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Choosing the Right Size Massage Table

Massage tables come in different sizes and it’s vital that you pick the size that is comfortable for your clients and right for you. As a massage therapist, you must be cognizant of your body mechanics

Oakwood tables are hand-made to order from OneTouch

Oakwood tables are hand-made to order from OneTouch

because prolonged use of your massage table can cause injury or discomfort over time. While most tables come in a 28-inch width, you can get 30-inch massage tables too.

When considering the width of your table, opt for the wider table if you have many overweight clients or athletes who may be bigger. This will give them the added feeling of security and comfort. If you offer massage modalities that include moving arms and legs, then the wider table is also a better option.

Consider your body mechanics when selecting a table. Of course you should get a massage table with an adjustable height so you can maintain your posture and alignment. The same goes for massage table width; if you are on the shorter side, don’t select a wider table that will require you to stretch.

If you need to work with a narrower massage table, but have larger clients, opt for a table with side arm extensions. This will enable you to accommodate your body mechanics without compromising your client’s comfort.

Narrower tables also weigh less, so if you do house calls, be sure to factor that into your decisions.

Oakworks One Portable Massage Table Package

The Oakworks One is a premium quality portable massage table at a budget-conscious price point. This high quality massage table is the perfect table for students, or professionals on a budget. With many details and features of other Oakworks professional massage tables you can be that this table will be in service for years. The Oakworks one table is also perfect for the massage client looking to add a portable massage table to their home spa or gym.

The One portabl table is built in the USA from the highest quality globally sourced materials. Premium features include a  3″ multi-layer, high-quality padding, Earth friendly TerraTouch fabric deck, a Face Rest outlet on both ends of the table, and patented UniLock Closure System. An adjustable face rest platform with Aero-cel™facerest crescent, Essential carry case, and an arm hammock are included at no extra charge.

Features:

  • Built in the USA
  • CFC Free 3″ Multi-Layer Top
  • Earth Friendly Terra Touch Upholstry
  • Adjustable Face Rest and Cushion
  • Carry Case
  • Arm Hammock
  • Shiatsu Cables
  • Face rest holes at both ends of table
  • Dimensions: 30″ x 73″
  • Height range: 24″-34″
  • Weight 35 lbs

Massage Table Foam Thickness Guidelines

When choosing a massage table, one of the most important considerations is the thickness and kind of foam you want. Here you have to compromise between the comfort of your clients

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Use a massage table with 2-inch foam for deep tissue massage techniques,

and the kinds of massage techniques you would like to employ.

When foams are thicker, they provide more comfort for your clients, but they don’t provide the firmness required for deep tissue techniques. You will have to work harder and press down more in order to penetrate deep into the tissue. Over time, this can result in injuries and stress on your thumbs and wrists.

If you only do massage for relaxation, spa treatments, pre-natal massage and other forms of gentle massage, consider using a massage table with a three-inch foam top.

Massage tables with thinner foam enable you to really apply the pressure you need for effective deep tissue, trigger point or sports massage. If you only do deep tissue or sports massage, then consider a table with two-inch foam.

If you engage a variety of techniques in your massage practice, you can still choose a two-inch foam massage table with an option of foam on top like a foam egg crate or a layer of memory foam.

Always choose high-density foam which won’t break down with use.

Deluxe II Series Portable Massage Table Black

The OneTouch Deluxe II Series Portable Massage Table is a value version of our standard Deluxe Series massage tables. This fully featured student massage and spa table package is designed with students and home users in mind. The Deluxe II Model Massage Table is precision-crafted with premium hardwood legs and supports. This feature rich table has a full 2 inches of high-density luxury padding with an ultra-soft PU cover to ensure a more comfortable massage experience. The full square style back lift is adjustable in 10 positions up to 80 degrees for pre-natal massage or spa and facial treatments.

This massage table package includes a standard accessory kit with a forward arm rest shelf, an adjustable and removable face cradle, face cradle pad, and side arm extenders. We also include a convenient, zippered carry case at no extra charge. A 5 Year Warranty is standard with this massage table.

