A massage is a wonderful gift, or it can be a great therapeutic remedy. Some people use massage as a getaway, somewhere where they can be in a quiet place enjoying the gentle hands of the masseuse. Others have musculoskeletal issues they seek relief from through massage. Whatever the reason for the massage, a client wants to feel good when lying on the massage table.
The simplest, least-expensive massage tables are flat, and they usually have a hole or gap for the head, but that’s the only ergonomic consideration. For the youthful or uninjured client, this will suffice, but it does not reflect the purpose of the massage, which is total body comfort.
Adjustments are necessary to take pressure off stressed areas or make room for body parts such as the backside or breasts. Without the ability to adjust the table, clients must lie flat, and after a 30-minute massage, they may be in more pain than they were to begin with.
Using an adjustable table while in supine (on your back) position allows for stress relief for injured backs and necks. Heads can be tilted, shoulders or spine lifted, and legs can be elevated to take pressure off the lumbar spine. It’s all about reducing pressure, so the massage can be more effective. Additionally, shoulders can be lifted to get better access to injured areas.
While a client is in prone position (on his or her tummy), adjustable tables can make a huge different for men and women with a large amounts of breast tissue. By lowering the chest-height section of the table, compression is reduced and comfort restored.
Adjustable tables come in electric, pneumatic, and hydraulic varieties. Most are a combination of electric and either pneumatic or hydraulic. There are portable pneumatic tables with foot pumps and quick releases, enabling the masseuse to make adjustments on any size of client quickly and quietly.
It’s easy to settle for a bare bones massage table, and they are definitely less expensive, but clients will not get the same relief from the experience. The money saved will be lost in lack of repeat business by customers who need additional support and adjustment. Customers on adjustable beds may get a quality massage the likes of which they’ve never had, and they will become loyal customers.
In the long run, an adjustable table is essential in this industry in order to retain clients a give great massages.