It’s a funny thing, energy. We accept it as a concept, but there seems to be many interpretations of what constitutes energy when it comes to that of human beings. The fact is, we don't have energy - we are energy. So when it comes to healing ourselves, it should be energy that we are focusing on. Energy may not be visible, but it is certainly possible to manipulate it, as any Reiki healer will tell you. How can that be done? Well, there is a physical aspect to the manipulation of energy, but intention is the key factor. It is only a short leap to the idea that thoughts affect our energy field.
There is a lot of talk at the moment of ‘raising our vibration’ and similar, and the promoters of these ideas can easily be dismissed as ‘new agers’, as if there were no substance behind the theories. This is demonstrably untrue though, regardless of stereotyping. Energy healing techniques often result in an improvement in wellbeing of the recipient, and this is what is called ‘raising your vibration.’ Science may not be fully on board yet (quantum theory is the closest it has got) but that doesn’t make it implausible.
Our energy is responsible for our health
The energy field, like the physical organism, can be subject to changes and fluctuations, blockages and imbalances. Energy healing works at restoring balance.
Modern medicine even participates unwittingly in energy healing, when they do ‘placebo effect’ experiments to test the efficacy of drugs. It is well known that some people show improvements without the medicine, which really just goes to show that the thoughts – namely the expectation of healing – affected the energy field, and healing could then take place without any physical medicine present.
Ancient healers across the world were well aware that there was much more to healing a person than just attending to wounds and fevers. They knew well that thoughts were a main contributor to both physical and mental illnesses. Modern medicine sees the mind and body as separate entities, so they take a much more physical, biological focus on healing, while energetic healing is largely ignored.
Science is slowly catching up
Quantum scientists are catching up though; they now openly admit that that a unified field of energy is what constructs everything we are aware of, from physical matter like objects, to thoughts and feelings – even the space in between physical matter, and of course light, and sound.
We know that we can feel energy, and we certainly know when it is missing, because we are exhausted.. We call energy a ‘vibe’ or ‘atmosphere’ when we interpret the sensations created when entering a room full of people. We are affected by it, whether it is positive or negative. We find ourselves attracted to or repelled by others unconsciously – this is our energy at work, mixing with theirs invisibly and feeding back information.
One thing is undeniable: Poor health and fast aging seem to be directly linked to negative thoughts and feelings. People that complain all the time tend to suffer more physical afflictions – they are sending negative energy in the form of thought patterns through their bodies. This is why it is essential to monitor and transmute negative thoughts wherever possible – in doing so you are literally healing yourself. When such negative is so prolific that is dominates the energy field, it undoubtedly manifests as physical ailments or diseases, as well as psychological problems.
How energy healing works
Ancient healers worked with energy flow through the body; you’ll no doubt have heard of chakras – otherwise known as the body’s energy centres. A proficient energy healer has the ability to sense the energy in the person they are working on. They can feel the imbalances and blockages, where energy lacks or is prevalent.
The healer uses his or her intention to attract positive energy from the unified energy field. They then transmit this energy via their own energy field into their patient, which in turn positively affects the patient. This can clear energy blockages that have been preventing the natural flow of energy through the organism. When this balance is restored, the healing has taken place. The physical and emotional sensations that occur during this process are palpable: the healer often experiences a great deal of heat in the hands, which the patient feels, and the patient is apt to feel emotions coming up and being released. It is not uncommon for tears or anger to arise, yet the patient often doesn’t really understand why; such is the power of our own energy.
Energy is attractive!
The sense of wellbeing felt by patience is reported far too frequently for it to be coincidence. Because energy is attractive, unexpected benefits can be seen in the life of the patient; negativity in personal circumstances is often diffused, and more positive events arise, relationships improve, etc. This is what is truly meant by ‘raising your vibration’.
Energy healing is becoming increasingly popular in the realm of holistic therapists, with many massage therapists adding it to their menu as well. Because it works on intention, it really is possible for anybody to do it. The best part is that you can do it for yourself! What are you waiting for?
We hope you have all been enjoying our "Ask The Muscle Whisperer" series. This month we asked the UK massage industry's top thought leaders to share key tips for massage therapists to help their massage therapy businesses navigate the changes in our industry brought about by Covid-19 and come back stronger in 2021!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following are the different shapes of massage tables on the market.
1. Rectangle shaped with square corners
This is the traditional shape of a massage table and the one you are probably familiar with seeing. Our Combi-lite 3 in 1 and Affinity Portaflex are shaped like this.
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.
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.