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Here's why relying on online reviews could be damaging your massage therapy business

December 20, 2019

In the past, before the days of social media, it was common for massage therapists and many small business to have a limited online presence and to be reliant on online reviews alone to bring in business. Even today I hear massage therapists going through a tough patch saying "a few more good reviews and it will turn around." Nowadays customers are rightly suspicious of reviews. People know good reviews can be bought and bad ones are likely written by a disgruntled customer  largely blowing a situation out of proportion. Especially when it comes to a such a personal and health related service, clients might take a quick look on yelp or google but really they will be looking for a referral either from their doctor or directly from a trusted source. 

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Get the scoop on 2019's National Massage Championships

December 12, 2019

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. 

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The Power of Networking with Your Local Medical Community

December 06, 2019

Networking is an important part of business for many professionals, but physical therapists and massage therapists often assume they only need to focus on meeting potential clients. This couldn’t be further from the truth and one reason why many of these small businesses fail. Building a network of health centres, doctors, nurses, holistic healers and other healthcare providers in your area, as well as general community involvement may be the key to getting a steady stream of new clients without much effort on your part. 

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How to Grow Your Massage Therapy Practice through Social Media in Just 10 Minutes a Day

November 24, 2019

Social media is an essential tool for massage therapy business owners to use to connect with and attract potential customers and with regular use massage therapists can grow their practice and client list. Sound difficult? It’s actually quite easy! All it takes is about 10 minutes of careful attention on a daily basis.

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Entrepreneur First, Massage Therapist Second?

November 17, 2019

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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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Increase the income of your massage therapy business with this simple scheduling trick

September 12, 2019

Do you find yourself with weeks where you are rushing around like a headless chicken with tonnes of appointments and then the next week, nothing, its a desert and you are sat around for hours in between appointments? Working to this kind of schedule is a sure fire way to make yourself miserable. The stress of an empty schedule and then being overstretched can serious undercut your confidence and can lead to burnout through stress which might see you quitting the industry all together! 

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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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Do male massage therapists have it tougher?

Do male massage therapists have it tougher?

August 30, 2019

Studies have shown that our industry is dominated by female therapists, outnumbering male massage therapists by 4 to 1. Many male therapists talk about struggling to find clients and dealing with people's misconceptions and preferences for female therapists but do male massage therapists really have it tougher?

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What about the glutes?

What about the glutes?

August 16, 2019

A worrying trend seems to be developing in our industry...more and more we are seeing posts where therapists admit to avoiding working on clients glutes, despite being booked for a full body massage. This got us thinking...what is the root cause of the issue here?

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What is your self imposed dress code?

What is your self imposed dress code?

August 09, 2019

Starting your career as a massage therapist without a defined uniform it's tricky to know what to wear. Is it even necessary to have a uniform? We looked into the different options chosen by fellow massage therapists to provide some inspiration and guidance so you can find a uniform that is a perfect fit for you!

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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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