Features:

  • Portable Massage Table
  • Sustainable Hardwood Construction
  • 500 lb Weight Capacity
  • Face Cradle and Pad Included
  • Side Arm Extenders Included
  • 2 Inch Luxury Foam Padding
  • Adjustable Height from 24 to 37 Inches
  • 72″ Long x 28″ Wide (Table Only)
  • 36″ Long x 28″ Wide x 8″ Thick (Folded)
  • Premium Carry Handle
  • Full Back Lift
  • Table Case Included
  • 33 lb Base Table Weight (35 lb with Accessories)
  • Black Color Only

 

Choosing the right Massage Table for your Practice

The most important piece of equipment you will select for your massage practice is the massage table. Choosing the right table is essential for your comfort and for the comfort of your

Portable Massage Table

OneTouch Deluxe Portable Massage Table

client. Always buy the best massage table you can afford as it’s a wonderful investment in your practice and will augment your massage technique. Make the right choice for you based on the kinds of massage techniques you use.

Deep Tissue and Sports Massage

These methods require pressure to work deeply into tissue and muscle. It’s recommended that you consider a table with 2-inch or 2 ½-inch padding as this will require less pressure from you to achieve the same results.

As a massage therapist, you must consider the long-term effect on your hands and thumbs from having to apply pressure, so you want to opt for the table with thinner foam. Firmer tables will help you and your clients to get the most out of these kinds of massages.

Portable Massage Tables

If you are going to massage your clients in the comfort of their own homes or you take your massage table to sporting events, consider an aluminum frame table which is durable and lightweight. Ensure that you have a massage table that is strong enough to accommodate athletes while durable enough to withstand travel. Get a great selection of portable massage tables here.

Swedish Massage and Stone Massage

These gentler massage techniques focus on your client’s comfort. They are centered on relaxation and require less pressure than other methods. For this reason, consider a 3-inch thick padding to maximize comfort and for a more luxurious feel.

Reiki

Always opt for a table with end plates which allow you to comfortably sit alongside the massage table. Consider the materials carefully; wood absorbs energy while metal conducts it.

OneTouch Stationary Massage Table

This stationary massage table is solidly built for client safety and long table life. The elegant design and beautiful hardwood construction will add a professional touch to any treatment room. This massage table comes with a 3″ deck pad with ultra-soft upholstery, rounded corners, adjustable height legs, and an aluminum face cradle. The legs are recessed at the sides and ends for maximum stability and working room. A standard full-length shelf provides convenient storage space for towels, linens, and other massage accessories.

 

How to Choose a Portable Massage Table

Choosing the right massage table is one of the most important choices you will make for your massage practice. Getting high quality tables that will last is a great way to ensure that your clients are comfortable and safe during their visit to your practice. Here are some tips on how to choose the right portable massage table for you.

How will you use the table?

Are you selecting a portable table so you can store it to make use of the space or do you intent to offer a home service? If you will be carrying the table to your car and up the stairs of your customer’s home, then weight is the most important factor to consider. You want a table that is robust and safe, but you must be able to comfortably lift and carry it. When choosing

Portable Massage Table

OneTouch Aspire Portable Massage Table with Memory Foam

the right table for you, try lifting the table and carrying it around to see if you can do so comfortably.

Consider the kinds of massage you do

If you are doing deep tissue massage, you need to compromise on the weight to get a tablet hat is sturdier so that it doesn’t rock when you are working. If you still want portability, consider getting a portable massage table without the arms or other extensions that you don’t use. If possible, try to get a 25 inch wide table rather than the 30 inch wide table to reduce weight.

Budget

Of course one of the most important factors is your budget. Once you have the right weight and make, use any wiggle room in your budget to get a good quality cover and linens to add to the comfort factor for your clients.

OneTouch Massage Portable Massage Tables

OneTouch Massage offers a wide selection of portable massage tables for massage therapy professionals who demand quality & durability as well as value & versatility. We also offer an array of massage tables from other top brands, such as Stronglite, Earthlite and NRG.

Why buy a Portable Massage Table?

If you are interested in massage therapy and enhancing the lives of others by touch, you are in the right place. Massage therapy is an ever growing and expanding service industry. Mobile massage has become a great way for massage therapists to expand beyond the setting of the “massage office”. With a portable massage table, a therapist can travel to a client’s residence and provide all the amenities of traditional massage within a familiar environment. With other tools like aromatherapy and essential oils, the client can feel like they’ve just laid down at the spa. A portable massage table can provide the foundation for a thriving mobile massage business.

Portable Massage Table

OneTouch Deluxe Portable Massage Table

Why?

