How To Choose A Massage Table
The cornerstone of any form of massage therapy is the position in which the client is seated in order to receive treatment. Comfort is paramount, as is the ability for the therapist to be able to have easy access to the required areas for the specific treatment being performed. In this article I will answer some frequently asked questions with regards to choosing the right massage table for you and your clients. Massage chairs are also available, however this article will focus on tables. Both products can be viewed in our shop.
Do your clients need to be able to sit up?
If the answer is yes, then consider a massage table with an adjustable back rest. If the answer is no, then it would be advisable to remain with a flat massage table, as adjustable tables feature extra framework to be able to hold the backrest in place, which adds to the overall weight of the table. Preferably you would want your massage table to be as light as possible if you have to move it from location to location, even if that’s very rare.
Do you intend on using the couch for a variety of therapies, or intend to study further in the future?
As with most purchases you would buy, always look ahead and think about how much use it will be to you in the future should something happen; such as advancing your training requiring clients to be positioned in a different way.
If you intend to use the massage table for a variety or therapies or are considering additional training sometime in the future, adjustable backrests with adjustable height may be one of many features to consider when purchasing your massage table. It is important to look and think ahead.
Do you intend on being the only therapist using the couch, or is it intended for various therapists of differing heights?
If the massage table is going to be shared among students in a college, or therapists in a salon, then adjustable height is a must. Our adjustable height massage tables are adjusted whilst they are on their side, with an easy to use spring clip mechanism that is fast, simple, and effective.
What is the right height for you?
The general rule which is widely used, is that if you stand alongside your massage table with your fist clenched, then the top of your knuckles should just brush the top of the massage table. In practice, it is quite comfortable to work approximately 50mm down from this height, but ultimately you will be the judge of that, as everybody is different. At the end of the day, whatever feels right for you is right for you.
What is the right width to choose?
Different therapies will need different massage tables of different widths. The standard 610mm width suits most applications. However, if you know you are going to be working with larger clients, then an extra width massage table is most certainly recommended. Aromatherapy, massage, reiki, and acupuncture are among a few disciplines that tend to require a wider massage table. When choosing a wider massage table you need to bear two things in mind. Firstly, it will add at least a kilogram to the overall weight of the massage table, and secondly; will you be able to reach across it?
There is an alternative to extra width in the accessories that we offer. A face cradle will add extra length, and armrests will add extra width without adding to the weight or side of the massage table when folded.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Is it comfortable?
As mentioned at the start of this article, client comfort is paramount. All of our massage tables come standard with double foam padding, i.e. 40mm thick foam. All foam padding used by Body Craft Products is high density foam which will not collapse over time.
Is it easy to clean?
The vinyl covering is hard-wearing and very easy to wipe clean. With the application of a soft wet cloth and some soapy water, the cover can be quickly cleaned for use with the next client. However, be sure you do not use any solvents, as these could damage the covering, mattress, or even the massage table itself.
What is the maximum weight the massage table can take?
The maximum weight that our massage tables can take is a very heavy 225kg, which should be more than enough for the vast majority of clients.