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Get the scoop on 2019's National Massage Championships

by Samantha Jenkins December 12, 2019

Winners celebrate at the 2019 National Massage Championships

At Massage Warehouse we were extremely proud to be a sponsor of the second edition of the National Massage Championships, which took place this year on the 29th and 30th of September at the Olympia Centre in London.

We truly believe that the National Massage Championships are a crucial way of building the massage industry within the UK and demonstrating to the public the skills and value of our profession. 

The championships bring together competitors from across the country as well as a team of esteemed judges with decades of experience between them. 

  • Head Judge - Susan Findlay - a specialist in Oncology Massage and author of Sports Massage for Therapists’.

  • Pauline Baxter - the director and owner of the Academy of On-Site Massage.

  • Sunita Passi - the founder of Tri-Dosha, an Ayurvedic training centre.

  • Bhavesh T. Joshi - principal of the London School of Massage.

  • Jeppe Tengbjerg - CEO of the International Massage Association and host of the World Championships in Massage in Denmark.

  • Earle Abrahamson - the chair of the Massage Training Institute, Vice-Chair of the General Council for Sports Tissue Therapists and member of the board for soft tissue therapy at the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council.

  • Beata Aleksandrowicz - creator of the Pure Massage Spa Training Method.

  • Meghan Mari - the Co-Director and Founder of Jing Advanced Massage Training.

  • Mary Dalgleish - the current Vice President of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

  • Emma Gilmore - founder and Director of School of Bodywork. 

  • Dympna O’Brien - co-founder of Quantum Metta School of Massage.

  • Kush Kumar - founder of international professional association ThinkTree Hub.

  • Ryan Hoyme - known as MassageNerd Ryan has been inducted into both the International and American Massage Therapy Halls of Fame. 

Judges with the finalists of 2019's National Massage Championships

 

With 6 distinct categories, the competitors had an hour to wow the judges with their treatment techniques and connection to their clients in the following styles of massage; 

 

  • Advanced Massage
  • SPA/Wellness Massage
  • Freestyle Massage
  • Eastern Massage
  • Chair Massage
  • Swedish/Deep Tissue Massage

 

Check out our highlights from this year's competition!

 

What were the highlights this year?

We caught up with returning judge Sunita Passi who told us this year had seen a 20% increase in competitors. As well as being great to see more therapists coming together to compete and to network together, a increase in numbers also brought many more massage styles and techniques making it even more fascinating for the crowds to watch! 

It was great to see some returning competitors from last year but also lots of new faces taking part. There was lots of love and encouragement in the air and competitor Ian Tennant mentioned that the atmosphere is more of a big team coming together to celebrate a shared interest of massage rather than the tension you might expect at a competition! 

Many of the judges also reported that they were seriously impressed this year that more therapists were focusing on demonstrating their connection to their client. Delivering tailored treatments with caring intentions rather than relying on showboating dramatic techniques. The judges were thrilled to see competitors take on the mission of elevating our industry on such a public stage and the public seemed to absorb this message, being seriously impressed with the skills on show. 

 

Winners of 2019 National Massage Championships

Why should you compete next year?

In addition to trophies and exclusive prizes from leading massage therapy taking part in this competition offers winners admiration and good publicity for their massage therapy businesses. Even taking part you will be demonstrating to your clients that you take your profession seriously and that you are taking opportunities to test yourself and learn new skills. 

We often don't get a chance working as independent massage therapists to test ourselves. As judge Bhavesh T. Joshi put it to us "you will never know how good you are unless you compete". The National Massage Championships are a great way to receive feedback from some of our industry's greatest leaders with each competitor receiving a copy of the judge's notes on their performance after the competition. Competitor Georgia Curry told us this was one of her main reasons for wanting to compete, pointing out that this kind of feedback is priceless! 

 

Georgia Curry with Head Judge Susan Findlay

 

How can you sign up?

Next year the competition will be held on the Sunday 4th and Monday 5th of October. Registration will open shortly and we will continue to share highlights from this year's competition so please keep your eyes peeled on this post and on our social media channels for more exclusive interviews and details on how to get involved next year!  

We would love to hear your thoughts on what events like the National Massage Championships bring to our industry! Please let us know on our Facebook thread!




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Massage Table Size Guide

Massage tables comes in many different shapes and size. It can be confusing for you, the customer, to choose the right one but we are here to help!

A lot of customers call us up after they have bought the wrong size massage table elsewhere and we would like to help you avoid this mistake. It normally goes something like this; they like the look of a picture of a massage table on a website, they like the low price and then they check the carrying weight is ok. If the carrying weight fits their needs they click add to cart and the new massage table turns up at their doorstep in a few days. They unfortunately assume all massage tables are pretty much the same width and size.

The standard size of a massage table is 28 inches wide (71cms) and 73 inches (185cms) long. One of the reasons many "lightweight" budget massage tables are so cheap is because

  1.  They are smaller in size (normally around 61cms wide) and as such have less materials
  2. They are sold by specialist retailers who also sell anything else they can import and turn a profit on. As such they just buy the cheapest massage tables they can find in China. They go for smaller sizes as they are cheaper.

