Every massage therapist and massage establishment is different. I think it's best to share how I work and how I encourage people to schedule appointments with me.
The first thing I can share is that if you book for a 60, 90, or 120 minute massage with me, you then get 60, 90, or 120 minutes of actual HANDS-ON bodywork. Doing an intake, or discussing after-care is IN ADDITION TO the booked time. I tend to spend about 15 minutes talking the first time a new client comes to my office because before I put my hands on you, I believe it's important for us both to be comfortable. I need to know what's going on with your body. You need to feel heard. We need to agree on mutual expectations prior to actually beginning work - and that takes a little time.
There are some other guidelines I suggest when trying to determine how long your massage should be. Begin by asking yourself these questions:
1) Do I want relaxation, therapy, or both?
2) Do I want full body or do I just want upper/lower body work?
3) Do I have a chronic problem I wish to address?
IF you are looking for a relaxation massage and full body, that can be achieved in any time slot. However, if you are looking for some specific therapy AND also want full body, then I would highly encourage you to book for a minimum of 90 minutes.
As an example, working from a therapeutic mindset, if you have neck/upper back tension, that tells me we need to look at 34 muscles just to address that specific issue! This takes time. It's very difficult to do an adequate job trying to accomplish therapy AND full body in 60 minutes. If however, you wish to do therapy but only focus on upper body work, that can be achieved in 60 minutes of time.
When in doubt, give me a call and we can discuss what you want/need and create the best plan for you.