As a massage therapist, it is essential to realize that having massage tables can further assist your clients in unwinding while receiving the full advantages of massage or chiropractic therapy. A massage without a massage table can negate the point of some techniques by adding more tension to the setting. It is a significant innovation that broadens the breadth of a therapist's abilities.
Every massage therapist has their reasons for selecting and using a certain table height. For beginners, any indicators of pain, particularly a sore back, should prompt you to adjust your table height.
Curious to know how? Let's find out!
Your massage table should be spacious enough to fit a variety of client shapes and sizes.
It must be wide enough to effectively support your methods while narrow enough to avoid hurting your own back throughout sessions.
Massage beds typically range from 25 to 32 inches wide. So, if you’re of shorter stature, 25-inch massage tables may be a better fit for you, while a 30-inch massage table might be a better alternative if you are tall or want to provide your clients with a lot of experience.
Only you will know the table width you can handle since everyone is built differently.
Most massage tables range in length from 73 inches to more than 80 inches, slightly longer than 6 feet long, making them ideal for most people's height.
Alternatively, you may expand the length of your massage table by attaching a retractable headrest to it. These are typically 8 or 9 inches long, extending the overall length of the regular table to 81 or 82 inches, or about 7 feet in length, making it more than enough for a vast majority of your client's height.
The working weight of a massage bed refers to how much weight it can support, and you'll want to be sure that the functional weight of your table matches your techniques. It’s established by adding your weight to your client's weight. Tables with higher working weights are usually heavier, but they're necessary if you're doing shiatsu or sports massages.
Massage tables typically have a working weight of 300 – 600 lbs; hence, choose the perfect one for both you and your clients.
Massage tables are designed to be easily adjusted to your liking.
Your table should be positioned at a height that permits you to use your body weight instead of expending unnecessary physical effort. So, if you're going to stand to work, the intelligent point to start is with your table at mid-thigh. This level addresses your height and the width of your client's body to determine whether or not you would be able to utilize your body weight. And if you discover that you need to readjust your table when treatment starts, don't hesitate to pause and adjust it.
Next to your ability and skill, your most essential tool is your massage table. It brings forth your utmost versatility, as it may be changed to your desired height and can even tilt your client upwards, downwards, or in other positions. It also enables you to communicate with your clients without leaning or maneuvering yourself oddly. Thus, learning how to adjust your massage table height will help you flow more efficiently, leaving your clients looking forward to your next therapy session.