Artful Touch Massage & Wellness Center

How Long Will A Session Last?

This may depend on the type of treatment and the way each individual massage practice does their scheduling. Make sure you ask your massage therapist before booking your appointment. Here are a couple of ways the scheduling may be done:

Scheduling Styles

The first way is the standard massage hour. This means that if you schedule or book a 60-minute appointment, you get 60 minutes of treatment time. For example, you call and schedule a 2:00 pm appointment for a 60-minute treatment. Your actual treatment time is scheduled to last from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Your therapist or scheduler arranges the schedule so that they have 15-30 minutes between appointments, typically speaking. What this means for you is that you need to arrive slightly before your scheduled start time if you want to receive the full 60 minutes you have purchased. It also means that you will not be leaving at 3:00 pm, but that you will be getting dressed at 3:00 pm. It also means that if you don't arrive until 2:00 pm or after, your session will still only last until 3:00 pm. This is the most common scheduling type among independent therapists. This is also what is used here at Artful Touch Massage, LLC.

The second way is a business hour, or paid hour. This is frequently used in larger spas and salons. This means that if your book or schedule a 60-minute massage, you may receive 45-50 minutes of actual treatment time. This is done so that the facility or therapist is paid for the setup and take-down time. For example, you call and schedule a 2:00 pm appointment for 60 minutes. You may arrive at 2:00 pm, and your treatment time will last until 2:50 pm. Then you will typically be leaving at 3:00 pm. This allows the therapist to set up for the following 3:00 pm appointment while a receptionist helps your with payment and rescheduling.

Type of Treatment

Now, there is the matter of what appointment duration you need to schedule for yourself. Most therapists offer a range of appointment durations, usually ranging from 30 minutes to 120 minutes. To determine how much time you will need, speak with your therapist and allow them to help you choose the proper treatment type and duration. Here are some basic guidelines:

  • A half hour will not be enough for a full-body treatment. Generally speaking, the therapist will be able to massage your back and neck in that amount of time, just focusing on specific areas of discomfort. A half hour can also be used for one specific area where treatment is needed. For example: You just did a 3K run, and you need work on your calves and feet.
  • The typical treatment times for a full body would range from 60-90 minutes, depending on the level of specific needs.
  • Two-hour massages are available for those with serious previous injuries or health concerns that require more time.
  • Anything beyond two hours is not out of the question, but it is not typically recommended as it will probably exhaust you and your massage therapist.

If there is ever a question on how your massage therapist schedules or how much time you need to schedule as an individual, good communication is key. Your massage therapist should be happy to answer your questions.