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Swedish Massage

The Swedish massage uses five specific strokes that are designed to reduce joint pain and stiffness, and improve circulation in the underlying connective tissues of the body.

How long should a massage last? The one I was going to use charges by the minute.

Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Oct 10, 2014
Typically, LMTs charge $1 per minute for chair massages, slightly more for table massages and for more serious therapists.
Kei Niebur (College Station, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage is often referred to as "passive exercise." Some people can only handle 30 minutes of Swedish massage before they become dizzy. other people can receive 2 hours of Thai massage plus an hour of deep tissue, then walk out of the room ready for more. Tolerance for massage is based on your physical health and constitution, really. However, just as with fitness, your goal is important in determining the duration. If you wish to relax, a 10 minute session isn't going to be enough time for your parasympathetic nervous system to switch on. But a quick deep tissue session on a specific area that needs improvement might be perfect. Call or email your therapist (or me) if you have a specific goal you'd like information on.
Felix Williams (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
It depends on the type of massage, and whether or not you are receiving a full body massage. Generally, a massage lasts for 60 minutes.
Sterling Alexander (Palm Springs, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
A massage session should last for at least 60 minutes. My practice is low volume (number of clients daily) and high quality for the client. The therapist should not overwork or overbook himself. The client should ask the therapist if their massage sessions usually run shorter or longer than one hour. I regularly sell my massage times as a 60 minute or a 90 minute session. My massages usually run over time. I recommend getting a 90 minute massage over the shorter 60 minute massage. But be sure to get the time you are paying for. Even more important is to find that right therapist that works for you. Each client and therapist are different. Some matches are better than others.
Kenny Young (Plant City, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Massages last any amount of time you want, from 30 minutes to 2 hours. They are usually 60 minutes long. My most popular sessions are 90 minutes long. It's up to you.
Danielle Buyea (Saint Petersburg, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage are can be booked in many ways. Sessions can be set on a spa hour which is 50 minutes at a time. A spa hour consists of 50 Minutes hands on time and 5 minutes before and after the massage to change clothes. Other therapists will book massage in 60 minute intervals. Half hours or 15 minute add ons are up to the therapist.
Margarita Perez (Jersey City, NJ) on Oct 10, 2014
I think the key issue here is the word "should." It shapes the question so that it requires an unimpeachable answer that applies to all people in all circumstances. The reality is, in every massage, the person who knows best if any particular session is long enough or too long is the person receiving the massage. So, it suggests that there question has only subjective answers. But the issue of charging by the minute or the hour or some other time structure has nothing to do with recipient satisfaction. The reason sessions are charged by the minute or the hour is because it is simple, clear and universally measurable of the value of the tharpists time. I would be impractical to link the cost of a massage to some arbitrary, vague and shifting concept such as the client's satisfaction. The therapeutic goal of a massage may be incremental. There may be a series of sessions over a period of days or weeks or longer. The practical way of covering the cost of the therapy is by time but the results may be sooner or later, depending on the client's body.
Miracle Taylor (Sanford, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
A massage can last however long you want it to. The standard is 1 hour but I offer my patients spot treatments for 30 minutes and 45 minutes/ The only time I charge by the minute is when I am performing chair massage for my clients.
Laura Gruenwald (Jupiter, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
When I do chair massages I charge by the minute. A full body massage is usually 60 to 90 minutes long. For an in-home massage, I charge 75 for an hour and 110 for 90 minutes.
Tony Ruggiero (Greenville, SC) on Oct 10, 2014
Ideally, the massage should be at least one hour long to be effective. I also include 90-minute massages and 2-hour massages in my practice. In my 2-hour massages, I include about half an hour of reflexology. There are occasions where spot treatments are appropriate and those can be of a lesser duration. I prefer to charge for a block of time and add other integrated modalities to the client's massage.
Hailey Canerday (Pulaski, TN) on Oct 10, 2014
A massage session should be customized to the client's individual needs. Ask yourself some questions. How comfortable are you with the practitioner? Do you want a relaxing session or a solution for tired, sore muscles? (A Swedish massage, which is relaxing, can be as short as 30 minutes, while a deep tissue massage, which affects muscles, generally lasts at least an hour.) Do you want work on only one part of your body? (This requires a shorter massage.) These are just a few questions that can help you determine what is best for your body. You might consider doing a short session at first as preparation. You may be interested in a longer massage afterward. If price is an issue, speak to the therapist directly. The therapist will often offer a discount if you are truly interested in their services, not just a one-off bargain.