The answer is simple. Massage therapists can better market themselves if they offer a mobile service. Culture demands speed and convenience. A portable massage table allows a therapist to fulfill both of these needs. In this way, the client is receiving a service that might not have been experienced if the client had to drive to a massage office.

A second reason for mobile massage and purchasing a portable massage table would be the cost savings of maintaining your massage therapy business. The advantage that mobile massage holds over traditional massage is the venue. With the standard venue of traditional massage, there are extra costs for utilities and rent. Making your massage therapy mobile keeps these costs down while providing equivalent service. The price point of the portable tables is also attractive to keep start-up costs down.

The size of a portable massage table makes it quite compact. This makes it very easy for travel. If you do happen to work out of a small office, you may not have room for the size of a traditional massage table. Purchasing a portable table would allow you to easily fold and store it when not in use.

Portable Massage Table

Looking to start your mobile massage business? Or just looking for a portable massage table? Check out our selection of tables from Earthlite, Stronglite, NRG, and OneTouch Massage. We have solutions for every price point! Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 U.S.

How to Choose the Best Massage Table for You

Looking for a portable massage table as a student or as a replacement for your current table? There are a few things you’ll want to consider before making your decision on which massage table to buy.

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Use these tips to choose the best massage table for your needs.

1. Strength & Stability.

If you’re tempted to buy a cheap massage table just for the price, take a step back and ask yourself if the quality is up to your standards. You need to be able to feel confident that the massage table will hold your clients—no matter their size—without swaying, cracking, or collapsing under the weight.

Check the working weight and static weight load limit to make sure they will fit your needs. Note that if you’re doing a more vigorous type of bodywork, such as deep tissue massage, you’ll be putting your table under a higher working load.

2. Types of Bodywork

Certain types of bodywork require certain features for your massage table. If you perform Reiki or energy work, look for a massage table with high end plates that allow you to slip your legs underneath the table at either end. If you do shiatsu as well as other forms of massage, look for a massage table with a shiatsu release cable so that you can lower the mat to the floor.

You might also want certain accessories to make your clients more comfortable or give you better access to tissue and muscles. A headrest is a given for most massage therapists. A forward arm rest gives your clients a place to rest their arms in front. Side arm rests make clients feel safer on the table and allow them to rest their arms comfortably at their sides.

3. Width and Dimensions

Width and dimensions are about ergonomics as well as your clients’ comfort. The massage table should be narrow enough to allow you to reach across without compromising your body mechanics. It should also be wide enough to ensure that your clients feel safe and comfortable on the table. Make sure you can lower or raise the table to the correct height for proper body mechanics.

4. Comfort

The massage table padding should be thick enough and durable enough for your clients to lie comfortably on the table for the entire massage session. Some types of bodywork require a firmer surface.

Keep in mind that if the massage table padding doesn’t feel thick enough, you can always add a fleece cover or egg crate foam for extra padding.

5. Weight

If you will need to carry your portable massage table anywhere, you’ll want to consider the weight of the table. Is it light enough to carry the distance you’ll need to carry it? If you transport your massage table often, you’ll definitely want a lightweight massage table. Another option is to use a massage table cart, which allows you to roll the table rather than carry it over your shoulder.

Portable Massage Tables

Looking for a student massage table or a professional portable massage table? Check out our selection of tables from Earthlite, Stronglite, NRG, and OneTouch Massage. Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 U.S.

Massage Table Buying Guide for Students

Student massage table package

Look for a student massage table package that includes all the table accessories you need.

If you’re in massage school, no doubt you’ll want to get your own massage table so that you can practice on family and friends. As a student, price is probably one of your main concerns, but there are other points you should consider as well.

1. Portable vs. Stationary Massage Tables

If you’re a massage student, you most likely want to look for a portable massage table. While stationary tables are meant to stay in the treatment room, portable massage tables allow you to easily carry the table from one place to another. This allows you to practice at home, at a friend’s house, or at school with your own massage table.

If you plan to carry your massage table around frequently, pay attention to the weight when searching for a table. The lighter the massage table, the easier it will be to carry around. Aluminum massage tables are the most lightweight option.

2. Massage Table Width

The width of the massage table should support proper posture. A table that’s too wide will require you to reach too far across the table, which can compromise your body mechanics. Choose a massage table that is narrow enough for you ergonomically but wide enough to make your clients feel comfortable. For the best of both worlds, choose a narrow massage table with side arm extenders. Your clients will have more room to rest their arms, and you’ll still be able to get in close to the client without reaching.

