As a massage therapist, understanding how to navigate and set up your portable massage table is paramount. A poorly arranged massage table can harm the client's overall experience, resulting in an unpleasant session they may share with others and hurt your reputation.
In comparison, a satisfied client is more likely to become an ambassador for your services and a catalyst for growth in this competitive industry.
Besides, taking the necessary time to set up your portable massage table correctly can also help you. At the correct height and angle, you're able to avoid muscular strain and injury. Therefore, it is crucial to prioritize the proper setup and use of your massage table for your and your clients' benefit.
Step 1: Adjust the Height of Your Portable Massage Table
To avoid straining your back, finding the right height for your portable massage table is essential. A good starting point is to stand with your palms parallel to the floor and adjust the table height to just below your palms. After that, take some time to experiment and find the most comfortable height for you. Once you have found your preferred height, lock the legs in place by fully tightening the knobs to keep the table secure and steady.
Many massage therapists forget to lock in the height. Those loose table height adjustment knobs lead to a shaky experience that can become dangerous. Not every instance poses a risk to your client, but it risks your reputation as a massage therapist to have your massage table shake while you're conducting a treatment.
Rather than use a standard working height for every client, consider lowering the table height when working with larger or taller individuals.
Adjusting your table to a comfortable height is vital to prevent fatigue and strain. Your clients can sense when you're comfortable; when you are, they can relax.
Step 2: Adjust the Headrest of Your Portable Massage Table
It is crucial to properly adjust the headrest to avoid strains on the client's neck and pressure on the face. The most effective way to learn how to make these adjustments is by lying on the massage table and experimenting with the settings to experience the differences for yourself.
Adjust the Height.
Avoid straining the neck and upper back by adjusting the headrest according to the client's body type. The headrest should be raised for thicker-chested clients, while for petite clients, consider lowering it — practice makes perfect, so you may want to test on colleagues of different body shapes and sizes.
Adjust the Angle of the Headrest
Next is the angle of the headrest. You should change the angle because most people's spines are not in perfect straight alignment. Therefore, it's important to match the headrest to a person's natural curve, which often involves tilting it downwards slightly.
Good headrests usually have a lever or remote (if you're using an electric massage table) that adjusts the height and angle, allowing you to find the most comfortable position before locking it in place.
Adjust the Width of the Headrest Pad
Adjust the Velcro-attached headrest pad to fit different face sizes. Widen the pad for larger faces and make it narrower for thinner faces.
Your hands and massage table are the only tools at your disposal, so take the time to guarantee your client's comfort. Doing this will make your job easier and guarantee you're always booked.
Step 3: Consider Your Massage Table
Rather than using a rickety portable massage table that may not be built to be comfortable for every client, consider getting an electric massage table.
These massage tables are far easier to adjust to each client's needs and preferences, making them the perfect companion for a qualified massage therapist.
You can adjust these massage tables with a click of a button before locking them in place at the desired height and angle. All the client feels is a gentle movement while the adjustment is made, rather than a rough adjustment that relies on your strength as a massage therapist.
These massage tables are also better for taller or larger clients, providing the same stability regardless of weight — they can often take up to 200kg (440 lbs).
Sonkly Company has patented and manufactured massage tables that make it easier for the massage therapist to focus on the experience rather than spending precious time adjusting and readjusting tables between each session.
These portable massage tables are also designed to improve the client's experience by making them feel pampered on the luxe faux leather massage beds with high-density foam.
You can customize these tables to suit the need and aesthetics of your spa or treatment facility to ensure your branding is cohesive.
Finding the perfect fit for you and your clients starts by searching the Sonkly Company catalog.