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How does your treatment room compare?

by Samantha Jenkins May 10, 2019

How does your treatment room compare?

Looking to refresh your treatment room and need some inspiration? Or perhaps you just want to take a peek over the neighbour's fence and see how fancy their garden is - :P! We have collected our favourite images to gather some inspiration. Whether you are looking to create a soothing atmosphere or an invigorating top rate treatment room, there is something to suit all tastes! 

Whilst it is definitely all too easy to get distracted by the massage room of our dreams, with a little imagination, even the most luxurious of spa set ups might contain ideas that you can implement into your space at a fraction of the cost! 

So let's jump in... 


Tropical hideaway. 


Facebook post from Home Massagers with inspiration for treatment room decor.


Whilst this massage set up ranks pretty high on the if I won the lottery list, it does demonstrate how powerful being surrounded by greenery can be! Plants seem to instantly induce a calming effect and make any space feel special and turn what could be a rather dull space into a secluded escape! 


Green fingers.


Facebook post from Rachel Beider with inspiration for treatment room decor.


Perhaps a more realistic method of bringing the outdoors inside, especially for those of us based in UK! The plants littered throughout Rachel's massage room really lift this simple space. Add as many plants as your room can reasonably fit to recreate this feeling and vibe. 


Transport your clients to another world! 


Facebook post from Wilder Inspiration with ideas for treatment room decor.


We love two things about this beautiful treatment room. Firstly the use of the ladder as an alternative way to display your towels, just make sure they are all similar tones like in this image! 

We also are really drawn to the way the room brings in flavours of different cultures. Do you practice a style of massage that comes from another part of the world? Do you have some ornaments or furnishings that you have picked up on your travels which you could transport clients away from their daily lives and into a tranquil cocoon! 


Tone it down. 


Facebook post from Kelly Hoppen Interiors with ideas for treatment room decor.


In this massage room, for example, the influences from Asia are clear but not over the top. Keeping the ornaments in natural tones stops the number of items from being too distracting and creating an overwhelming environment for clients when they are trying to relax. 


Careful with colour. 


Facebook post from Sophie Rose with ideas for treatment room decor.


This massage room reminds us that it is great to play with colour but that it is important not to overdo it! Starting with a neutral base and adding a pop of a brighter tone through towels, curtains and pillows is a great way of creating a fresh feeling room without wreaking havoc on your client's senses! 


Be bold with branding. 


Facebook post from Steve Shepard displaying his massage room decor


If you have strong branding, with company colours and a bold logo, using these in your decor can be a great way to stand out amongst the competition and build customer loyalty. To have the most impact, keep it simple like in this image from Steve, accenting your company colours with a few pieces and allowing your logo to take centre stage! 


Alternative atmosphere.  


Facebook post from Steve Shepard with ideas for treatment room decor.


Not all massages focus on relaxation. Especially relevant for sports therapists, you might want your treatment space to reflect this and give off a more invigorating atmosphere for your massage clients. One way to achieve this is to have a more scientific feel but this can easily tip over into feeling clinical and cold. Avoid this and display your knowledge with some tasteful anatomy artworks whilst mixing subtle pops of opposing colours like blue and orange can liven the atmosphere and get your clients ready to work out their aches and pains!  


Don't be afraid of dual purpose. 


Facebook post from Davia Miranda with ideas for treatment room decor.


This post from Davia reminded us that we don't all have the space to dedicate an entire room to our treatments. This gorgeous massage room is actually Davia's living room cunningly transformed before her clients arrive! If you are tight for space many of our portable massage tables have aluminium frames which make them sturdy and strong but also means they can be set up in under 10 seconds! When you are finished with your massage clients, the table can be folded away in a carry case and placed under the stairs or behind the sofa!    


Simple can be beautiful. 


Facebook post from Aranda Fox with ideas for treatment room decor.


At the end of the day, with resources being tight, many massage therapists are working out of small spaces. Resist the temptation to stuff your room full of decorative bric a brac and keep it simple! Aranda's treatment room above uses a handful of elements, a sticks to a neutral colour palette to produce a sophisticated space.   


We would love to see inside your treatment rooms! Share your photos and see what other therapists are posting on this Facebook thread. We'll be giving away a prize at random, to one reader who shares an image of their treatment room on this Facebook thread. 

Samantha Jenkins
Samantha Jenkins


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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 

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.


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!