If you’re just starting out as a massage therapist, purchasing a portable massage table is one of the first pieces of equipment you’ll need. Once you find the right table, you may want to invest in a few massage table accessories to enhance your clients’ comfort and positioning.
Which accessories do I need for my massage table?
Depending on how you like to position your clients on the massage table, you might find it helpful to have a few accessories. A headrest is the most common accessory—most therapists can’t imagine giving a massage without one. The headrest keeps the client’s body aligned on the table, prevents neck strain, and makes the client more comfortable when lying face down.
Some therapists also prefer to use a forward arm rest. Having the client’s arms resting forward provides better access to certain parts of the upper back and shoulders.
If your massage table is too narrow for some clients to fit comfortably, you can add side arm extenders. They either fit in holes at the side of your massage table (if your table has them) or strap around the body of the massage table. The client’s arms rest on the arm extenders so that they feel more secure on the table. At the same time, you can keep the table width narrow enough to maintain proper body mechanics.
Other optional accessories include massage bolster pillows for positioning your client comfortably on the table, fleece table covers or table warmers for extra padding and warmth, and a carry bag for transporting your portable massage table. If you move your massage table often, you may also want to invest in a table cart.
How do I make sure the accessories will fit my massage table?
Unless the accessory is designed specifically to fit your massage table model, it’s a good idea to measure for certain accessories before making a purchase. A massage table headrest is probably the most complex item to measure.
You’ll need to make sure that the distance between the rods will fit the distance between the headrest holes on your massage table, and you’ll need to make sure the rod circumference will fit neatly inside the holes. If the rods are much smaller than the holes, your headrest will not be as secure, and if the rods are too large, they won’t fit inside the holes.
What is the difference between different types of headrests?
Massage table headrests are available in two general categories: fixed and adjustable. Fixed headrests do not adjust up or down. Once you attach the headrest to the table, it’s fixed in position.
Adjustable headrests allow you to adjust the angle and height of the face cradle for each client. Most therapists prefer an adjustable headrest, since it allows them to position each client individually on the massage table, depending on their needs and how their body lies on the massage table.
Premium headrests are also available. Some come with an ergonomic design, a memory foam face pad, more flexible adjustment options, and other premium features.
Massage Table Accessories
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