3. Client Comfort

Besides table width, the padding on your massage table is what matters most in making your clients feel comfortable. Since your clients will be lying on the table for 30-90 minutes, the padding should be thick enough to allow them to rest comfortably for that period of time.

Even if your table padding is not thick enough for your taste, you can always add more padding later with an egg crate foam pad, a fleece table cover, and/or a massage table heating pad.

Be careful not to add too much padding if you focus on deeper work, such as trigger point massage or sports massage. Some modalities require a firmer work surface with less “give” to it.

4. Accessories

An all-in-one massage table package can save you money over buying your accessories separately. Most massage table packages include an adjustable headrest, forward arm rest, and a carry bag. Some packages also include side arm extenders.

5. Warranty / Customer Service

The warranty period on your massage table should give you an idea of how durable the table is. Read the warranty for fine print. Some warranties do not cover issues such as upholstery wear and tear, so make sure you know what’s covered and what’s not before you buy.

The customer service experience is an important issue as well, since if there’s a problem with your order or you need to make a warranty claim, these are the same folks you’ll be dealing with then. A positive customer service experience means that you’ll likely have good service in the future as well.

Student Massage Tables

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Choosing a Portable Massage Table

Portable massage table

This portable massage table comes with a backrest lift.

Ready to buy your first portable massage table? Since a massage table is the most important piece of equipment you’ll buy, it’s important to know what you need in a massage table for your clients and for yourself.

Table Weight

Will you be carrying your massage table to other locations? If so, check the total weight of the table. If you don’t carry your table very far or very often, you can get by with a heavier, sturdier table. But if you travel often, you’ll want a lightweight massage table. Aluminum is lighter than wood—and strong enough to withstand regular use.

Width

The table dimensions are important for two reasons: (1) your body mechanics, and (2) your clients’ comfort. The massage table’s width affects your body mechanics. If the table is too wide, you can strain your body by reaching too far. If the table is too narrow, your clients might not feel safe or comfortable enough to relax.

Padding

The type of padding and thickness varies. You can choose from high-density foam, memory foam, and a combination foam of several densities. Thicker padding is more comfortable for clients, but if you do sports massage or similar therapeutic techniques, you might want a firmer table. You can always add more padding as needed with egg crate foam and a fleece cover.

Extras

This is where your massage table becomes more specific to your needs. The type of work you do will determine whether you need a shiatsu cable release, a backrest lift, Reiki end plates, or other features. You can also customize your massage table with a built-in face hole, side arm extenders, a length extender, or a specialized face cradle, among other features.

Do I Need a Stationary or Portable Massage Table?

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A portable massage table is lightweight and mobile.

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.

Massage Students: Choosing Massage Table Equipment

Owning your own portable massage table gives you more chances to practice.

Owning your own portable massage table gives you more chances to practice.

When you’re paying for massage school, chances are that you don’t have a whole lot of money left over for buying massage equipment. Yet owning your own portable massage table gives you more chances to practice your new skills.

Rent, Borrow, or Buy?

Every massage program requires hands-on practice, and most require practice outside of the classroom. Owning a massage table lets you get in all of your practice hours when it’s convenient for you, without the need to plan ahead by renting or borrowing equipment. It also means you don’t have to compromise your body mechanics by using a bed or table to massage your friends and family.

If you don’t have the budget to buy a massage table just yet, use this time to try out as many different types of massage tables as you can, either by renting from your massage school or borrowing from other therapists and students. This will help you figure out what to look for when it comes time to buy your own.

How Much Should I Spend?

If funds are tight (as they are for most massage students), you may be thinking about buying a cheap starter table and upgrading later on, when you’ve had a chance to generate some income and get a better sense of which direction you’re headed.

Before investing in a higher end massage table, it helps to know what types of massage you plan to specialize in. For example, Reiki requires higher end plates that allow you to fit your knees under the table. Raised end plates are also handy for reflexology or hand and foot massage. If you plan to do a lot of outcalls, you’ll want to look for a lightweight aluminum massage table. For spa treatments and facials, you may want to consider a massage table with a backrest lift.

Before you drop a wad of cash on what you consider the Cadillac of massage tables, do some research on what is available. You may be surprised to find that you can get a better massage table for less money than you thought possible.