If you’re brand new to the profession of massage therapy and just starting out on your own after months of schooling, you might have an idea of what to look for in a massage table already. Your first instinct might be to go with what you practiced on at college. After all, they suited your needs while you were there, so why not? While great for newbies, buying a massage table of high quality will provide you with a long lasting product and happily returning clients. First, take the time to decide whether or not you want a stationary table or a portable table. Maybe you’d really like one that adjusts to the customers needs, or even having a simple massage chair is more your speed. There are seriously so many different styles that it’s almost overwhelming.
Portable Vs Stationary
Portable tables are very convenient, I must say. They allow you to go anywhere much easier than if you had a stationary table. They’re often a lot cheaper and lighter as well, adding to the convenience, but that does’t mean they’re perfect for everyone. If you can see yourself going to clients instead of having them come to you, this is definitely an option to consider. Just be sure that before you buy, you check all the specs. Some tables wont be able to carry the weight of a heavier body and the cushioning can be thinner as well. A good 2 1/2″ to 3″ of padding should be enough.
Stationary tables have a plethora of features and can be customized to your specifications. You can add different kinds of face cradles and even storing compartments both underneath and on the sides. Because these tables aren’t meant to be moved around, they’re more durable and the padding is a lot thicker. However, they are a lot more expensive, especially when looking for one of high quality. If you’re going to be running your business out of your home or in a clinic, going stationary might be worth looking into. Keep in mind though that between these two options, the kind of massage you will be performing could be better for one or the other. Certain methods will require a stronger, more stable surface, like deep tissue massage. If you’re going to be using hot stones and gentle massages, portable should be just fine.
Aside from finding a worthy product, making sure you know what dimensions to look for is crucial. There are different sizes and every body is different from the next but there are standard fit for most people. If you think you’ll be doing work on shorter, thinner people, using a slighter table will be easier to navigate but if your clientele is of a larger stature, perhaps something a bit wider and longer will be better. This is an exciting time in your life as a new massage therapist. A reliable, well constructed table will help you in putting your best foot forward, while building a consistent customer base.