Nadia Loury (Glenolden, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
It depends on what type of massage you want and the issues you wish to address. Most Swedish massages are generally 50 to 60 minutes long, though this varies by practitioner.
Carol Hayes (West Dundee, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
A massage can last anywhere between 30 minutes (normally concentrating on a specific area of the body), up to 2 hours. I do not charge by the minute, but by the hour. I have a special going on right now for the month of August - pay for a 60 minute massage, but get a 90 minute massage!
Melissa Curtis (Lake Wales, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Typically a massage lasts from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. It can take longer, depending on the needs of the client. Typically relaxation massages cost about $1.00 per minute and deep tissue/therapeutic cost about $1.25 to $1.50 per minute.
Ray Williams (Baton Rouge, LA) on Oct 10, 2014
As long as it takes to solve your physical problems. Some problems may take several session to solve. Just know that a good therapist is not as concerned about the time it takes to solve a problem as about helping to get the client well.
Paul Shelby Ramagos (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
That would depend upon what you wanted to accomplish with your session. Sometimes clients have specific needs. For instance, I had a client who wanted a 30 minute hand massage three times a week. He was recovering from a rollerblading injury and wanted to break up scar tissue as he healed. But most people want to relax and rejuvenate tired muscles. On average a full body massage lasts 1 hour, but it can last as long as 90 minutes. I've heard of massages lasting 2 or even 3 hours. I often run into unexpected issues, like hyperstressed muscles that need extra attention, which means the session will run a few minutes longer.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
There is no set time that a massage should last. For scheduling purposes, most therapists offer standard sessions of 30, 60, 75, 90 and 120 minutes. The longer the session, the higher the price. Some massage therapists will give you a per minute rate and let you choose to do what fits your budget. Choosing a time parameter also depends upon your desired results. If you're just looking for relaxation, a 30 or 60 minute session will be fine. If you want to work on specific issues, you may want to consider a longer massage. Please keep in mind that if you select a shorter session duration, the therapist will only be able to do justice to one body area, such as the back and neck, legs, or arms. Some people expect a therapist to be able to do 60 minutes of work in 30 minutes. When you choose to overstuff your session, you are cheating yourself, and not truly giving the therapist a chance.
Janine Fleming (Baltimore, MD) on Oct 10, 2014
A standard full body massage lasts for one hour. Some spas have shortened this to 50 minutes, but when you have a session with me, you will be on the table for 60 minutes. My office is located on University Parkway in Baltimore, near Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus.
George Ottlein (Boca Raton, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Half hour massages typically cover the back, neck and head. The full body massage should last approximately one hour. Never heard of charging by the minute unless it is a chair massage!
Angela Crayne (Yucaipa, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
The length of your massage depends on what you want to accomplish during your appointment. Make sure the massage therapist you choose takes the time to speak with you before the massage to discuss your intake form, your posture, your objectives and any questions or concerns you might have. A good length for a first massage is anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Even a 15-minute massage can be refreshing. I personally feel that a 90-minute massage is perfect because it allows me enough time to use a variety of modalities without feeling rushed. But it's really up to you. I have made a difference in someone's muscle health and well-being in just 15 minutes. With other clients, 90 minutes was barely long enough to crack the surface of much-needed work. As far as the cost of a massage, that varies from therapist to therapist. You will find that some massage therapists charge a flat fee for either an hour or 90 minute massage that is less then what a per-minute massage would be with another massage therapist. So be sure to do your homework. Check out and interview several massage therapists before choosing a therapist. Communication is key in finding and developing a trusting and beneficial professional relationship that addresses your health and wellness.
Joshua Chase Smith (Gurnee, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
It depends on your goals and your budget. If, for example, you just need some work on your rotator cuff as part of a physical therapy treatment plan, 30 minutes should be plenty. If there is no immediate rehab needed, a 60 to 90 minute session is great for overall health and wellness.
Said Alla (Chadds Ford, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Generally between 60 to 90 minutes, though it depends on the goal and the modality.
Paula Irwin (Del Mar, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Great question! It depends on the purpose of the massage. Generally a massage session is 60 minutes long, which would cover the whole body. If there are special areas that need extra work, like the neck or back, the massage needs to be longer. I offer 30, 60 and 90 minute sessions. Each session can be tailored to your specific needs.
