If you're looking to begin or expand a massage service in your spa, how do you go about choosing the best tables to purchase? There are lots of things to keep in mind when you're browsing the many selections available. Here's our guide for what to consider when shopping for your new massage table. You'll first need to determine where in your spa you plan to set up your massage area. How much space do you have to work with? What else needs to be in the room? Answering these questions ahead of time will allow you to immediately disqualify any massage equipment that's too large for the location you have available to you. You also need to choose a table that is wide enough to allow your clients to feel comfortable but narrow enough that you can safely reach across it without injury. Take into account whether or not the table has an adjustable height so that your massage therapists can raise and lower it appropriately.

Functionality and comfort:

What kinds of bodywork do you plan on using your massage table for? If you have therapists who specialize in shiatsu, you'll want a table that has a shiatsu release cable for lowering the mat to the floor. For example, you'll need one with space for your legs to fit under both ends. How much padding does your table need to have? A thicker pad offers more comfort for clients, but if you do sports massage, for example, your choice might be for a more firm table. Think about accessories that could add to your client's comfort as well. You'll almost certainly need a headrest, and you might consider a forward armrest and side armrests as well.

Weight and stability:

Consider any moving that will need to occur when deciding on a table. If you'll need to carry it anywhere, you need a lightweight table or a cart for transporting a heavier one. But don't forget that you also need a high-quality table that offers stability for your clients no matter their weight. Don't get a cheap table that could collapse under your clients.

Once you've considered these factors, you should be able to confidently choose the right massage table for your business and you'll know that you've given the decision the appropriate thought your clients deserve.