April 15, 2022 4 min read

A massage table is an important piece of equipment for any massage therapist. But with all of the different models and options available, it can be not easy to know which one is right for you. 

They come in different shapes and sizes and can be made from various materials. Most massage tables have a headrest and height adjustment to make the person being massaged more comfortable.

In this article, we will give an answer to the question “how to use a massage table”, and tell you everything that you need to know.


How Do You Use A Massage Table?

If you are just starting out in massage therapy, you may not know how to use a massage table. The good news is that using a massage table is quite easy. It doesn't take much practice to get the hang of it!

First, choose a massage table with adjustable height. This will allow you to change the height when working with people of different heights and sizes.  It's also good for back pain people because it will help reduce unnecessary strain on their lower back muscles.

Next, set up your space to have plenty of room for you and your client. You will also want a room to move around the table freely without tripping over equipment.

Put a sheet, towel, or other protective covering over the massage table. The sheet protects your client's clothing and provides a barrier between them and the massage table itself. Your client will stay more comfortable with fewer distractions. 

They can remain covered during the entire message if you like. You may also leave one leg uncovered for easier access if necessary.

Once you've found the perfect spot for your massage table and you already know how to use a massage table, congratulations! You are now ready to get started! But, as an owner or client, you must wonder how much weight a massage table can hold? Well, it can hold 250 up to 500 pounds!

 

Pisces Pro New Wave II Lite Portable Massage Table

 

How To Set Up A Massage Table Ready To Use

  1. Make sure you have a dry and clean place to work on your table. Cover the table with a clean, white cloth or use disposable sheets for quick clean-ups (optional).
  2. Put on your gloves! Take off any rings that may catch on the edges of your table, and make sure that none of them will interfere with your precision.  If you are working in public, make sure that you always wear socks when examining a person's feet or toes.
  3. Put on your massage shoes and ensure that they aren't too tight or too loose so that you can move easily around the table during the treatment session.
  4. Make sure you have a good set of massage tools and supplies, including towels for the table, portable hand-held massagers for muscle release, and deep tissue work.
  5. You can also create an order sheet with your client's name at the top to make it easy for them to take notes about their massage.
  6. Next, put on your clippers if you are using them. They are usually in the "off" position when stored, so flick the switch to "on" before using. It would be best to listen for a click to confirm that they are switched on properly. Make sure you can hear it each time you switch them to avoid harming your client.
  7. Use a water spray bottle or bucket to clean up any excess massage oil or other debris from your massage area.
  8. Finally, ask your client to undress in privacy and bring their personal belongings when they come over for their session.

 

How To Clean A Massage Table

Cleaning a massage table is simple and easy with these steps.

  • Brush or vacuum the padded, leather, vinyl, or plush tabletop. Pay careful attention to any nooks and crannies you may not have seen before. You can use a vacuum attachment to get into any tight areas and to remove any excess hair or dirt in problem areas.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe down the rest of your massage table but be sure it doesn't get too wet to avoid causing damage to the wood under-frame or padding on the sides of your table.
  • Wash the top of your table with the rest of your equipment and supplies (you may use your clothes or disposable linens if you prefer).
  • Dry it off using another damp cloth and let it air out thoroughly. Ensure no wet spots that might encourage mold or mildew to grow.
  • Vacuum again to remove any loose dust, hair, or debris from the surface of your table before storing it away for a little while.
  • To clean up a massage table in public, wash your massage table's top with water and soap and some mild household disinfectant (such as Clorox). Let it dry completely before storing it safely until you need it next session.

 

Final Thoughts

Finally, now that you have an idea of how to use a massage table and how to set it up, you can see that it's very easy to get the hang of. There are many personal needs to consider when choosing the best portable massage table, but with the above tips in mind, you should be able to find something that is comfortable for you and your clients.

At times you may have to shop around for a few days or weeks or even see a few different models at a store before finding the right one. But, with patience, you will be able to find the perfect table that fits your needs and wants.

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