Tonya Brooks-Taylor (Randolph, MA) on Oct 10, 2014
Massages that charge by the minute are typically chair massages, which primarily focus on the back. If you are getting a standard Swedish massage (for example) it would be conducted while you are lying on a massage table. Most table massages start at 1 hour, although some places do include intake time as well as the time it takes for you to get on the table in that time slot, so you wind up with a 50 minute massage. At my studio, I ask new clients to arrive 20 minutes early to do their intake form. The clock starts when the therapist actually begins the massage, so you get the full one hour (unless you arrive late to your appointment).
Kenny Roberts (Cincinnati, OH) on Oct 10, 2014
Massages are typically 30 to 120 minutes long.
Micah Harris (Marietta, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
Honestly, it depends on the client's needs and wants. I have had sessions that have gone from 30 minutes up to 2 hours. I have heard of therapist doing 3 hours in a session. When there is a specific reason for the massage, like tight or sore muscles, or breaking up scar tissue, the length of a massage session should be carefully considered. In those cases it depends on what the client is asking for, what needs to be done, and what the client can handle. In cases of deep tissue and neuromuscular massage, massage can be painful or uncomfortable. So it really depends on what the client can handle. Some clients might be able to handle more pressure than others. If the therapist is able to work longer on a client, they might get results sooner. It basically comes down to what you want or need and the communication between the therapist and client.
Zahava Czara (Honolulu, HI) on Oct 10, 2014
I recommend at least one hour, if not more. A longer massage releases more of the toxins and tension built up in your muscles and throughout your body. For example, a full body treatment usually takes me 90 minutes on average. The length of massage may also vary based on the client's needs, or their height and weight. For example, I have given a 500-pound, 6'7" person a 5 hour massage! That would have taken me one hour on a 5' tall, 100 pound person. Massages on people with injuries can take two or three hours. I do three-hour massages on a semi-regular basis, though 60 and 90-minute massages are more common. Spa massage therapists are trained to give 50-minute massages, as set-up time is included in your hour. As a former teacher, I have taught both "spa hour" and full hour massage techniques.
Kelly Tedrow (Denver, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
A massage should last for as long as you and the therapist want it to last. Most therapists will give massages that are two hours long at most, with 60 minutes being the average length of time for a table massage.
Kimberly Willis (Gaithersburg, MD) on Oct 10, 2014
The length of a massage session can vary. Typical lengths include a 50 minute session (one hour), a 90 minute session (a hour and a half), or a 120 minute session (two hours).
CJ Lester (Long Beach, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Typically massages are either 30 minutes, 50 to 60 minutes, or 90 minutes. Every corporate spa I have worked for offered massages that were around 50 to 55 minutes long, with deluxe massages at 80 to 90 minutes.
Abi'l-Khayr (Albany, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Well, one answer would simply be "As long as you want it to." If getting a spa-style relaxation massage, I often find that I am not ready for it to be over after 60 minutes, because it feels so good I want it to continue! So, for me, 90 minutes of a relaxation style session would be excellent. A good therapist could give a basic full-body massage in about half that amount of time if time is an issue. Your question becomes a little more complicated if there is a specific issue to be addressed by the massage, like a limited range of motion in the neck or shoulder, or perhaps the numbness and leg pain caused by impingement of the sciatic nerve. In such cases, the massage should last as long as it takes to address the problem in as thorough a manner as possible. Sometimes it might be a simple fix. I have heard stories of a therapist doing a psoas release just a few minutes into the session, when the client suddenly announced that the pain was gone, and got up and ended the session. Most sessions are scheduled to last an hour, although that seems somewhat arbitrary. As mentioned, 90-minute sessions are quite nice. I also know clients who like to do 120 minutes. And there is no reason you could not request a 30-minute session if that feels like what you need. An issue that has taken some time to develop in the body might also require a bit of time to unravel and be worked through. So it may take three sessions, just as an example, to resolve a neck issue that stems from a whiplash trauma that happened one year ago. It is very difficult to put an exact number of minutes on how long a massage should last when the point is to get the tissue to let go of a holding pattern. You won't know until the pattern lets go. It is not at all uncommon for massage therapists to charge $60-70/hour, and specialized techniques often command a premium above this level. So, too, do very experienced and effective therapists. I know of some that charge $100/hr, and I have heard of specialists that charge much more. So, what would the per minute charge amount to for a one hour session? All I can hope to give you here is a rough idea of the ballpark you should expect to be in. I hope this helps.
