There are so many massage tables available on the market. Which one is the most suitable for you? What are you looking for the tables? Where you could find them? We would like to tell you all!
Your requirements for the massage table
As all of us known, there are plenty of massage tables available on the market. Most of them looks very similar to each other? What is the real differences between them? What factors should you look at when you choose a massage table? Should you purchase the same one as you use in school or in other clinics?
The very first thing you should know about is what is your main purposes of using the massage table? In other words, what is your profession when you use a massage table? Are you an acupuncturist, a massage therapist, a shitusa therapist, a reiki therapist, a physiotherapist, an osteopath, a spa or a salon professional?
This is the very first thing for you to consider when you choose your table. Because different tables have different functions, and you have to know what is your requirements for your professional practices?
For example, massage therapists need to have access to all different parts of the patients. That is to say, they have to choose a narrow a table. Acupuncturists do not have to get access to patients whole body, they can choose a wider table in order to maximise patients’ comfort. At the same time, Shitusa therapists require shitusa futon instead of massage tables. Beauty or salon professionals would have to get a table which clients could sit up and have consultation with them.
These are the most important factors-your requirements of the massage tables.
Who are your clients/patients?
After consider your professional practices. It is time to consider your patients and clients. Because the table is for them to lie down and accept treatments. Most of the time, they may have to lie on the table for at least 30 minutes. You would like to achieve maximum comfort for them while they are lying on the table. You do not want to your clients leave with a lot of complaints about your table, right?
If your clients are elder people, it is better for you to have a table which can be lower down for them to get on the table easier. At the same time, the table could be adjusted higher for you to do the practice as well.
If your clients are people with larger body, you need to get a larger table in order for them to fully lie down on the table and accept treatments comfortable.
If your clients are children, it is better for you to get smaller table. And don’t forget to get some cute decoration such as cute table sheets for your small clients. Because they are easy to separate their attention. You have to help them stay on the table.
Your practice habits
After considering your own requirements and your clients requirements. It is time for you to consider your habits.
What are your habits during your practice?
For example, which acupuncturists walk around the table a lot, they would like to have a round corner massage table. It will help them avoid hitting their knees on the table. While massotherapists and physiotherapists would prefer to have square corner massage table. They could put their massage and physio tools on the corner which makes it easier for them to access during their treatments.
Another great example would be, whether you are a move therapists which require you to bring all the tools and your table to different clinics and clients or you have your clinic and you do not have to move a lot. It will help you decide whether you need to get a portable massage table or a stationary massage table.
In general, stationary massage table are much more comfortable than portable massage tables. But when you are in school, most of the time, you will use portable massage tables, because they are easier for lecturer to move around and usually they are cheaper than stationary and electronic tables.
What the different tables?
And now, you have limit the scope of your choices for the massage table. It is time for you to know what are the table features on the market.
Normally, massage table suppliers would like to divide massage tables into 4 different types: portable massage table, stationary table, electronic massage table and shiatsu futon.
The shiatsu futon is made specifically for shiatsu practices.
As we mentioned before, if you are a moving therapists which requires to bring your table and other accessories all the way to the practice location. Portable massage table would be the most suitable choice for you.
For stationary and electronical massage table, they are very similar to each other but still different from each others.
The most obvious difference is that stationary table does not need electricity……hhhhhhh
Compare to portable table, stationary table is more comfortable and stable. The biggest advantage compare to portable tables is it is a really stable table. It has a thicker table legs. And it has a lower level for you to put accessories, massage oils or robes. At the same time, compare to electronic massage table, it is much lighter and easy for transportation. For therapists who have their own massage clinic and require high level of stability and maximise comfort. It would be a economical option. Since the price is much lower than electronic tables.
The last one we would like to discuss is electronic table. If you have a clinic, it would the best choice for you! Although it is the most expensive one among these three types. But it is the most convenient and comfortable one. You could adjust the height as low as 50cm for patients who have difficulties to move up and down. At the same time, you could adjust the height when your clients lie on the table. It helps you adjust the table to the most suitable height for your practice.
The disadvantage of electronic table is obvious too. It is heavy and expensive.
Where to find the tables?
The best way for you to find tables is definitely the local stores. You could feel the thickness and lie down on the table to try.
However, local store usually does not have the greatest prices and options for you. Another way is to try in your local stores and find it online to get the best prices.
Or you do some research online and to find the most suitable table by consulting other practitioners who have purchase the tables. Or you could consult the sales persons for the details you are looking for.
As there are lots of different massage table selling websites, which one is the best for you to choose?
If you would like just find a cheapest table, we would recommend amazon or ebay where you could find table for only $80.
If you would like to find a functional table with lower price. We would recommend Lierremedical. It has very good massage tables start from $179. At the same time, the table also includes a transportation bag which is really a plus.
If you would like find table with best warranty, we would recommend Earthlite. They have life time warranty.
As for electronic tables, lierremedical is definitely the best choice, because the price at lierre is the lowest for the same products.