Portable Massage Table Packages
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should I buy a quality portable massage table?
We think a better question is, “Why would you NOT?” After all, you have spent significant money on a great education, labored to study and learn the art of massage therapy, lost sleep over passing tests and licensing requirements. Keep in mind that high prices do not always equate to high quality. Look for a strong, professional-grade table with a warranty. Prices can range from approximately $200 for portables to as much as $3,000 plus for lifts. Take the time to compare features, benefits, warranty, and buy from a reputable and professional products provider. Buy the BEST possible table for the budget you have.
What should a massage therapist be looking for when buying a table?
First, determine how you will be using the table. If you plan on being a mobile therapist, look for a table built with ease of operation and setup. Industry-standard width is 30 inches wide and length can vary from 72-73 inches. Look for tables with good hinges and rubberized feet to prevent sliding on tile or hardwood. Determine the table’s foam density. A single layer of foam tends to bow easily and the client can bottom out onto the decking once worn. Double and triple layers are typically longer lasting and wear better. If you plan on a home-based business with little travel, you may want to invest in a stationary or lift table.
What can a massage therapist do to ensure the longevity of their table?
Clean your massage table with non-alcohol cleaners to avoid damaging the vinyl. Be sure to practice routine monthly maintenance including a thorough cleaning and ensuring screws and bolts are securely tightened. Never allow anyone to jump onto the center of your table to protect the integrity of the hinges. Hinges are built to hold weight, but may be compromised with forceful impact. If you have a mobile practice, use a case to carry your table and protect it from rips and tears. Always check the wheel knobs for tightness with each client, as these can work loose and you can break the leg of your table. Headrests are built to support the average weight of a human head, so don’t allow your clients to lean on this to get off the table.
When thinking about client safety, are there things a massage therapist needs to keep in mind when buying a table?
Strong Hinges: To help support the weight of the client and the pressure your treatment adds to the overall weight (working weight).
Wheel Knobs: Ideally, two-wheel knobs are safer; as it serves as a fail-safe should one become loose.
Rubber Feet: Rubber grips better and prevents table slippage on hard surfaces. This prevents the table from slipping out from beneath the client when getting on or off and slippage during treatment.
Regarding ergonomics, what should massage therapists be looking for in a massage therapy table?
The average width of a massage therapy table is 30 inches, but tables come in widths ranging from 28-33 inches. Shorter therapists, less than 5’2” in height, may prefer a narrower table to easily reach the midline of a client without overextending; however, many therapists choose wider tables to accommodate larger clients. Practicing proper body mechanics should be top of mind always.
Massage tables, on average, adjust in height from 18 to 33 inches. Your chosen core modalities will determine the necessary height of the table. Additionally, client size will also factor in to choosing the proper height of your table. Be sure to properly adjust the height for the needs of both you and your client to prevent injury. The need for adjustability is one very compelling reason to consider a lift table, as the adjustments are infinitely easier, and can be done with the client on the table.
What are some common features that are must-haves in a massage therapy table?
- Working weight of 400 lbs or greater
- Dual articulating headrests that enable greater flexibility for head positioning
- Double or triple density foam bases, as these are historically longer-lasting and provide greater comfort
- Reliable and strong hinges. Piano hinges or full-length hinges are preferred
- Dual-wheel knobs on the legs add a layer of safety for the client, and help protect against the liability of a single wheel knob being loose and the table dropping the client.
Tips for those on a budget?
Buy the best possible table you can afford. There are many good options on the market at affordable prices like the Earthlite Harmony DX. Be wary of too-good-to-be-true pricing, typically less than $150; although economically attractive, these types of tables are most suitable for at-home consumer use and unlikely to withstand the rigors a professional therapist will put it through. When considering a used table, be certain to ensure it has been properly cared for. Please note, most second-hand tables will no longer have a manufacturer’s warranty to protect your purchase.
What factors should I consider when shopping for mobile massage equipment? What about a massage chair?
In years past, the weight of a table was of huge importance. This has changed with the invention of the massage table cart. Look for a cart that is easy to use, easy to store, and has strong wheels and axles. Utilizing a cart is a great way to save your back, avoid injury, and opens a wider array of tables for you to choose from.
Massage chairs vary greatly and should be chosen based on intended use. If you are only looking for a chair to be used at events on occasion, then you won’t need to invest in a full-feature chair. Instead consider a lightweight, easy-to-transport chair, averaging 14-20 lbs in weight. If you are planning to incorporate chair massage as the main body of your business, then consider a plusher, heavier weight chair with greater adjustment options, sternum pads, and higher working strength to ensure client comfort.
What are the most common questions you get from massage therapists shopping for a table?
Most often, people often agonize over the color choice. In most cases, your clients will likely not see the table itself as it will be covered with accessories and linens; however our best advice is to choose the color that makes YOU happy. If you like vibrant purple, then go with it! Other popular questions include those surrounding warranty limitations and ease of operation. Be sure to review each manufacturer’s warranty closely as they will differ from brand to brand. Most portable massage tables operate similarly; however, there are many options when it comes to lifts. We listen to the client, ask them about their preferences, and then use our expertise and experience to match the client with several options to meet their needs.
How much weight does a portable massage table hold?
Portable massage tables typically hold a working weight, or the combined weight of the client and the amount of downward pressure applied during treatment, of 500 to 600 pounds.
How can I make my portable table more comfortable?
To create a relaxing bed for your clients, layering is key. Start with a massage table with generous built-in padding and consider adding layers of comfort.
- Fleece Table & Face Cradle Padding or Table Warmer
- Quality Massage Table Sheet Set and Face Cradle Cover
- Blanket for Covering Client
Other considerations such as essential oils and diffusers, music, and dim lighting also lend to the overall aesthetic and experience.