Karynn MacKinnon (Vancouver, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Most massage sessions are 60 minutes unless you have a targeted area you want to focus on, then it might be 30 minutes. Some people schedule a 90 minute massage, however, the client should dictate the length of session but can work with the Massage Therapist to determine your specific needs and your focus or goals for the session (such as pain relief for a sore back and neck, overall relaxation and stress relief, etc.) to determine the appropriate length of time.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Time depends on what you need. I suggest 15-30 minutes for each significant area of pain. I charge $50 an hour, or $1 a minute. Typical fees can be $60 per hour or more, depending on the cost of living where you are.
Jean Devine (Bristol, CT) on Oct 10, 2014
The length of a massage is dependent on what type of massage it is, and how long you want it to last. A chair massage is always done with the client fully clothed, is usually priced by the minute, and typically lasts from 10-20 minutes. Table massage generally runs from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Macherie Ward (Gretna, LA) on Oct 10, 2014
It depends on the massage you plan to get.
John Lawrence (Las Vegas, NV) on Oct 10, 2014
The avg. is 60min or 90min in a spa type setting. You can schedule as much time as needed. Ask your local LMT how he/she can help your situation.
Lori Needell (Miami, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
A professional massage should last between 60 and 90 minutes.Some therapists choose to base their fees on an hourly rate, some on minutes, and some according to the massage modality.
Carissa Bracamonte (Reno, NV) on Oct 10, 2014
You can get a 1/2, hour, hour and a half, or a 2 hour massage. It really depends on you and what your needs are. I only charge by the minute if I am doing chair massage.
Therese Kortas (Woodridge, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
a massage can last as long or as short as you wish I have had massages last as long as two hours or as short as ten minutes. What matters is that you get the total minutes that you pay for. If you are uncomfortable paying my the minute then chose some on that charges by the hour. Fyi I am avaleable tomorow after1pm saterday all day and sunday all day
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Hi normally if you get chair massage is charge by the minute but pending on the area you live in,if you get full body massage they may charge you different price we do not have a set price for every massage therapist.take care
Dora Vazquez (Palm Desert, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Hi normally if you get chair massage is charge by the minute but pending on the area you live in,if you get full body massage they may charge you different price we do not have a set price for every massage therapist.take care
Canney Yang (New Hyde Park, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
it depends on the different condition, some people can have straight 3 hours massage, some have 2 hours and others are have 1.5 hours. Usually one hour session is enough for full body treatment.
Johanna Wasen (Blue Ash, OH) on Oct 10, 2014
I would recommend a 30,60 or 90 min massage, depending on how many focus areas you are presenting. I always advise clients to opt for a 90 if they are desiring a full-body massage. 60 min is adequate for either an upper-body or lower-body massage. 30 min is for one focus area. It's difficult to decide without knowing more about what your needs/intentions are for the session.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
this question is really up to you the client. i have done one as long as 2hrs. the most common is a 1hr session
Mark Schmid (Agawam, MA) on Oct 10, 2014
It depends on the type of massage you are getting, but normally a good massage is around 60 minutes give or take a few minutes.. Hopefully you gettting those few extra minutes... but normally there is a set few for the massage unless it is a chair massage then I have heard of being charged by the minute... Hopr this helps... Mark Schmid LMT
Jamie Thompson (Brighton, MA) on Oct 10, 2014
Most massages last for 60 or 90 minutes, although 30- and 45-minute massage therapy sessions are also common (and some massage therapists even offer two-hour sessions!). Many massage therapists, such as myself, start the clock when their hands first touch the client's body, but others only provide 50 or 55 minutes of hands-on time instead of a full hour (or 80 or 85 minutes instead of a full hour and a half), so always confirm the exact session length with your therapist ahead of time if you are not sure how many minutes you will actually be on the table. As for pricing, it varies from therapist to therapist, based on factors such as environment, location, overhead, etc. For a 60-minute session, my regular rate is $70, which is more than a dollar per minute, but less than the standard rate charged by many other massage therapists in Boston, where I'm based. I keep my rates low intentionally, to make massage therapy affordable and accessible to people, and am able to do this because I work for myself and keep my other expenses (rent, etc.) low.
