So you bought a brand new massage table: what’s the next step?
Investing in one or many sets of massage sheets will extend the lifespan of your table significantly, protecting it from oils, sweat and stains, and make anyone who’s lying down on your table a whole lot more comfortable. It can be daunting to know where to start, however, and even if you’ve been buying sheets for years, you might not be an expert on different types of fabric.
Here’s a short guide to some of the most popular types of massage sheets!
Wonderfully soft, warm and affordable, flannel massage table sheets are classics. For most purposes, such as home use, these sheets will meet all the massage enthusiast’s most important needs: they’re very comfortable, easy to clean, and won’t make a dent in your budget. Lierre’s flannel sheets are made of 100% cotton, making them extra comfortable, but other brands sometimes use a polyester/cotton blend. Massage therapists with a heavy volume of clients, however, may want a more durable fabric, and they can be a bit too warm during the hot summer months: jersey and percale sheets, then, might be a better option.
Heavy duty, durable jersey massage sheets are great for practitioners that need to change their sheets often. They don’t stain easily, and can be washed repeatedly without showing their age: this material doesn’t pill or run, and it doesn’t wrinkle easily. Much like your favourite t-shirt, this fabric is comfortable, warm and soft, but it won’t make your clients sweat. Serious practitioners should consider opting for Lierre’s 100% cotton jersey sheets if they feel that flannel is too flimsy: though ever so slightly more expensive, these sheets will pay back for themselves due to their increased longevity.
The most breathable fabric used for massage sheets, percale is cool to the touch, and doesn’t retain too much heat while still keeping you warm in the winter. This very finely woven fabric won’t pill or run, and can stand multiple washings. If you love bamboo sheets but don’t want to spend the extra money, percale is a marvellous alternative. Lierre’s percale massage sheets are available in both 80% cotton, 20% polyester and 50% cotton, 50% polyester: while cotton tends to breathe easier, synthetic fibres ensure that the sheets don’t wrinkle as much, and both blends combine the best of both worlds.
Bamboo. Becoming increasingly popular, bamboo massage table sheets give off an aura of utter luxury, and it’s no wonder: silky soft to the touch, incredibly breathable and very durable, these table sheets will make your clients feel like a million bucks. They’re ideal for spa settings, high end clinic spaces, or for romantic massages at home.
Fleece. Extremely warm, fleece massage table sheets are great for professionals living in colder climates, but their heat retention may be too intense for warmer regions of the world.
Microfiber. Very soft, these synthetic sheets won’t shrink, and they fare overall better than many synthetic blends in terms of longevity; however, they may start to pill after a few washes.
Muslin. A plain cotton weave! These massage table sheets tend to be the cheapest option, but they don’t last as long as jersey cotton sheets, and they aren’t as comfortable as flannel. In our opinion, it’s often worth the extra few dollars to invest in another type of sheet.
Cover photo: “Inside of Flannel,” by kelly.