Massage for General Health and Relaxation
For general health and relaxation - I recommend of massage 1 to 2 times per month if you have light stress.
For Stress Management
If you have high-stress occupations or living conditions, or who travel frequently, I'd recommend a massage weekly or bi-weekly in order to help you cope with the stress. The tension that builds up from stressful situations can be more easily managed with a weekly or every other week massage. Additionally, just knowing that you will be receiving a relaxing massage every week can be comforting.
Massage Therapy for Pain Reduction and Management
Reduction of, and management of, pain requires a different type of frequency. It's called diminishing frequency. People in severe pain not requiring medical intervention can and receive massage therapy 1 to 2 times per week in the first week. By the second and third week of treatment depending upon your response to the massage therapy, the frequency may be adjusted. When the pain is reduced so is the frequency of massage therapy. Even chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, lupus, carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic low back pain can have a diminishing frequency.
Many people wonder about how often you should get massage therapy and bodywork, these are just examples. Your current individual condition, goals, and likes may lead you to a different frequency. If you enjoy massage and relaxation, there is nothing wrong getting a massage every week.