Massage tables are an essential part of most massage practices. But how do you know if you have the table that is right for you? Read on for our guide.
Types of Massage Tables
There are three main types of massage tables: stationary, portable or electric lift. There are two variations of the stationary table: spa and salon, and regular. Regular massage tables are built in the same way as portable massage tables, with wood frames and legs, and comfortable padding on the table top. Spa and salon tables, on the other hand, are built with metal and machine parts, and are going to be much heavier than a regular table. These tables are often hydraulic, allowing the therapist to move the table to a height where it is comfortable to massage the client.
Portable massage tables are built similarly to stationary tables but they are more compact and lightweight, making it perfect for the massage therapist that is always on the move.
Choosing a Massage Table
As a massage table is one of the most important, if not the most important, piece of equipment for a massage therapist, it is important that you take the time when making your choice. Firstly, consider your needs. How much space do you have? Will the table need to be moved regularly? What types of massage will you be doing? What is your budget? If you are traveling regularly, a portable table is perfect. If you plan to be based in a spa, a hydraulic stationary table is ideal.
Ensure that the table comes with a good warranty and after sales service. This will make it easier to deal with any problems that may arise. Ask what accessories come with your table. Some packages may be very basic while others will offer more.
Massage Table Accessories
Common accessories that can be used with massage tables include:
• adjustable rests for face, arms, and feet
• face holes
• pregnancy accommodations
• carrying cases
Caring for Massage Tables
To get the most out of your table, you will need to take good care of it. The surface of the table needs to be kept clean. After each use, clean the table with mild soap and water, or with a special massage table cleaner. It is a good idea to use table sheets in order to cover the table fabric. It stops stains from oils and lotions and helps to delay wear and tear. Make sure that you regularly check the frame, legs, braces, and connections and also perform regular maintenance. This will keep the table in optimal condition and safe to use.