Do I need a 90-Minute Massage?

Monday November 10, 2014

By now, many people are aware of the remarkable stress relieving benefits of massage, and some may have experienced the surprising benefits of injury therapy and medical massage. However, there may be some confusion when trying to determine the optimal length of your session. Here are some factors you may want to consider when making your decision.

A 90-Minute massage is suggested:

  • For your initial visit with the therapist.  During this session, your therapist will be finding, assessing and addressing the tight muscles in your body. A massage session customized for your individual needs for pain relief, medical therapy, relaxation or all three will be formulated.
  • If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort.   Your muscles become progressively tighter and by the time you are actually feeling pain, they have been in distress for a long time. It takes time for the therapist to relieve the pain you are feeling, as well as to investigate the primary and auxiliary muscles causing the pain. Having a shorter session, “just to see if it will help”, may not be sufficient to get the most complete relief possible.
  • For tension and stress relief.  Time is needed for the mind time to calm down and for the beneficial hormones to be released. Many muscles need to be reminded of what relaxation feels like and persuaded to remain in this state as the massage proceeds. The addition of those few extra minutes of serenity will make your session exponentially more effective.

A 60-Minute session is warranted if:

  • You have very little stress in your life
  • Have no pain or injury and/or
  • You are receiving a series of treatments on a regular basis.

No one ever wishes for an enjoyable session to be over sooner and you will be amazed at how fast time flies when you are experiencing a fabulous massage.

Written by: Michelle Taylor, LMBT