So, it is about time. I am going to buy a massage plinth/table/bed/couch (MP), again. This time I decided to spoil myself with a top-class portable MP. Since I already bought one, I know what I want. Now I will share with you my anecdotes to “How to choose the MP that fits you”.
But before, think with yourself. Are you mobile, do you work with a lot of pressure, do you get on the bed, do you work with big clients, your style is very low such as Shiatsu or high such as Lomi Lomi.
- Mattress thickness – Average is 5-6 c”m, which is the ideal. The thickness of the cushioning is important not just to the client. The cushion is comfortable. Less useful when most of your energy is being cushioned.
- Width -The popularity you are working with, big or small?. Not all the powerlifters can comfortably fit in 60 cm. The “wings” don’t feel safe to me. Furthermore, wide MP force to reach out in long movements. Are you also going on the bed? You will need a bit of space for yourself.
- Hight- hydraulics are super cool and effective, yet so expensive. Shitsu type massages require a specific hight that some MP do not allow. Search the specific low tables.
- Parts- The basic table has two parts that Fold in one axis. The three parts MP can adjust also a middle part. Four parts MP can fold like a transformer. I didn’t have the chance to meet massage therapists who work on 3/4 parts MP.
- Examination table is not a massage table.
- Mobile- The weight of the client and the weight of the bed plays against each other. Notice the dynamic/working pressure. Compare it to the weight of the bed and see what works for you.
- Frame material- Aluminum is light. I never had an aluminum, because I have been told it squeaks. Lately, I learned that Silikone spray can prevent it. Wood is super beautiful, yet heavy. I have witnessed a very old wooden MP that squeaks.
- Leg’s frame- The connector between the MP’s legs. If you sit in the center of an MP a legs space would be better. Reflexology or neck massages are very hard to do without space to your knees.
- 1 Pound, lbs = 0.45 Kg
- Headrest- The adjustables are nice but not all of them are comfortable. The hole in the bed can do the trick. Some manufacturers offer a special addition to this hole.
Bottom line, If you are like me, 175 cm tall 75 Kg, that about 30% of the time going on the table and working with very big and heavy people. You will search a 2 part, 5-6cm mattress thickness, 70cm width with about 300 Kg dynamic pressure, Mobile, Aluminum (have to try once), with legs with high frame and an extra comfortable hole to the head inside the MP.
My dilemma is between Earthlite nova/luna, Sereno Memory Foam Portable Massage Table 29 by massage king or Haby’s Medmal. What would you choose?