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Physical & Complementary Therapists Supporting NHS Workers After COVID-19

How can we repay the hard work and dedication of these often unsung heroes after the current situation subsides?

We are currently setting up a platform and interactive map where massage therapists can connect with NHS workers in their local area and donate a massage treatment as a way of saying thank you and supporting our NHS services. 

Not only will you be helping out someone deserving, we will be launching a PR and press campaign that will give you the therapist lots of free local marketing and press along with building up the massage industry as a whole to give it a healthy boost.

Are you ready for #MassageTherapistsTogether?  Fill out the form below to be added to the campaign and we'll be in touch via email with further details.

 

GOALS OF CAMPAIGN:

There are 3 goals for this campaign:

  1. Give something back to the NHS front line workers through our fabulous skills, show them our industry cares and help them relax or treat the aches and pains that may have built up from working though COVID-19
  2. Give the massage industry a welcome boost on a national level through press
  3. Give you the therapist a boost on a local level through your own local press

CAMPAIGN STAGES:

There is a lot of work behind the scenes to get this campaign started and launched. It will be launched over the following stages:

  1. Currently we are in PHASE I – Collecting details from therapists who are interested in taking part. If you wish to take part please fill out the form via the link below. Meanwhile, in the background, we at Massage Warehouse are building software and an interactive map where the NHS doctors and nurses can find you, their local therapist.
  2. Once we have collected enough therapists we will launch Phase II which will be a PR campaign to get the word out to the NHS and public through the press.
  3. Phase III – Once therapists are back working normally, an ongoing promotion campaign to make sure all the doctors and nurses know about this offer and you can help on a local level during this phase by getting the word out.

THE INTERACTIVE MAP:

The map and software are still being worked on but you can see the idea and the work in progress here: Interactive Map. NHS front line workers will be able to find you thought this map.

FAQ:

Q: When will the campaign start?
A: The campaign will start once the lockdown ends and the professional associations for massage and complementary therapies recommend it is safe to go back to work as therapists.

Q: How long will the campaign last?

A: The campaign will last for 30 days from the date it starts. So for example, if we can safely go back to work on June 1st, the campaign will run for 30 days from June 1st.  We feel 30 days is long enough for NHS workers to avail of the campaign and puts a time limit on the campaign so that you the therapist are not contacted indefinitely.

Q: How can I help out as a therapist?

A: If you are a therapist, please join our Facebook group. We need help getting the word out to all therapists so that the campaign has therapists in all areas that can be accessed by the NHS doctors and nurses.

You can do this by:

Q: How will the NHS front line workers find therapists taking part?

A: We are building an interactive map that is searchable. When you take part as a therapist you will be listed on the map. The NHS workers can type in their post code and find therapists nearby who are kindly donating. Each therapist listing has the types of therapies listed so that they can choose a participating therapist based on location or by therapy type. The map and software is still being worked on but you can see the idea and the work in progress here: Interactive Map.

Q: How many treatments do I have to donate?

A: We recommend you donate a minimum of 1 treatment and a maximum of 5. It is entirely up to yourself however and depends on how much time you can give and your availability. The NHS front line workers can contact you via phone or email and you can accept or decline the booking as you would do any normal client of patient.

Q: Will my details be removed from the campaign when it ends?

A: Yes, absolutely. Once the campaign ends after 30 days, we will be removing the map from our website and deleting all the therapists listings. 

Q: Why is Massage Warehouse doing this?

A: We have been in business a long time and we are the UK's only specialist retailer. We are also run by therapists so we care for the therapist community and industry. What we do is our job but also our passion. Our industry is down now and because of the touch aspect of our profession we have been one of the worst hit industries. We have started this campaign not only to give back to the NHS workers fighting for all of us, but also to support the massage and complementary health industry and the therapists within it who are our customers but also our friends and colleagues. We want us all to come out of this stronger together.

Q: I have a suggestion or question, how can I get in touch?

A: Please do not email the website customer support about this campaign. Our customer support is just for product advice and support. Please get in touch via the Facebook group where we have dedicated support for this. Or ask a question in the comments at the bottom of this page.

 

HOW DO I TAKE PART IN THE CAMPAIGN?

Sign up using the form below.

 

#massagetherapiststogether

 

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!