5 Tips to Buying a Massage Table
The massage table is the first and foremost equipment that a student or professional in massage therapy must
have. There are many types of massage therapies and all of these are carried out most comfortably on a massage
There are many manufacturers offering a variety of massage
table designs, each with its own model. Because of this it can make buying such tables somehow confusing even
to those who have been doing this for some time.
Buying a massage table should not be done haphazardly because the right table needs to make the client feel
comfortable during the therapy session but should also make the therapist feel equally comfortable as he or she
applies any form of massage.
The therapist should also consider his or her comfort when buying tables because this is his or her bread and
butter. Besides when the therapist is not comfortable, this will affect the way he or she applies pressure, which
in the long run translates to an ineffective therapy session.
Before a therapist buys a table, there are 5 points that he or she has to put
into consideration first:
1. Strength and stability is very important because the therapist will be using the table on a variety of
clients in a variety of shapes and sizes after all no one wants the table to suddenly collapse in the middle of a
The would be user should see to it that the table does not sway when heavier clients lie on it or when pressure
is applied on a client thus the therapist should choose tables that can carry up to 500 pounds of weight. Another
consideration is that the material used to construct the table should be top quality material only.
Now if the user is considering a table for portable massage, he or she should buy a lightweight table that can
still support heavy weight. Many massage practitioners are of the opinion that the maximum carrying capacity of
portable table should be between 22 and 30 pounds.
2. The type of massage that the therapist masters on should also be a consideration when purchasing tables as
there are plenty of tables that are designed for specific types of massage, just as there are many types of
massage covers for these tables.
In pregnancy massage the table should have recesses for the breasts and abdominal supports that can be easily
adjusted. If the therapist engages in sports massage the best table is one that has a thicker tabletop and extra
supports in the middle of the table.
To be able to save money on the purchase, one should consider buying a table where he or she can perform more
than one type of massage.
3. The frequency of use is another factor to consider when one is planning to buy a massage table. Mind you, not
only are therapists the only one who can consider purchasing this type of table, an ordinary individual can opt to
buy one for personal use.
When the usage is personal and only occasionally, then there is no need to shell out lots of money however this
does not mean that the table should lack in quality. On the other hand, if the usage is frequent then one should
invest in one with more to offer.
4. Adjustability and width are other factors to be considered. The table should be height adjustable so that the
therapist can easily lower or raise the table to his or her comfortable height level.
Of course width is an important consideration too and is entirely up to the user. If the table is narrow there will
be easier access however if the table is wide the client will be more comfortable lying face down.
5. Lastly, in buying a table it is important that the would-be user is familiar with the customer service and
warranty that is being offered by the seller. The former is important for instance in those times when your table
needs servicing and what you are going to use for the meantime.
A high quality massage table comes with good craftsmanship and is designed to last for a long time thus most
often it will be covered with warranty. The warranty should clearly stipulate what happens when the table needs
repair and or replacement.