the relaxation effects after your massage? Determine if you have a typical day that works well and even decide on morning, afternoon, or evening for when you most prefer to keep a scheduled appointment.
Self-Care: Depending on where you go and what you communicate as your needs… massage is not a luxurious pampering treat to feel shameful or insecure to prioritize. The state of your muscles impacts the state of your body and mind that impacts your daily status, lifestyle, productivity, and physical/mental health. Respect how much your body, your muscles, do for you and commit to your self-care.
… Don’t Commit (to an overwhelming schedule): Our bodies experience a range of states. How you feel now on a consistent basis could be very different from 4 months from now. For better or worse. Consider a reset program if you’re currently in pain that would taper as your body state improves. Imagine if you committed to a few weeks of super regular bodywork to reset your posture… and gradually taper to a monthly maintenance massage. For most clients in pain, this would be SO BENEFICIAL!
MUSCLE RESET PROGRAM: Consider a structure of weekly sessions for 4-6 weeks, 4 bi-weekly sessions, then tapering to every 3-5 weeks for monthly follow-up. Can you IMAGINE the improvement you could make and MAINTAIN? It would be a financial investment, but an investment in your long-term well-being. Committing to a structured plan for 3 months. Consider investing in a structured, short-term reset program.
Please help my awareness by answering in the comments or shoot me a short email (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Are you in pain; how painful; does it impact your sleep, work, personal time?
- How often do you currently receive massage?
- How often would be optimal for you to receive massage, right now?
- What are your main barriers- schedule, commitments, money, self-worth? Is there a work-around?
- What are your thoughts? Do you have discrepancy between your needs and what you can commit to?
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