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SONGBIRD REFLEXOLOGY WAXES

Massage Warehouse

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Collections: Massage Oils, Products

Category: Reflexology, Vegan, Wax

Type: Massage Wax

Vendor: Massage Warehouse


Scroll to find out more about each blend.

UNSCENTED

The Unscented version of our Reflexology wax is for use in Reflexology treatments where essential oils are not required, such as in pregnancy or in college learning and exam situations. The consistency is the same as the other Songbird Reflexology Waxes.

It also has the added advantage of being similar in consistency to the Fascial Release Wax and can be used for this purpose as well. It is our simplest product, containing just three 100% Natural ingredients!

Ideal also for those who don't want a scent in their treatments, and joins the Unscented Massage Wax and the Bee Balm in this regard.
100% Natural Ingredients: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Natural Vitamin E

 

WOMEN'S BLEND

Our latest Reflexology Wax; after lots of requests from therapists, is the ever popular Women's Blend.

The scent which is most likely to come to the fore when inhaling the blend is the Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) but this is balanced by the musky and regal Frankincense (Boswelli Carterii), which balances it out perfectly. It's this balance which makes Women's Blend really special.

Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia) has a citrusy aroma which is very pleasant and is one of the most uplifting of the essential oils and thus of great benefit in lifting the spirits.

The blend is meant to be balancing, and is synergistically created for this effect. All the essential oils used are associated with hormonal balancing and are particularly relevant to women of all ages.
100% Natural Ingredients: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil of Frankincense, Essential Oil of Geranium, Essential Oil of Lavender, Essential Oil of Bergamot, Natural Vitamin E

 

TEA TREE & MINT

Reflexology Wax was developed in 2005 in response to requests by many Reflexologists who asked us for a minty, fresh version of the Massage Wax they were using for Reflexology. There was also a request that it be slightly tighter in terms of consistency for use in Reflexology treatments. It took a while and many consultations with various parties before we finally came up with what is now the Reflexology Wax in its various blends.

Tea Tree and Mint is used both as a refreshing Foot Massage and Reflexology medium. The essential oils are Spearmint, Peppermint and Tea Tree. Both Spearmint and Peppermint are cooling, cleansing and stimulating, whilst the Tea Tree is a well known anti-bacterial and anti-fungal essential oil which balances the formula and helps cleanse the feet during Reflexology treatments.

In terms of performance, the wax is thicker than the Massage Waxes, so that it gives the correct amount of grip/slip ratio for Reflexology treatments.
100% Natural Ingredients: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil of Tea Tree, Essential Oil of Spearmint, Essential Oil of Peppermint, Natural Vitamin E


LAVENDER

One of our more recent Reflexology Waxes is that old favourite - Lavender. Because of its properties, it makes an ideal oil to use in a Reflexology Wax. As usual, we have made sure that we have a good quality oil that we like in it. It is from the Drome, Vanclause, and Haut d'Alps area and is a quality controlled oil (High Altitude).

Of course, Lavender is antiseptic and astringent - qualities needed in a Reflexology Wax. But what is also important is the fresh and aromatic scent of pure Lavender
100% Natural Ingredients: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil of Lavender, Natural Vitamin E 

 

ZEST

Zest Reflexology Wax is a light, gentle, refreshing and uplifting Reflexology Wax containing Lime and Mandarin. We developed it with the Scottish Charity, Iris Cancer Partnership (SC041853), and a percentage of each tub sold will be donated to their valuable ongoing work of training complimentary therapists to work with cancer patients. It is light on the essential oil and it falls well below the latest regulatory requirements for a 'leave on' product, making it suitable for pregnancy massage as well. We are sure you'll enjoy the subtle zing and are convinced it will join the rest of the range as a firm favourite!

It is also a companion product to the Zest Massage Wax, which also supports the Iris Cancer Partnership
100% Natural Ingredients: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil of Mandarin, Essential Oil of Lime, Natural Vitamin E

 

VEGAN VERSION

The beeswax in the normal version is replaced with Japanese Sumac Wax, Sunflower seed wax, Hydrogenated Castor oil and Rice bran wax. The scents are the same and they also keep their olive oil and vitamin E.  The consistency in the vegan version is as close to the beeswax version as possible, providing you with the same balance of slip and grip you expect. The only difference being the removal of beeswax!

 

All songbird waxes are IFRA and EU 1223/2009 compliant and best of all, 100% Natural.

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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!