If you're thinking about purchasing a portable massage table for your business or home use, it helps to have a general idea of what you want before shopping around. These tips for buying a portable massage table will give you a better idea of which features you should consider.

  1. Find the right comfort level.

  2. A combination of foam thickness and density will affect the comfort level of your massage table. High density and multi-density foam (which includes layers of high and medium densities) will retain their shape much better than low or medium density foam. High or multi-density foam padding provide the ideal balance of durability and comfort. Most foam ranges from 2 to 3 inches in thickness. The more thickness you add, the more comfort you get, but the heavier your table will be.

  3. Top it off with a quality vinyl cover.

  4. Polyurethane vinyl is the standard material used for massage table covers. The quality and softness of the vinyl may differ among manufacturers. Look for a table with 100% polyurethane vinyl. This material is environmentally friendly.

  5. Figure out if end plates matter.

  6. Unless you practice Reiki or other modalities that require a seated position, you may not need to worry about the end plate design of your massage table. If you want the option to sit with your legs under the table at the head or foot end, choose Reiki end plates, which are higher than the standard end plates to allow for extra leg room.

  7. Choose a quality headrest.

  8. The headrest, or face cradle, includes two parts: the face cradle pad and the attachment base. The posts on the base can be plastic, aluminum, or metal. Metal or aluminum posts are more durable than plastic. Also, look for a massage table face cradle that is fully adjustable with a cam locking mechanism.

  9. Choose a quality armrest.

  10. The different styles for armrests include a hinged shelf, a sling, and a hanging shelf with adjustable straps. Which armrest you choose depends on your personal preference and comfort.

  11. Consider the construction of the base.

  12. The base support and legs of your massage table falls into one of two categories: wood or aluminum. For most individuals, wood is more aesthetically pleasing than aluminum. If you plan to move your table often, however, keep in mind that aluminum is the lighter of the two materials. An aluminum portable massage table will make transporting your table that much easier.

  13. Find the right dimensions.

  14. The dimensions of your massage table depend largely on the body type and comfort of the client and therapist. A longer table, up to 77 inches, will accommodate taller clients. If your clients are smaller in stature, a shorter length may work just fine. The width of the table should be narrow enough to allow the massage giver easy access to the client. If the table is too wide, your body mechanics will suffer, which could result in injury. Shorter individuals generally prefer a narrow width, while taller individuals may find a slightly wider width more efficient. A width of 28 to 30 inches is a comfortable range for most therapists. The height range of the table should correspond to the height and body type of the therapist.

  15. Keep the weight down.

  16. If you plan to transport your massage table regularly, consider the weight of the table before you buy. If you don't mind moving a heavier table, weight may not be an issue, but if you move your table frequently or you have trouble lifting over 30 pounds, you may want to choose a lightweight portable massage table.

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