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Advantage I & II Portable Massage Table Instructions

Thank you for purchasing your new Advantage Massage Table with us! Please find below the information on how to set up and care for your table.


Opening Up Your Table:

To open up the table, lay it on it’s side and uncatch the clasp. While holding the side of the table, take out the legs of the table until you hear the click lock into place, ensuring the cables do not catch in the legs. Do the same on both sides and then gently place your foot on the corner of one of the feet that are closer to the grand. In just seconds you can balance your bring your table up to an upright position.

 

Inserting the Pins Into Your Table:


This is an important step that needs to be applied before any treatments! You can see two pins attached to the table by rope. The pins need to be slotted into the diagonal support beams on the underside of the table. There is a hole for the pins next to the silver push buttons which adjust the table to folded or open.

Can you see those holes?

It's easier to wrap the strings around these poles so that the pins are always handy near the holes for insertion. They must be used before all treatments and prevent the table from ever collapsing.


The Extra Cable That Arrived With Your Table:

The long wire that arrived alongside your table is a spare. Every 6 months check the 2 long wires under the table and make sure they are not fraying. In a few years, maybe 2-3, one of the tables’ cables may need replacing so we provide this one just in case :) Depending on the use, it may never need to be replaced. If it does, it takes just two minutes to do so using a spanner to remove the old cable from the table and replacing it with this one.

Advantage Portable Massage Table Spare Cable

Head Cradle:


The Head Cradle is simple to operate - the rods insert directly into the table, with the lever attached allowing the angle to be changed. Please note there is no other lever to secure the cradle into the table; the weight of your clients head ensures total stability during treatments! (Please note the Head Cradle is included with the Advantage I only. It can be purchased as an additional extra with the Advantage II).

 

Hanging Arm Rest:

The Hanging Arm Rest ties around the middle bar of the Face Rest Cradle. Be sure that both sides of the armrest are of the same length to ensure your client can rest their arms easily. (Please note the Hanging Arm Rest is included with the Advantage I only. It can be purchased as an additional extra with the Advantage II).


Under Table Shelf:

The free under table shelf included with your table is ideal for storing accessories and saving space in your treatment room or your clients home. Simply tie it above the support beam bars on the table and adjust it to hang at your desired level


Adjusting the Height:

Like most aluminium tables, the Advantage table has an easy to use click lock mechanism to adjust the height. To do so, push in the height button and direct the lower part of the leg up and down to reach your desired height. Repeat this step until all four legs are the same height.

 

 

Folding Away Your Table:

To fold away your table, lower it down on it’s side by again gently putting your foot on the bottom of one of the legs for balance. Once on it’s side, all accessories can neatly be stored on the inside and the legs folded back in again in a similar fashion of how they were folded out, by gently holding the side of the table for balance.


How To Get On & Off The Table



The Advantage 10.5kg can take a maximum working weight distributed evenly of 450lbs/205kg/32 stone



Although the figure above is important, it isn't everything. A person with much lower weight can still break any table if they use force in their movements into a small area of the table..



The important thing to know is that the weight has to be distributed evenly over the couch. I'll give you an example of a mattress you sleep on. It can take a lot of weight. But if a child were to jump on one area the springs would break in that area.



Don't:


1) Don't allow clients to get on the bed with their knee first, this will mean all their weight is going down through the small area under the knee - it can break the wood underneath. The bed won't collapse but the wood would have to be replaced by you with an upholsterer


2) When they are laying face down for long periods, sometimes clients are weary and when you ask them to turn supine, they use their elbow to quickly turn themselves over. With heavier people the amount of force they need to put through their elbow will again mean a lot of weight going into one small area.


3) When a heavier person gets on the bed to go face-up, they may kind of plonk themselves onto the middle like you might do onto a living room sofa before they lower themselves backwards. It's best for them to sit normally onto the middle of the couch with out force. Again, I don't think this couch would ever break, its super strong, but just to have it last as long as possible in terms of wear and tear of the middle hinge section.



Do:


1) Ask new clients when turning to turn gently, or help them turn over. When they become not new clients they will learn themselves how it is done.


2) Lower themselves onto the bed when going face down by putting their hands on the side of the bed and lowering their body weight onto it.


How To Care For Your Tables Upholstery:


Both The Advantage I & II Tables are designed with a sturdy PVC upholstery material. This material is waterproof and stain resistant and made to stay protected from oil, dirt, wax, sweat and make-up. However, like all materials, continued exposure to harsh chemicals in cleaning products can have an abrasive effect and lead to accelerated damage such as peeling.


If you do need to use a cleaning product for your table we advise a very mild, alcohol-free soap with warm water, after which the table can be wiped down with warm water and patted dry.


However, in order to keep your table fully protected we always recommend using a couch cover during your treatments!


Not only does a couch cover protect both your table and your client, it will actually increase the comfort of your treatments too!

There are many different set ups for couch covers and every therapist has a preferred method. We suggest reading our comprehensive Hygiene Guide to see what might work best for you :)

 

 

If you have any further questions about your new Advantage table, pop us a message or give us a call, we’re here to help!


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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