While massage therapy is most beneficial if you have it done on a regular basis, it’s also true that even a single 90-minute massage session can have a profound impact on your physical and mental well-being. A skilled massage therapist can identify and target “problem areas” within your body, kneading out myofascial trigger points (muscle knots) while leaving you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
A 90-minute massage is the perfect way to relieve stress. According to the American Institute of Stress, approximately 3 out of 4 doctor visits are related to stress. Stress increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease, suppresses the immune system, influences insomnia, causes digestive disorders, and much more.
While it’s hard to avoid stress completely, you can “reset” your body and mind with a 90-minute massage. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine found massage therapy to offer”immediate beneficial effects on anxiety-related measures and may be a useful de-escalating tool for reducing stress and anxiety in acutely hospitalized psychiatric patients.”
Improves Blood Flow
Another benefit of a 90-minute massage is improved blood flow/circulation. By kneading out muscle knots, a massage therapist will encourage blood flow to the affected region. Of course, this translates into faster muscle recovery and healing times while also protecting against pain and inflammation. A client will experience improved circulation within just minutes of receiving a massage, making this a simple yet highly effective way to boost blood flow within the body.
Most people will agree: 90 minutes is the perfect amount of time for a massage. It allows clients to receive a thorough massage, targeting any and all problem areas, but not forcing him or her to invest a significant chunk of their day. A professional massage therapist can use this hour-and-a-half time frame to massage the client’s entire body.
To make the most of your 90-minute massage, it’s recommended that you talk with your therapist beforehand to address any issues and/or concerns. If you feel pain or stiffness in a particular area, for instance, let your therapist know so he or she can target it during the session. Therapists can often find problem areas on their own, but informing them will make the process easier and more enjoyable. Spending a couple minutes discussing your physical conditions before the session begins can make a world of difference.
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