Make sure the massage table is the right size for you and your clients as the narrow massage tables at 61cms can be very uncomfortable for anyone who isn't petite and many clients cannot relax with their shoulders and arms unsupported.

 

The Width of the Massage Table:

Almost all therapists choose the standard 28 inch wide massage table. All our massage tables are the same length so it is only the width and shape our customers need to decide on.

Your massage table should be wide enough to cater for the wide variety of shapes and sizes of your clients. It needs to be wide enough to comfortably accommodate your treatment style, while being narrow enough to ensure you don’t have to strain your own back during treatments.

Each therapist's postural training and ability is different, so only you will know what massage table width you can handle. We have spoken to therapists who are five feet tall and get the wider 30 inch massage tables, and we speak to six foot therapists who have back problems and go for a 25 inch wide massage table. Everyone is different.

Generally speaking, if you are of smaller stature, you may do better with one of the narrower 25-inch massage tables. If you're quite tall, or are particularly keen to offer your clients a very spacious experience, a 30-inch massage table might be more suitable.

If you are in doubt, see if you can go into your local training college and see whether the massage tables there suit you. However, there is another way to get a feel for what will work of you don’t have access to a couch when you are deciding:

Cut out a piece of cardboard to the dimensions of both sizes you are deciding between. Put it on top of the kitchen table and lean over it. Visualise a client lying there, and see which width will suit you and your client best.

measuring the width of a massage table


Make sure you can get close enough to the table that you can pivot at the waist and have your shoulders squared to the clients hips, with your hands parallel to the clients' spine. Working in this position will ensure an injury-free career, so it's an important factor in your decision.

The most popular massage table widths are 28 and 30 inches. We sell 25-inch massage tables but you should really only choose this width if you are shorter in height and having a wider massage table might put your own back at risk over the course of your career.

You can also choose the 25-inch if you want to have the lightest massage table possible. By reducing the width of the massage table, the weight is also reduced. Now, this can mean a trade-off of some client comfort, but this trade is often worthwhile if you are a fully mobile therapist and use public transport frequently, where saving a kilogram or two will make a difference to you over time.

 

The Height Of the Massage Table

Nowadays, almost all portable massage tables come with height adjustable legs. Whichever massage table you choose should come with a large height range to accommodate you, and to cater for a broad range of therapies.

A common height range of massage tables is between 60 to 80cm, and this height range should cater for everyone. To check which height you need your massage table to be at follow this rule of thumb:

1. Stand up straight with your hands by your sides. Clench your fists.
2. Measure the distance between the floor and your knuckles
3. This distance should equal the height of your massage table.
4. Add a few inches in height to allow for the body of the patient on the massage table.

The height of a massage table is usually only adjusted when different therapists are using the same massage table, or if you have a client that is outside the average size you normally treat. So for example, if someone with a lot of body depth comes for a treatment after an average size person, you may need to adjust the height a notch or two.

You should be able to adjust the height of a massage table in just 2-3 minutes. Even though you mightn't adjust the height very often, the faster the better when you do have to!

There are 2 types of height adjustment mechanisms found on modern massage tables.

1) Twisting knobs (found only on wooden massage tables):

If you are working with a wooden massage table, it is better to have two knobs on each of the four legs for greater strength and reliability. When buying online, make sure to check how many knobs are on the legs. Cheap massage tables often only have one knob, and when you raise the legs to the highest heights they are less stable and have been known to snap.

2) Telescopic push-buttons (found only on aluminium massage tables):

The mechanism to adjust the height of an aluminium massage table is much the same as the push-button method on aluminium crutches. It only takes a few seconds to adjust each leg, and the mechanism is very reliable. Check out the video to see how it’s done.

 

Massage Table Shape:

The following are the different shapes of massage tables on the market.

1. Rectangle shaped with square corners 

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2. Rectangle shaped with rounded corners

Same as no 1 above in every way except the corners are rounded. Does not affect function in any way, just a different design/look.

 

3. Hour glass shaped with gradual gradient 

A fabulous massage table innovation in recent years, which solves a lot of the problems around choosing the correct width is the hourglass shaped massage table.


This style of massage table is wider at the ends, and tapers somewhat at the middle. This provide a spacious and comfortable experience for your client (as the shoulder and feet area are 30 inches wide) without compromising your own posture and health, as the middle of the couch where you lean over is a much narrower 26 inches wide.Having recently upgraded to one of these hourglass massage tables myself, I can vouch that my working days are much more comfortable, and many of my clients have commented on the extra comfort from the wider shoulder area.

 

4. Hour glass shaped with sharp gradient
Same as point above but instead of the it gradually going from wide to narrow, the massage table changes quickly from normal width to narrow width so people of very short stature can get in close.
5. Oval Shaped

 The name says it all! There are no corners on the massage table. Therapists normally choose this for one of two reasons. They simply like the look of this massage table and it is aesthetically more pleasing in their treatment room and/or they find it easier to move around the massage table during the treatment without having to side step the corners. This is particularly handy when space is limited in your treatment room.

oval massage table

 

Have any questions or comments about anything above? Please let us know in the comments below!