How Long Should a Massage Be?
Massage is a therapeutic means of relaxing and bettering yourself. If you’ve received a massage of any duration (even just 10 minutes!), you’ve experienced the soothing effect that leaves your body and mind feeling rejuvenated. It’s important to make time for any length massage in your wellness routine. While each massage modality offers a distinct experience, how does the length of a massage impact the benefits you receive?
Take a 60-minute massage versus a 90-minute massage. A 90-minute session offers more time to drift into relaxation and allows the therapist to focus on specific areas of concern and apply a wider array of techniques. While a 60-minute massage provides intense relaxation and targeted muscle work, there may not be enough time to introduce a number of additional (and beneficial) techniques.
In a 90-minute session, your massage therapist might incorporate enhanced techniques that cater to your specific wellness goals, such as stretching or hot/cold therapy. Some therapists may even integrate reflexology, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, or biomechanical assessment.
This technique is born from the ancient theory that meridian lines or pathways carry energy throughout the body. Reflexology is an acupressure type of technique used on the hands and feet. The therapist applies pressure to a reflex point, which in turn stimulates the energy of the corresponding organ.
Neuromuscular therapy uses pressure and trigger points to help lessen pain patterns caused by acute and chronic pain syndromes. This technique aims to strike a balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Neuromuscular therapy also improves joint and muscle functionality.
Fascia is the densely woven covering of all muscles, bones, and organs, underneath the skin. Think of it as a mesh-like material that holds everything in place. Because the fascia spans the entire body, tension in one part of the body can impact other parts of the body. Myofacial massage techniques manipulate the fascia surrounding muscles to release inflammation, tension, and muscle trauma.
A therapist administering a biomechanical assessment will examine the way your lower limbs work, checking for abnormalities or possible causes of pain in the foot, ankle, knee and back. The therapist will focus on these problem areas once they are defined.