Why most massages at resort spas last 50 minutes, unlike massage clinics that do the full hour.

It depends on the business model and location. Spa, clinic, or independent therapist - the main reason to limit a 1-hour session to 50-minutes hands-on is to allow time to flip the.....

It depends on the business model and location. Spa, clinic, or independent therapist - the main reason to limit a 1-hour session to 50-minutes hands-on is to allow time to flip the room (change out sheets, etc) between clients or patients in the case they are scheduled on the hour, every hour.

Personally, as a therapist, I like to tell my clients 60 minutes = 60 minutes.

From a management perspective, however, if I want to give a 60-minute massage, I need to plan for at least 75 minutes if not 90 minutes because - in my practice - we do a thorough evaluation every time and because I don’t want to rush clients who need to talk.

I didn’t plan to become a psychotherapist when I opened my sports massage therapy practice, but the truth is, everyone needs someone to talk to - and for a lot of hardcore athletes, that turns out to be me!

Also, depending on the type of massage, we may need to allow time for the client to change, and if they haven’t paid in advance, we need to include time for them to pay.

So a lot goes into factoring how much time to allot for the hands-on massage versus everything else that comes along with the session.

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