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What one tip is key for massage therapy businesses to succeed as we navigate the changes in our industry in 2021? Ask the Muscle Whisperer Series

What one tip is key for massage therapy businesses to succeed as we navigate the changes in our industry in 2021? Ask the Muscle Whisperer Series

February 08, 2021

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!

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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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What was the biggest lesson you learnt as a business owner during Covid-19? Ask the Muscle Whisperer Series

What was the biggest lesson you learnt as a business owner during Covid-19? (Ask the Muscle Whisperer Series)

September 30, 2020

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 about the lesson they have learnt as massage therapy business owners during Covid-19. We also asked them to share their words of encouragement for the future! 


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Best apps for Massage Therapists

Best apps for Massage Therapists

July 28, 2020

As a massage therapy business owner you likely wear many hats! With consultation notes to complete, book keeping to do and organising all the small details that go into delivering awesome treatments it can feel like there is an endless list of tasks to complete. So how can you streamline your systems? Thankfully modern technology comes to the rescue! There are apps available that can simplify things for your massage therapy clinic and make life easier for you as a small business owner! 

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Twelve Ways For Massage Therapists To Come Out Of The Coronavirus Pandemic Stronger Than Ever

April 03, 2020

So these are some pretty unprecedented times we are living through! As massage therapists we have all had to adjust to the reality that our livelihoods have been turned upside down, for the next few weeks at the very least. But rather than focusing on the negative we have been working hard to collect all the useful tips we could find to show that as massage therapists we can use this time wisely so that their clinics or mobile massage businesses can come out stronger in ways we couldn't have foreseen once the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation passes!                      

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10 reasons why massage therapists need to join a professional association surrounded by the logos of popular associations

10 reasons why massage therapists need to join a professional association

January 30, 2020

Online there is lots of debate as to whether professional associations are worthwhile. Many therapists are put off by the cost and, in an attempt to run their clinics as lean as possible, leave this off their list of business expenses. Whether you have recently trained as a massage therapist or whether you have been working in spa but are looking to strike out on your own and set up your own massage therapy business, whatever your circumstance if you are looking to have a successful career in the massage industry then you should seriously consider joining a professional association. 

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Is the life of a massage therapist's career really only 8 years?

January 14, 2020

Reports vary but word on the street is that the average career for a massage therapist lasts anywhere between 5-8 years! There is no doubt this is a seriously depressing stat! Looking at this figure it is easy to jump to the conclusion that a career in massage therapy would not be a great return on your investment after paying for training, equipment as well as for your time and your energy! But there are ways to take care of yourself and avoid burnout. So lets first look at why do massage therapists burn out before seeing how you can ensure a long and happy career in the massage industry!

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What changes or improvements would you like to see in the massage therapy industry? (Ask the Muscle Whisperer Series)

December 27, 2019

We are really excited to share with you the next installment of our "Ask The Muscle Whisperer" series. This month we have ask the industry's top leaders what would they like to see change in our industry and how can we as massage therapists all work towards making these changes.

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6 reasons why I love being a massage therapist

6 reasons why I love being a massage therapist

November 08, 2019

After years in any business it is easy to start burning out or simply become a bit jaded. It is always worth checking in regularly and remembering why you started off any venture that you once so passionate about! With this in mind we wanted to share 8 reasons why we love being massage therapists!

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What Makes a Successful Massage Therapist? (Ask the Muscle Whisperer Series)

November 02, 2019

We are really excited to share with you the first edition of our Ask The Muscle Whisperer series. We have gathered a group of experts in massage therapy to ask them your most burning questions! Today we ask what makes a successful massage therapist? 

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Nightmare massage client? Here's when you need to fire them.

September 05, 2019

Building up your massage therapy business takes hard work, determination and dedication. Filling up your books with clients is no easy task and so when we encounter a nightmare client we can feel reluctant to fire them but if the massage client you dread seeing ticks any of these boxes, it's time to give them the boot.

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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!