I personally gave up on doing 1 hour sessions years ago. Nearly all my clients opt for my 90 minute sessions & some go for a 2 hour. Both of these routinely include the energy
work I specialize in - Jin Shin Jyutsu & most often Hot Stone too.
For those who simply don't have the time or interest in the
longer sessions, my shortest session is 1 hour & 15 min.,
which is usually straight massage, incorporating Swedish & Deep Tissue, along with some reflexology. Many practitioners charge different rates for a basic Swedish vs
Deep Tissue work. For the future, other effective suggested techniques to add to your bag of tricks for those folks needing more intensive therapy: Structural Integration or Active Isolated Stretching are both great options to consider.
When I first started out I generally gave each area approx. 20 minutes each.
Starting supine: Being as so many people have major tension in the neck, arms & shoulders/upper thoracics. I would work that area first - clearing everything out there. Then I move to the feet & legs - giving more attention here especially for those who are really active/runners - athletes/etc.
Next I'd have the client flip over into the prone position & work the back & the hips, as well as some strokes aimed at connecting the neck & shoulder regions into the back.
A great deal of your timing will depend on where you work, and the time your appts. are scheduled for. If you're on your own it leaves things open to however you choose to work. The more practice - trades or otherwise - you have the better, to get your timing down. If you know in advance the areas really needing attention you can vary how much time you spend elsewhere & keep an eye on the clock. The more you do it, the better you'll be at the basic routine & the easier it will get to add or subtract from whatever you do during the course of a session.
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on Sat Sep 27, 2008 1:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
The song of the spirit is as the song
of the river, on a journey back to source.