Massage & Bodywork

July/August 2012

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Wood or Metal? Kirsten Kayser of Colorado prefers a wood frame table. "The metal ones tend to squeak," she says. "I like my wooden one that I can oil whenever it needs it." If you're moving your table around frequently, though, you'll probably want a high quality metal frame table for the weight savings. "My first question is how much does it weigh?" says Tyler Goodman from Arizona. "As a therapist who primarily provides in-home massages, I move my table 5–10 times a day." Firm or Soft? If you mostly use techniques with a softer touch, like energy work or light relaxation massage, you should opt for more padding to increase the client's comfort. "When I work on clients who just want to relax, I want to ensure that they feel very comfortable lying on my massage table," says Jose Acevedo of California. However, if you practice techniques that require a lot of pressure, a highly padded table can hinder your work. Wide or Narrow? A wide table can be great for larger clients, but if you're short, it may be cumbersome to reach across the bigger table, which is bad for your body mechanics. Average table width is between 28" and 30". If you need a more narrow table, consider purchasing side-extendors for larger clients. "I was 52 when I started massage school. It became readily apparent that an electric lift table would be a necessity for me. Being able to raise and lower the table during a session helps me give a better massage and has been invaluable for my body." Connie Hubley, Maine "Don't forget to buy a full bolster—some packages include them and some do not. Also invest in a table cover. I poked a small hole in the top of my table while trying to put it in my car." Mary Heinz, Colorado Facebook Reader Poll WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION WHEN PURCHASING A MASSAGE TABLE? 44% 21% 14% 6% 6% 9% Adjustability Durability Comfort Cost Load capacity Weight "It's tempting to buy inexpensive equipment when you are just starting out, but remember that clients will notice, and they may create an opinion of your professionalism based on your equipment." Therese Schwartz, Oklahoma Make sure you connect with us to get your voice heard in next issue's Tell Me … @ABMPmassage mp Celebrate ABMP's 25th anniversary and you may win a refund on your membership. 21 tips & tricks

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