A new massage table is a significant expense and buying one can be a daunting process, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth. Before pulling the trigger on a new table, here are some good questions to ask yourself about your clientele, practice, and own needs that will help you make a decision on a great massage table!
1. Where will you be buying it?
The best massage table, to put it simply, is one that was made with care. Unfortunately, cheap tables are abound both online and in retail stores. When buying in person, it’s easy to test a table yourself by climbing on and testing for sway, comfort, and other factors. When buying online, however, the situation is a bit trickier.
Some good practices to follow when buying a massage table online are to look for a reputable brand name, a believable price point, and good reviews. It might also be worth it to buy from a site that offers returns, refunds, or some kind of satisfaction guarantee.
2. Who will be using it?
A massage table is a workstation. It’s important to consider who will be spending their time there, whether it’s just you, or you and other therapists. Massage Magazine advises choosing a table that sits a good working height for you, and if other therapists will be using the table, one that can be easily adjusted to different heights. The weight of the table might also be a consideration, depending on whether or not the table is portable and who will be moving it around if that’s the case.
3. Will it need to move?
Many therapists are mobile, taking their table to different practices or client’s homes. If you need to take your table to different locations, it’s a good idea to get one that weighs less and is easy to fold or otherwise pack up for transport. You'll find that portable tables are usually lighter, but lack some features that a fixed table might have, such as hydraulics.
4. What kind of clients do you see?
Massage therapists can either specialize in one particular modality and client base, or be well-versed in multiple practices and see clients that have diverse body types, needs, and preferences. We recommend choosing a table that can be customized for each client with features like hydraulics or modules if you see many different kinds of clients. If you’re primarily a specialist, it’s a good idea to pick a table based on the width and other features that match your client’s body type and needs.
5. What material should the table be?
Most massage tables are available in either wood or aluminum. Aluminum tables are usually much lighter so many portable massage tables are made out of this material. Wood tables, on the other hand, often match the aesthetics of a clinic or other working space, and can be important visual centerpieces for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Aluminum is typically stronger than wood, but most wood tables are sturdily constructed and you won’t risk overloading them.
We hope that this short list of massage table purchasing tips helps you in your quest for the perfect massage table!
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