Modes and Durations

Recommended time to achieve your goals.

It’s important to know your goals for massage so you can book an appropriate session. Certain therapeutic goals require specific types of massage sessions.

Targeted Massage

A targeted massage should be a minimum of 30 minutes for maximal therapeutic benefit, but sometimes even 10 or 15 minutes is helpful. Targeted massage can be 30, 60, 75, 90 minutes, or even 2 hours if you have a serious condition you want to address. Most chronic pain can’t be relieved in just one massage session. I have , however, seen some tension or results of muscle compensation cleared up in as little as one session. A targeted massage will focus on one part of the body only: upper or lower body; back; arms; neck; shoulders; etc.. Choose a targeted massage if you have a specific musculoskeletal complaint you’d like to address in your session.

Full Body Massage

Choose a full body massage for overall relaxation or muscle tension relief. For a full body massage to be effective, a minimum of 45 minutes is suggested, with 90 minutes ideal if you’d like to have all areas of the body addressed. During a 60-minute full body massage, I tend to overlook the arms unless you request otherwise. The rationale for this approach is that the lower body bears the brunt of the effects of gravity and plays a large role in our posture: It is difficult to leave these major muscle groups out and still address a sore back (the complaint of most people). People expect attention to their neck with every massage. 60 minutes doesn’t leave enough time for everything. If you’d like a full-body experience and also want me to work on your arms, plan to book a 90 minute session.

Therapeutic Massage

If you’ve been training for an athletic event, working out heavy, have recently undergone alot of work / stress / travel, or are recovering from an injury, you’re probably wanting a therapeutic massage. Use the same principals for determining the length of your therapeutic massage as you would for your full body or targeted massage. 30 minutes can give you a directly targeted session for a specific musculoskeletal complaint, upper body, or lower body. 60 minutes can provide a therapeutic full body massage, but will normally not include much work on the arms. 75 or 90 minutes is ideal for a full body therapeutic massage.

Therapeutic Stretching

Therapeutic stretching involves assisted stretching of the major muscle groups: hamstrings, quads, calves, adductors, upper traps, IT bands, forearms, pecs. 30 minutes is sufficient for an overall stretch session and is best done after your massage: Its recommended to only stretch muscles that are already warmed up. A 60 minute stretch session can give you more complete muscle tension relief. With 60 minute stretch sessions, I’m also able to include PNF technique (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) which can improve your ROM and thus help prevent injury.

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