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Monday, 1 February 2010

World Record for Longest Massage Treatment / Consecutive Massage Treatments

I was following up on a previous enquiry to Guinness World Records this evening, in relation to setting a world record for the longest massage treatment or series of consecutive massage treatments.

Since not long after starting to provide professional massage therapies in 1996, I've often provided massage treatments in excess of 5 hours on a single person.

Similarly, at the various events I've been involved, I've provided over 10 hours of consecutive therapy treatments back-to-back.

So, back in August 2005, I contact Guinness World Records (probably the most recognised officiants of world records), in order to request setting a marathon record for at least 24 hours of consecutive massage treatments, by a single therapist.  This I was planning to do at an event the following year.

However (reference: WC138828), I was informed:
Thank you for sending us the details of your recent record proposal for 'Longest series of massage treatments back-to-back'. We are  afraid to say that we are unable to accept this as a Guinness World Record.

We are unable to regulate what constitutes a massage as the person attempting the record would have to maintain a style and form (e.g. firm/strong/medium) for over 24 hours - and this would be impossible to judge visually.

We realize that this will be disappointing to you.  However, we have considered your proposal fully; in the context of the specific subject area and that of records as a whole, and our decision is final in this matter.
Decided to take a look around today however, I was most surprised to see a massage therapist from the USA, by the name of Zane, claiming to hold the 'world record for the longest massage treatment' on a single person by a single therapist, at just 6 hours.
He was able to get some TV news coverage (there are various misleading links from the official GWR website, to his details, even though by GWR's own definition, they do not recognise massage marathons as valid record attempts).  Unfortunately, Zane has yet to mention that his record attempts have not been recognised by Guinness World Record rules.
I wonder how much he's selectively left that information out.

Similarly, I found other links found around the web, of an onsite massage therapist by the name of Costa John, who in December 2009 claims to have provided 229 massage treatments back-to-back, over a 50 hour period (averaging less than 13 minutes per treatment).

Thankfully Mr John does at least seem to have raised around 15,000 dollars for charity.  And hasn't made reference yet (or misleading links) that his attempt was not 'officially endorsed' (by GWR at least).  Although it was a surprise to see both his hands off the client, during a short 3 minute video of the end of his marathon, filmed before the marathon actually finished.  Which does make me wonder just how effective his treatments must have been during the massage marathon, and how many breaks he must have also taken, whilst claiming to have been providing treatments for 50 hours straight.

Guinness World Records have at least accepted one massage record, for the longest massage chain (430 people), at the V Festival in the UK, in the summer of 2009:

I do appreciate that the quality of massage treatments does vary considerably from therapist to therapist (one of the main reasons the Therapy Agency was established in the first place).

It is such a shame though, that Guinness World Records are as yet unable to contemplate recognising massage marathons, even with independent adjudication (ie from recognised massage teachers).
They now even include it as one of the 'standard' non-recognised marathon activities on their website:  (scroll down to the base of the page).

So, in summary, if anyone claims to have the 'World Record' for the 'Longest Massage Treatment' or 'Consecutive Massage Treatments', they are not records validated by the leading authority on world records, 'Guinness World Records'.

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Blogger Practical Mystic said...

I have a fantasy of setting a GWR for the longest RECEIVED massage! Multiple massage therapists in rotation. (2? 3?) Multiple modalities. With a 15 minute break every three hours (to use the restroom and get a drink/snack) I figure I'd be good for at least three days... maybe more. I am willing to pursue this seriously; I'd schedule vacation time from work to pull this off! Interested in talking? Let me know...

4 April 2015 at 20:21  
Blogger JasonParlour said...

I like your thinking, but unfortunately GWR wouldn't recognise it for the reasons stated above!

5 April 2015 at 07:04  

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