Sean McCoy (Chandler, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
Depends on the type of work you are receiving. Relaxation and stress reduction massages are generally 50 to 60 minute sessions, and are quite effective in that time frame. 2) Deep Tissue and/or Trigger Point Therapy are 50-60 minutes if the session is focused on the areas with issues. Generally, an 80-90 minute session also allows for some general bodywork which leaves you feeling "fully addressed". 3) Structural Body Work are 80-90 minutes in length and normally require 5-10 sessions in order to realize initial goals. This type of body work is for individuals seeking relief from issues of the spine & hips, carpal tunnel and other injuries that have affected someones ability to move normally. What is important to note is, how many minutes of hands on do you receive during a 1 hour massage? Most day spa's and therapists will reserve 10 minutes before and after the hands on session, leaving you with 50 minutes of hands on during a 1 hour massage. Do not expect a 1 hour massage to last 60 minutes unless your therapist specifically indicates as such.
Renata Ellison (Plymouth Meeting, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
A standard massage is an hour. Most therapists offer 90 minutes or 120 minutes as well. It all depends on what you're looking for. Hope this helps.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
A massage can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 90 minutes. While charging by the minute is a bit odd, just make sure you get a service that is right for you.
Stacy Williams (Jacksonville, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
The massage should last as long as you need it to. It varies. Some clients need extensive work. Others might request 30 minutes to treat a specific area. Your request will determine the time needed. A relaxation massage should require more time than a chair massage. Get to know your massage therapist first, and discuss what you expect. I am certain you can come to a happy conclusion.
Jesse Freeman (Mansfield, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
A professional massage can last anywhere from 5 minutes to two hours. A dollar per minute rate is usually the standard rate.
Lee Windhawk (Saint Peters, MO) on Oct 10, 2014
Typically, 30 to 90 minutes.
Anthony Villalobos (Dallas, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
it depends, if you have an issue that has to be worked out it should take some time. i find that getting sessions of 60, 90, or 120 is better, that way the therapist has time to work out the issue.
Karen Homann (Hudson, IA) on Oct 10, 2014
I charge per session but it is up to the individual therapist on what she / he thinks is right. I do charge per minute with chair-side massage which is standard. Thank you
Jamie Vares (Honolulu, HI) on Oct 10, 2014
The average person will get a 60-minute massage for maintenance. (Kind of like a car). Some people have medical conditions that may necessitate a shorter (30 minute) massage. For example, inactive senior citizens should have 30-minute massages so they do not overtax their bodies. I have a few clients who prefer to have a 75 or 90-minute massage so they can really relax and unwind. The length of the massage really depends on you and how your body feels. You may want to try a 60-minute massage at first.
Fernando Villarreal (San Antonio, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
I find that the ideal length of time for an over-all Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage is about 90 minutes (1.5 hours). This amount of time normally gives the massage therapist ample time to concentrate any trouble areas. During a post-treatment consultation, the massage therapist will tell you more about the techniques used on your trouble areas, give you advice about how to prevent strain on said areas, and suggest which areas might need additional work. After working with you, your massage therapist should be able to better tailor future massage sessions to your needs and suggest the appropriate length of time for future appointments.
Tom Chancy (Reno, NV) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage sessions can last anywhere from 5-120 minutes in length. It all depends on the goals for the particular session and how much you are willing to invest in the therapy. There are many therapies, as well, that can help you. Paying by the minute is not uncommon in the industry, especially when doing chair massage.
Sarah Van Deren (University Place, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
A massage is usually 60 minutes on average. If you want a Full Body Swedish massage an hour is a good amount of time. If you have a lot of tension throughout your body you may want to do a 90 minute massage to give your muscles enought time to relax. And if you only want one or two areas worked on, for example feet and hands or just neck a 30 minute massage would be plenty of time.
Stephanie Welch (Cambridge, MA) on Oct 10, 2014
Every service varies, but it's very common to book massages in 30, 60, or 90 minute increments. As a massage therapist, about two-thirds of all my appointments tend to be 1-hour appointments, but this may not be the case everywhere. Depending on the provider, a 1-hour appointment may mean 60 minutes of massage, or something like 50 minutes of massage plus the time it takes for you to get ready before and after the session. Time spent discussing your needs with the therapist may also be part of your allotted appointment time depending on the schedule and routine of the practitioner.
George Marlow (Phoenix, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
I believe a massage should be at least an hour long. If you need to focus on certain areas of the body, 90 minutes may be better.