What You Need to Know When Buying a Massage Table

By: Rory H. Hawkins

Let me explain why these five things are the most important when shopping for a portable massage table. Price tends to be everyone's primary focus, and for good reason. In the world today, more and more people are becoming conscious of the growing issue of cost and its effect on our pocketbook.

Portable massage tables can be very expensive. In my research the lowest price I was able to find that had any type of quality to it was the Harmony 2 package designed by Earthlite. This package comes with an excellent 2-year warranty against any defects. The package itself contains a portable massage table, a one level adjustable headrest, and a protective case. The cost for this package is $299 with free shipping to anywhere within the continental United States.

For all professional massage therapists the client comfort is to be the number one consideration for any portable massage table. The added features are what can make the big difference in price between one model and another. The more foam within the table will give it a much a softer feel. However, the type of foam is just as important for determining long-term durability. For example, very soft foam will mean that it could contain a lot of air. Air will settle with continued use. Therefore, it is best to have foam that is more durable at the very top of the layers. When you add a fleece pad to your massage table, this is like adding one inch of foam and thus adds more comfort for your client.

When you are buying a portable massage table, you want to feel that it will last even under severe conditions. Most table manufacturers today use what is called the cable-lock system in their construction, this provides the needed strength to support the table even when a heavier person is using it, and when applying strong pressure or rocking techniques. Examine the warranty offered; the better models will carry a lifetime warranty against defects within the workmanship and materials. I suggest you look carefully at the various aspects of the construction of the table. Look at the type of wood used during construction, it should be a very sturdy type of wood, also consider the type of plywood used for the platform. I suggest looking at how the massage table is assembled as well, assuring full support no matter the circumstances.

Most of the tables are sold in the standard 30" width and wider. The width of the portable massage table you need will greatly depend on how you intend to use it. If you are primarily stationary and do not have the need to move very often, a 32" table will give more comfort to the client. However, this will also add more weight and bulk, making its portability less likely.

The final item to consider is weight. This is perhaps one of the most important factors when shopping for a portable massage table. This is another area in which the usage of the massage table comes in. If it is going to be used in one location with maybe an occasional house call, or if you intend on doing primarily house calls, where you need a lightweight table that you can carry around easily and will store in your car, the weight will vary.

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Rory H. Hawkins writes about massage tables and other stimulating topics. For more information on buying a massage table visit us today.

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