University of East London Sports Therapy Collaboration

Evidence based practice is essential for the future of the sports massage industry along with quality professional therapy equipment. 

University of East London Sports Therapy Course

We are proud and delighted to be in partnership with UEL and supporting you the student in your professional endeavour.

We have the largest range of treatment tables in Europe so that we have a

treatment table for every need. However, we have narrowed down and selected the models below to be best suited to your requirements as a sports therapy student and later a professional sports therapist.

We also recommend some essential accessories which we think are the best fit for your treatments but we have a much wider range of accessories available which you can browse throughout our website using the navigation bar above.

As a student of UEL, a special student discount has been negotiated for you on all our portable treatment tables and supplies. You can get the details of the discount from your tutors.

 

Recommended Sports Therapy Treatment Tables:

You can choose the model you feel will suit you best based on dimensions, features and budget. Please feel free to get in touch with us for advice if you have any difficulty in deciding!

1. Porta-lite Delta II

The Porta-lite Delta II is our best selling treatment table, particularly to sports therapists. It is also the most comfortable, lightest and strongest lightweight treatment table available today. It comes in 2 widths, 28 inch and 30 inch so is suitable for larger patients which often is the case with professional sports teams.

lightweight massage table

You can read more details and see all the specifications for this model along with some videos here or by clicking on the image. 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Porta-lite Delta I

The Porta-lite delta I has all the same quality and components of the Delta II table but it is narrower at 25 inches wide. This makes it even lighter to carry and the narrower width can be more suited to quick pitch side treatments and assessments. If you are undecided which width to go for, find out the width of the treatment tables you trained on at University and decide if you want to stick with that width or go wider or narrower. For most therapists it is best to stick with a minimum of 28 inches wide for better patient comfort however if you want to make the table as light as possible then the narrower 25 inch wide massage table may be more suitable for you.

lightweight massage table

You can read more details and see all the specifications for this model along with some videos here or by clicking on the image.

 

 

 

3. Earthworks Perform

If you are not so concerned about having a very light weight treatment table then this is hands down the best sports therapy table available on the market. It is the same high quality and has the same components and features as the Porta-lite Delta above except it has a lifting back rest for seated treatments and to raise the patient for increased comfort.

Having a lifting back rest increases the weight by around 3KG however, the Earthwork Perform is still the lightest full dimension treatment table with a lifting back rest on the market. We do sell lighter but you compromise client comfort by reducing on table size and width .

We already supply this model to national team, premiership football and rugby clubs and it is the backbone of many high performance sports treatment centres.

 

high quality massage table

It is available in 2 widths, 25 inch and 28 inch and you can read more details and see all the specifications for this model along with some videos here or by clicking on the image

 

 

 

 

3. Affinity Versalite

The Affinity Versalite is the same quality as all the tables above but for those who prefer a breath hole in the table rather than at the end of the table, the Versalite can accommodate you.

affinity versalite

Also available in 2 different widths, you can read more details and see all the specifications for this model along with some videos here or by clicking on the image

 

 

 

 

 

4. Bodypro Active

The 3 treatment tables above are all professional grade tables that will be durable and long lasting to transition with you from student to professional. The quality is the highest you can get.

bodypro active sports massage table

For those on a tighter budget during university years, the BodyPro Active is a medium range table. It sits between entry level and professional so it is still great value for money.

Also available in 2 different widths, you can read more details and see all the specifications for this model along with some videos here or by clicking on the image

 

As mentioned at the beginning, we have a large range of massage tables, the largest available in Europe. But the above 4 we feel are the best suited to you as sports therapists. Feel free to browse all the other massage tables for sale and any questions you may have please get in touch via email through the website or by giving us a call. We are all therapists ourselves and will be able to advise you well.

 

Essential Sports Therapy Treatment Supplies:

Just like our large range of treatment tables, we have a large range of supplies to help you in your treatments. But to make it easy, we have picked out a few essentials below to get you started and you can always add other supplies at a later date further on in your studies or career. 

 

Top picks for Massage Oils, Lotions & Waxes:

1. Our favourite oil and our customers favourite oil for many years has been the Melrose  water dispersible oil. It has a great glide and wipes of the patient nicely without leaving a residue and washes out of towels and couch covers easy peasey!

water dispersible massage oilMelrose also make other fabulous massage oils and lotions for different needs but this is our top pick

 

2. Our favourite waxes for sports massage therapists are the Songbird Sports

songbird fascial release waxsongbird sports wax

Massage Wax and the Fascial release wax. You can try them both out in economical 100g tub sizes and then if you prefer one or the other buy the larger tubs.

 

3. Our favourite sports lotion is made by Naqi. They make a number of different lotions for varied grip and treatment styles but the one we recommend for you is the sports lotion.  

 naqi sport massage lotion

You can try it out economically in 100ml or 500ml sizes and then if you find it's for you it's available in bulk 5 litre sizes. If you and a few fellow students buy the 500ml sizes you can all chip in and buy the larger 5 litre size to refill your bottles and save even more! 

 

Top picks for client positioning & comfort, hygiene and massage table protection:

 Fitted couch covers serve as

terry towel massage table couch cover

 

Disposable face rest covers allow you to use one fresh piece for each treatment. Much softer and more durable than paper couch roll they come in a very economical pack of 100

 

disposable face rest covers

 

Massage bolsters in different sizes are great for getting your patients more comfortable and into positions that allow you to treat them in more efficiently and ergonomically. You can choose from half round, full round and d-shaped. We recommend at least 2 different sizes for back of knees when supine and front of ankles when patient is prone.

massage bolster
You can browse our entire range of tables and accessories using the drop down menus and your discount works across the entire range of portable treatment tables and accessory massage supplies. If you have any questions please get in touch via the contact us tab or give us a call on 01443 806590.
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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