A Complete Introduction to the Massage Table

Obviously, you already know what a massage table is. In this case, that's not what we mean by, “introduction.” Rather, we'd like to provide you with the information you need in order to make the right decision when you're initially purchasing a massage table. That way, you can make a decision that's best for both you and your clients. To that end, we're going to take a look at the theory behind how exactly one of these tables helps. We'll also take a look at a few of the different types of table which are available on the market.

Actually, let's a take a look at the different types of massage tables first. First, there's the portable massage table. This is a great option for the massage therapist that's just starting out. It's also useful for clinics and spas that would like to be able to offer on location massages. It could be that potential clients have heard about the benefits of massage from a medical resource, but have never made their way into a clinic or a spa. This is a great way to eliminate that hurdle for them. Another kind of table features an electric lift. That way, therapists can adjust the height of such tables to correspond to their own, resulting in even more effective massages for their clients.

Let's back up for a second, though. Let's avail ourselves of a quick refresher in what exactly these tables are for to begin with. You might be thinking, “They're for massages, of course!” Obviously, you're right. However, there's a little more to it than that. They really do two things. First, they offer resistance. That way, the therapist's techniques can be even more effective in providing relief from tension. Secondly, they provide comfort. After all, a concrete pad would certainly provide plenty of resistance, but it sure wouldn't be very comfortable! Comfort is important, too. After all, a massage is supposed to be a pleasant, relaxing experience, not a painful one.

Let's recap. When you're choosing a massage table, your goal should be to find one that's best suited to the needs of your clients and your business. All of the professionally designed models provide both comfort and resistance, so other factors should be considered. If the table is going to be used in one facility by multiple therapists, then the electric lift model is best. If it's just you, though, and you don't need to transport it, then you could perhaps opt for a non-motorized, stationary table.

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