Massages are usually scheduled in time increments of 30, 60, and 90 minute sessions. Each length has its own benefits and tradeoffs. You can find the benefits of a 30 minute massage here and the benefits of a 60 minute massage here.
90 minute massages are typically the longest time amount offered by most massage therapists. If you want one longer than 90 minutes, check with your favorite therapist. They may be willing to give you an extended massage.
What are the benefits of a 90 minute massage?
Ability to get a very thorough massage
A thirty minute massage limits what you can have done; usually it is just on one or two areas of the body. An hour massage provides enough time to get a thorough overall massage. A 90 minute massage gives you more options. You can get a complete massage with more time spent on each area or get some really focused work on one area and still have time for a thorough full massage. Once a troublesome area is taken care of, it makes the rest of the massage more effective, relaxing, and enjoyable.
Discuss your needs with your massage therapist before the session and they can adjust the massage appropriately. A few extra minutes where you need it can make a big difference in getting the results you want.
The additional time gives you longer to relax and get away from the issues that you came in with. You won’t need to feel like you have to hurry up and relax (which can be a difficult thing to accomplish). When you leave you may find the world isn’t moving quite so fast as it seemed before and your improved frame of mind can help you deal with whatever comes next.
90 minutes of your time is not that much when you look at it from a bigger picture – especially when it is for something you really enjoy and leaves you feeling great. For some it is easier to find one 90 minute period of time than multiple smaller ones. Making extra time to take care of yourself can allow you to do more of what you want to do in your life.
More thorough than a 30 or 60 minute massage
You are getting a massage for a reason. You want some relief from your pain or stress (or both). You can get the most out of it with a longer massage. A nap can help you feel better, but it is not a substitute for a good night’s sleep. Also, a snack may give you some of the fuel you need to keep going, but it can’t take the place of a good meal.
The convenience factor of working with the same massage therapist applies to all massages regardless of the time scheduled.
By working with the same massage therapist regularly, you get the added value that they already know about your typical needs and what works best for you. You can go in and get started faster instead of having to do new intake paperwork form and explaining your health history The therapist also knows about your preferences concerning pressure, room temperature, and other issues which can make your massage even more relaxing and beneficial.
There are some tradeoffs compared to a shorter massage.
More expensive than a 30 or 60 minute massage
Since you get more work done on you in a 90 minute massage than a shorter one, the cost is higher. However, many massage therapists reduce the per minute price for longer sessions. For example, usually it costs less to get one 90 minute massage than three 30 minute ones.
While a 90 minute (or even longer) massage is wonderful, it is also more expensive.
Requires more time
90 minutes is a bigger chunk of time to plan for. For many people it is easier to find a shorter period of time in their schedule. Some people do make the most of their opportunity for their self-care time and make the extra time for a longer appointment..
There still may not be enough time
If it has been a long time between massages or you have one or more areas that require extra attention, even 90 minutes may not be long enough. Keep in mind that it has likely taken your body months or years to get in the painful condition it is in, and one massage cannot undo everything at once.
A 90 minute massage is a great way to get a thorough massage while giving you time to completely get away from the world. Regular massages can help you get back to feeling good and help you to keep feeling that way. It can make a big difference for a painful area and lets you do the things you want to do in life. It does cost more and takes more time compared to a thirty or sixty minute massage but it provides different benefits, most notably that you enjoy more massage work.