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The Massage & Physical Therapists Talk Show!


We discuss the talking points that matter to you, the therapist!

Each month we will share a new episode on our YouTube channel and in our newsletter The Muscle Whisperer! If you would like to catch up on previous episodes keep scrolling to check them out below! 

Episode 1: Meet the Panel! 

In our first Talk Show session we get to know the members of our new panel and see how they handled their massage and physical therapy businesses during the pandemic. We also delve in and see and how they are feeling about returning to working hands on!

We have set up a safe space for therapists during these difficult times to support each other and find resources, advice and tips on how to use this time wisely and come back stronger than ever! 

Episode 2: What Are The Best Qualifications & CPD Courses!

In the second edition of The Massage & Physical Therapists Talk Show we delve into all the world of qualifications and studying as a massage therapist! Below you can find a list of the courses that crop up in the session in the description of this video on YouTube.

Episode 3: Networking for Massage & Physical Therapists.

In the third edition of The Massage & Physical Therapists Talk Show we delve into networking as a Massage or Physical Therapist. We discuss what techniques our panel have used in the past to meet new clients and spread the word about their massage therapy businesses and how COVID-19 has changed the way they network.

Episode 4: Handling Difficult Clients

In the fourth edition of The Massage & Physical Therapists Talk Show we delve into the difficulties we can have with clients as Massage or Physical Therapist. Our panel share their hardest personal experiences with clients and how they handled the situation. Each of our therapists share totally different stories!

Episode 5: The Impacts of Covid-19 on the Benefits of Massage

In the fifth edition of The Massage & Physical Therapists Talk Show we delve into the non-physical benefits of massage and whether our panel of therapists have seen any negative effect on these from the very necessary treatment guidelines and enhanced sanitation protocols put in place. Our panel discuss the feedback they received from clients and share what it has been like to work under these new conditions.

Episode 6: Festive Marketing for Massage & Physical Therapists

In the sixth edition of The Massage & Physical Therapists Talk Show we ask our panel about their marketing! With the Christmas shopping season fast approaching now is the time to start inspiring clients with some massage related gifts! Our panel discuss whether they market more heavily at certain times of the year & what offers and promotions they have planned for the festive season!

Episode 7: Should you Choose a Niche?

To Niche or Not to Niche that is the question! For this month's episode we asked our panel of fabulous therapists to share their experiences with niching! We asked them whether they have a niche for their practice or not and if so how did they choose what to focus on? We asked them to share honestly whether they think it's important to have a niche and what advice they have for new therapists starting out?  

Episode 8: How to Prolong your Career!

For this month's episode we asked our panel of fabulous therapists to share have they given thought to how long they would like to (or be able to) last in this profession? We asked them whether they have put something in place or have they started to put some things in place now which will allow them to keep earning a living later on when they may no longer be able to work so hard physically? We asked them what advice would they give other therapists thinking about this topic.

Episode 9: Advice for New & Training Therapists and Goals for 2022!

For this month's episode we asked our panel of fabulous therapists to give their advice for therapists in training and newly qualified therapists along with some chat about goals for the year as a therapist/business owner! We asked: what is your best advice (or lesson learned) for someone starting out in massage therapy? Do you set new year's resolutions or goals for your business at the start of the year or maybe at some other point in the year? How do you track your goals? And finally what are your hopes for the industry for the coming year? 


Episode 10: Avoiding Burnout As A Therapist

Avoiding Burnout As a Therapist! For this month's episode, we asked our panel of fabulous therapists to give their advice on what things do you think therapists need to look out for that may cause them burnout? What tips and tools have you implemented to help you avoid or at least manage burnout and if you haven't implemented anything, is there something you want to implement or have been trying to? Do you have any examples of you or other therapists working smarter, not harder? (or things you are working towards which will allow you to work smarter, not harder).


Episode 11: Pros and Cons Of Mobile Massage

For this month's episode, we wanted to address an issue which has become a bit more topical of late as a result of changing attitudes from both therapists and clients from what has happened the past 2 years. We talk about -if we have in the past or currently offer both mobile and treatment room treatments (and which we prefer and why!) -what we think the pros and cons of mobile massage are. the pros and cons of our individual setup. -and for funsies!!! Any funny or peculiar mobile treatment story! -our advice for anyone starting out in this profession and are considering going mobile.


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!