As a massage therapist, you likely wonder which equipment is the best for your business. Perhaps you have seen massage chairs and treatment tables and wondered if there was a benefit of one product over the other. Both massage chairs and treatment tables have benefits, so you will need to evaluate your business’s needs when choosing between these products.
Main Differences Between the Two
There are several main differences between massage tables and massage chairs. First, massage chairs can be portable, whereas massage tables are stationary for the most part. Portable tables do exist, but are not as common as portable chairs. Massage tables require patients to lie down in order to receive a massage. Massage chairs allow patients to receive massage therapy from a seated position. Finally, when you give a massage with a massage chair, you will not have to bend over quite as far as you will with a table.
Benefits of Massage Chairs
Massage chairs have many benefits over massage tables. They are far more portable than tables. Whether you are visiting a local fair or taking your business into corporate offices or malls, you can do this so much easier with a massage chair.
Also, massage chairs allow you to give a massage to someone while they are fully clothed. Some patients are uncomfortable removing their clothing for a massage, even though you handle the massage as a trained professional. With a massage chair, this is no longer an issue.
You will not have to bend over as far when you use a massage chair. This can make it easier on your back to give the massage. Sometimes bending over the massage table creates strain on your back, and this is limited somewhat with a massage chair.
Benefits of Massage Tables
Massage tables also have many benefits as well. Because clients usually remove their clothing to receive a massage on the table, you can use therapeutic oils to help the muscles relax. Also, you will have easier access to the major muscle groups with a table.
Some massage chairs, particularly portable ones, do not hold up well under the repeated strain that comes from multiple clients. Keep in mind that you may have some clients that are overweight, and your massage apparatus needs to be able to withstand this weight. Massage tables, particularly permanent ones, tend to be sturdier and can handle the stress of repeated usages much better than chairs.
Massage tables are made out of one main surface. This makes them easier to disinfect between clients. There are fewer crevices and folds in a massage table than in a massage chair.
Special Types of Massage Chairs
If you decide that massage chairs are the best fit for your business, or if you decide to use both chairs and tables for your business, you should know that there are a variety of massage chairs on the market. Portable massage chairs are made out of aluminum so they are strong while at the same time lightweight. They can be adjusted when you set them up to accommodate patients of different shapes and sizes.
You can also choose a desktop massage chair. If you visit offices to deliver your services, this can help. These chairs sit on the top of your client’s desk or any other flat surface in the office. You can deliver your massage without taking too much time out of the client’s day.
Finally, you can choose on-site massage chairs. These are more durable than portable chairs. They also can be adjusted for different sized clients. If you wish to give seated massages at your clinic, this is the type of chair to use.
Whether you use a chair or a table, you are providing important services to your clients as a massage therapist. Take the time to evaluate the differences between massage chairs and tables. Then you will be able to decide which is best for your business.