Massage therapy

Which massage do I need? 30-minute vs. 60-minute vs. 90-minute massages

When booking a massage, how long to book your massage for is an important consideration. Typically, massage therapy treatments are done in 30, 60 and 90-minute increments. The 60 minute-massage is by far the most common, but it may not always be the best option.

Here’s some reasons to consider whether you need to book a 30-minute, 60-minute of 90-minute massage.

When to book a 30-minute massage

  • You are looking for a highly focused massage. For example, you only need a specific area focused on such as the shoulders, just the lower back and hips or your arms, a 30-minute massage is your best bet.
  • Children of any age can get a massage and it can be very beneficial especially if they are athletic. Since their bodies are much smaller (not to mention it can be hard to sit in the same spot for too long with a limited attention span), a 30-minute massage is the usually the best option.
  • You’re running short on time but you really need to fit some relaxation in. Booking a 30-minute focused massage can be incredibly beneficial so don't use "I have no time" as an excuse! If you book it, we can get it done!

When to book a 60-minute massage

The advantages of a 60-minute massage are focus, efficiency and time.

  • With a 60-minute massage, registered massage therapists can focus more on your problem areas and start to resolve your issues with tension and pain.
  • Compared a 30-minute massage, we can efficiently work on more muscles groups without spreading ourselves too thin.
  • An hour massage are typically easier to fit within your schedule, while allowing efficient time and focus for your specific problem areas.

When to book a 90-minute massage

  • If you need your full body massaged such as your back, arms, legs, neck and feet then a 90-minute massage is highly recommended. Massage therapists can only do tackle so many areas of the body during a one-hour massage. If you are trying to resolve pain and tension and you need your full body massaged, please do your therapist a kindness and book a 90-minute massage.
  • You need the king of relaxation massages. 90-minutes is the best chance for you to nod off and truly relax. Give yourself some extra time and treat yourself!
  • When it comes strictly down to value for time, the 90-minute is the best choice. At Movement Performance & Health, we charge only an extra $20 for another 30 minutes. This is a great value, especially when compared to other clinics. 

Make sure to keep these tips in mind when you book your next massage, so you can get the best treatment possible. Whether you need to save time, money or give your body the attention it deserves!

Meet our massage therapists at Calgary’s Movement Performance & Health

Sarah Joyce, Calgary Registered Massage Therapist

Sarah Joyce, RMT

Sarah works in therapeutic, deep tissue and stretching. She can integrate cupping, myofascial release, trigger point release and cross frictions into your treatment plan. Sarah, like the whole team at Movement Performance & Health, is a constant learner and has taken additional training in temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) therapy and is very proficient at assisting with jaw pain.

David Sanda, Calgary RMT and certified in RAPID NeuroFascial Reset

David Sanda, RMT

David is a fully certified RAPID Neurofascial Reset specialist.  RAPID is an evidence-based, soft tissue, therapeutic technique that quickly alleviates tension and restrictions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. David is also a deep tissue therapist. He integrates stretches and exercises into his treatments. He is very proficient in treating chronic pain and sciatica.

Shelley Hoffart Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Calgary who also specialized in deep tissue and fire cupping

Shelley Hoffart, RMT

Shelley is a very experienced massage therapist at Movement Performance & Health with over 15 years of hands-on experience. She focuses in deep therapeutic massage. She is fully certified in fire cupping and incorporates cupping into her treatments. She utilizes deep tissue work, and having been an elite gymnast is able to incorporate her sports background into her treatments.

Cillian Cross Registered Massage Therapist

Cillian Cross

Cillian is proficient in many types of massage including deep tissue massage and also relaxation.  He performs an assessment and special testing to better understand and determine the most appropriate approach for his clients with musculoskeletal conditions or injuries.

Cillian has a special interest in helping those with acute and chronic pain relief. He stresses great importance of getting his clients back to activities of daily life and beyond.

Colleen Gilbert, Registered Massage Therapist

Colleen Gilbert, RMT

Colleen Gilbert has been practicing massage therapy full-time as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2005.

Focusing on relaxation as well as therapeutic massage, Colleen is well-versed in treating patients at all stages of health, including pregnancy and children from the age of five. 

Natalie Stefiuk Registered Massage Therapist Calgary

Natalie Stefiuk, RMT

Natalie enjoys treating concussions, tension headaches, sports injuries and TMJ issues, and also has a passion for aromatherapy and integrating essential oils into her treatments. Natalie also has an athletic background playing rugby and can relate to many sports injuries that occur.


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