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What are the best podcasts for massage therapists?

What are the best podcasts for massage therapists?

January 22, 2021

Are you looking for some inspirational audio to keep you busy and focused during the latest lockdown? Below we share our list of favourite podcasts for massage therapists which cover a huge range of topics! From specific podcasts for massage therapy business owners to those which cover wider interests like health, the latest developements in science, psychology, business and marketing and much more. So let's dive in!

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As 2020 draws to a close what message would you like to share with massage therapists across the UK? Ask the Muscle Whisperer series

As 2020 draws to a close what message would you like to share with massage therapists across the UK? Ask the Muscle Whisperer series

December 18, 2020

We are really excited to share with you the final instalment of our "Ask The Muscle Whisperer" series for 2020. This month we have asked the industry's top leaders what message would they like to share with massage therapists across the UK. Below our panel of experts share how they feel about our industry at the end of this unusual year and what lessons 2020 taught them as a massage therapist?

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Tales from the Table - Mistaken Identity!

Tales from the Table - Mistaken Identity!

December 17, 2020

Tales from the Table is written by Andrew Stevenson - Sports and Holistic Massage and Reflexology Practitioner. In this edition Andrew shares a tale of an awkward mistaken identity that still makes one physiotherapist blush to this day!

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3 Steps To Make The Most Of Your Massage Client Consultations

3 Steps To Make The Most Of Your Massage Client Consultations

December 10, 2020

It's easy to think that it's only the massage treatment you deliver that decides whether a client will become a regular. To be a really successful massage therapist the key is solving your client's issues with their tissues and your consultation really is the foundation of delivering amazing tailored treatments!

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Massage, the Perfect Christmas Gift for 2020

Massage, the Perfect Christmas Gift for 2020

December 04, 2020

2020 has been a difficult year to put it mildly! But it has raised the profile of massage therapy immensely! People are more aware of the power of positive touch and after months of lockdowns, working from home and all the anxieties of Covid-19 are in real need of the benefits of massage. As we seek the silver linings in a tumultuous time as massage therapists we might never have a better chance to showcase our skills to the public so please put yourselves out there this Christmas and inspire some great gift giving!  

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Top 10 ways to upgrade a tired massage table

November 28, 2020

Is your massage table looking tired but you're not ready to quite take the plunge and look for a new one? Don't worry there are lots of ways to upgrade your table without breaking the bank! Below we share 10 ways you can turn your massage table from shabby to chic!

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Tales from the Table - Footwear Faux Pas!

Tales from the Table - Footwear Faux Pas!

November 19, 2020

Tales from the Table is written by Andrew Stevenson - Sports and Holistic Massage and Reflexology Practitioner. In the first edition Andrew shares a tale of working as a pitch side therapist and how a poor choice of footwear almost had catastrophic consequences! 

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What is the best promotion or marketing campaign you ever ran as a massage therapist? (Ask the Muscle Whisperer Series)

What is the best promotion or marketing campaign you ever ran as a massage therapist? (Ask the Muscle Whisperer Series)

November 13, 2020

We are really excited to share the next instalment of "Ask The Muscle Whisperer". This month we asked industry leaders what is the best promotion or marketing campaign you ever ran as a massage therapist? And looking forward to the next 6 months, what marketing strategies would you recommend for massage therapists?

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Are timeless treatments the way to go for your massage therapy business?

October 30, 2020

Recently we came across a couple of massage therapists discussing the idea of timeless massage treatments and we were intrigued! Could this be an interesting way of setting your massage therapy business apart from the rest and delivering an unparalleled level of service or is it just too complicated to really work?

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#MassageTherapistsTogether campaign - the results are in!

#MassageTherapistsTogether campaign - the results are in!

October 22, 2020

As therapists and ex therapists ourselves, during lockdown it was extremely difficult to see our industry be plummeted into so much uncertainty. After reading stories of frontline NHS workers battling against Covid-19 we felt they deserved our appreciation and could really use some of the benefits of a massage!

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Could Sports Massage Training Win More Clients For Your Massage Therapy Business?

Could a Sports Massage Qualification Win More Clients For Your Massage Therapy Business?

October 15, 2020

Sports massage often carries a reputation of being just for athletes or gym bunnies. However the benefits of sports massage mean adding this modality to your roster can open up a wide range of possible clients and opportunities to grow your massage therapy business. Here is why.

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Is it worth selling products in your massage therapy practice?

October 09, 2020

Have you ever been tempted to sell products in your massage therapy clinic? Everyone knows that the average length of a career in massage therapy is only 8 years because the physical and mental toll of running your own massage therapy business can lead therapists to burnout and move on to a different career.

To try and reduce the strain on their bodies and create some extra income, many massage therapists get tempted to sell products but is it really worth the time and effort or are their better ways to grow your massage therapy business? 

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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!

 

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