Massage Tables & Chairs

Choosing the right massage tables and chairs is crucial for equipping your massage practice. Massage tables may be stationary or portable, depending on whether you work from a parlor or treat patients off-site at gyms or sports facilities. Features like height adjustment, table lifts and head supports extend the range of possible treatments. Portable massage chairs offer an alternative method of treatment, allowing massage therapists to practice chair massage to relieve back, arm and shoulder muscle tension and discomfort. This form of treatment is popular in the workplace, malls and other settings and has the advantage that patients don't need to remove clothing before treatment.

Choosing massage table size

When looking for a massage table, consider its size and construction. Table width generally varies from 23 inches through to more than 30 inches. Wider tables provide greater patient comfort while narrow ones allow better reach. Table length doesn't vary greatly but should be longer than your tallest patient. The height should let you reach your patient easily. A good guide is the working height should be approximately the same as the distance from your hands to the ground. Most tables include some form of height adjustment. Check the table's maximum load capacity. This should exceed your heaviest patient's weight comfortably. Also, stronger tables offer greater stability during therapy and when patients climb on or off.

Other key massage table features

Removable head and shoulder supports are important for therapy where the patient needs to lie on their face. Additionally, adjustable backs increase patient comfort during certain procedures. Deluxe massage tables generally have thicker foam, rounded edges and softer upholstery. Stationary tables often incorporate a storage shelf useful for storing equipment and massage consumables.

Portable massage chairs

Chair massage is an alternative form of therapy that's well suited to dealing with back, neck, head and arm injuries. In this instance, patients sit face forwards on the seat, allowing the therapist to work on their back. Massage chairs often incorporate more than one seating position and kneeling pads, allowing the therapist to adjust the patient's posture for different treatments. Additionally, massage chairs facilitate the use of personal massagers for treating muscle strain, tension and injury.

Difference between stationary and portable massage tables

Stationary massage tables generally have a robust construction that provides added strength and patient comfort. These tables often have a durable wooden frame, thicker cushioning and greater weight. Meanwhile, portable tables such as aluminum massage tables are considerably lighter and have a collapsible construction for disassembly for transport and storage. Some fold in two for easy portability. Check out the comprehensive range of massage supplies, massage tables and chairs at CeilBlue®, and select the right health care equipment for your massage practice.