Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Portable Massage Table

You don’t need to be a professional therapist to enjoy the benefits of a reliable massage table.

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Look for a portable massage table that’s not only strong and comfortable but lightweight and easy to transport.BestMassage

A portable massage table is not just for professional therapists. It can be a medical necessity for in-home treatment or, better yet, a thoughtful gift to anyone who needs regular massage to sooth sore muscles, arthritic joints, or just to enhance overall well-being. Whether you are setting up shop to take on clients or just sharing the power of touch with a loved one, a massage table is a specialized piece of equipment that is as much a tool as it is a piece of well-crafted furniture. Here are three traits to consider before making a purchase.

Weight Capacity

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Massage tables aren’t just for therapists and can help anyone with sore muscles or joints stretch and relax.BestMassage

Deep-tissue massage requires a lot of pressure. Combine that with the patient’s body weight, and you need a platform capable of withstanding the stress. Look for a table with a “working load” of 300 pounds or more. The “static load” may be much higher and is an indication of how much resting weight can be supported when evenly spread over the table. Generally speaking, the working weight is the critical figure, and tables made of hardwood frames are a good bet for weight resistance and durability.

Folding Platform

EARTHLITE Portable Massage Table
A professional quality massage table will have a face cradle and be with durable yet soft material.EARTHLITE

Few people have the space to set up a massage table full time in their own home. That’s one reason folding tables are so popular. They’re simple to unpack, relatively lightweight, and don’t take up much space when stowed. For professional therapists who make house calls, a portable table is essential.

Client Comfort

Saloniture Professional Portable Folding Massage Table
A table that also let whoever is laying on it position their arms is especially comfortable.Saloniture

The two most important variables of comfort are the table’s cushioning and the face cradle. A buttery soft synthetic leather or similar upholstery covering 2 to 3 inches of plush foam offers a comfortable bed for the patient and a firm platform for working tissue deeply. The headrest should also be well padded and have multiple points of adjustment to get exactly the right support of the head, neck, and shoulders. Accessories that allow the patient to rest their arms in various positions are also a nice feature.