A portable massage table can be moved from one location to another, which comes in handy for mobile therapists and massage students. A stationary massage table, on the other hand, gives your office a more spa-like atmosphere. Listed below are some of the benefits and drawbacks to both portable and stationary massage tables.
Portable Massage Tables
A portable folding massage table is your best option if you value the ability to take your massage table with you wherever you go. A portable table is light enough to carry and folds in half for a more compact size that fits in the trunk or back seat of your vehicle. The more often you carry your table, the lighter you want the table to be. If you have back problems or cannot lift more than 30 pounds, use a massage table cart to transport your table. Some carts can even go up and down stairs.
A portable massage table comes in handy for massage therapists who travel frequently, visit clients at home or the office, prefer a lightweight table, and cannot afford a stationary table. Portable massage tables are popular because of their low cost and their flexibility for in-office and mobile appointments. Most new massage therapists start out with a portable massage table rather than a stationary table.
Stationary Massage Tables
A stationary massage table is designed for therapists who are established in their practice. They primarily offer massage in their own office, or they own a portable massage table that is used only for outcalls. With a stationary table, there is no hinge in the middle, which makes for a stronger table. The hinge is the weakest point in a portable massage table because of its tendency to flex under intense stress.
With a stationary massage table, weight doesn’t matter, since the table will never (or rarely) be moved. Manufacturers can use stronger materials, thicker foam, and a more stable leg construction without worrying about meeting a weight limitation. In addition, stationary tables can often hold a higher weight capacity, which is ideal for heavier, well-built clients.