06 Jun Massage Tables by Profession, part 1: Massotherapists, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths
The requirements that professionals have for massage tables vary considerably, but the biggest factor tends to be the types of treatment they offer. For example, physiotherapists tend to favour firm or semi-firm foam, or multi-layered memory foam, since these types of foam provide increased back support; spa workers will look for the opposite, since they want to offer as much comfort as possible. Factors include how physically involved treatments tend to be, and whether or not professionals need to travel… it can become a bit dizzying!
This list is meant to give professionals a sense of direction in their search for the perfect table, but should be taken as guidelines, rather than hard-and-fast rules.
Perhaps more than practitioners of any other profession, massotherapists’ needs vary considerably depending on their modality. Shiatsu practitioners will prefer shiatsu futons, whereas more intense, deep tissue massage practitioners might prefer the Lierre Classic: with its multi-layered memory foam, it provides excellent back support. One of the perennial classics, however, is the Earthlite Spirit: light and extremely soft, it will make almost any customer comfortable, and it can easily be carried from location to location.
Proper support, in a massage table, is of paramount importance to physiotherapist. With the softest foam, much of a physiotherapist’s efforts are lost: the pressure they apply to key parts of a client’s body only serves to make the client sink into the table, and therefore its efficacy is compromised. Moreover, physiotherapists need to have access to nearly every part of a client’s body, as their treatments tend to be intense and cover vast, interconnected muscular and articular regions. Due to the nature of the profession, physiotherapists are also more likely to travel for their treatments, as they sometimes work to rehabilitate clients with reduced mobility.
In short, all these requirements mean that narrow, portable massage tables with semi-firm foam are usually the ideal choice for physiotherapy.
Two of Lierre tables respond well to this description, the first being the Lierre Eco 28”. This portable massage table has 2 inch standard, semi-firm foam, making it rigid enough for physiotherapy, and it comes with a carrying case. The table’s wooden frame and its strong structure prevent it from collapsing, even during intense, physically involved treatments. Moreover, its adjustable height can be useful in a host of different situations. Finally, perhaps the greatest advantage of the Lierre Eco 28” is its price: $179.