Setting up your portable massage table is an easy process that will take you just a few minutes to complete. Portable massage tables are great for both home and professional use, because they make it easy to offer massages to clients in their own homes or offices. If you have already purchased your portable massage table and would like to get started setting it up, here are the basic steps involved in setting up your portable massage table in nine easy steps!
Step 1: Gather Tools
You’ll need a good table, sturdy yet lightweight and of good quality. Get one that’s at least 20 wide and 27 long. You should be able to easily fold it for transport, but also be sure it’s stable enough for massage. (Note: On massage tables, go wider rather than longer.) Add a drop sheet to protect your customer’s clothing, as well as towels to lay under your customer and yourself if you’re going on a hard surface. And don’t forget gloves — massage therapists should always wear them — along with either an AMT or AMP certification card that proves you’ve had at least 100 hours of training in massage techniques. If you’re not a certified therapist, make sure you get informed consent from each client first.
Step 2: Assemble the Parts
The massage table comes in three parts: a stand, a padded bed and a headrest. Assemble them according to your instructions. The pieces should snap or click together easily; if you run into trouble, review your instructions again for clarity. The most important thing to keep in mind is that all of these pieces have moving parts and must be set up correctly in order to function properly. If anything seems wobbly or unstable, take it apart and do it again until it feels right. That will save you headaches down the road!
Step 3: Prepare the Massage Table
Before you set up your massage table, make sure that it is clean and sanitary. Any debris or dust on a table can cause discomfort for both you and your client. With most tables, all you need to do is lightly dust them with an anti-bacterial duster or wipe down with an antiseptic cloth. Follow any instructions from your manufacturer regarding how to get rid of any stains or odors on your massage table as well. At most, you might want to use some bleach water (3 parts water: 1 part bleach) and wipe it down thoroughly afterwards. Some tables also have removable covers that can be cleaned at home using a machine washer. Take care when cleaning any massage tools to ensure they are not damaged!
Step 4: Take it Down
Once you’ve got your massage table set up, you may want to keep it that way so you can use it regularly. But if space is an issue, or if you don’t use it often enough to justify keeping a table set up all of the time, then take it down and put it away when not in use. Stow them in a closet or slide them under a bed. It takes very little time to remove and replace them for regular massage therapy sessions.
Step 5: Transport it Easily
Your massage table should be able to easily fold down and set up. Find a hard case that fits snugly around your portable massage table so you can transport it safely from your home to your clients’ homes. If you intend on taking it in your car, check that there is enough room for both you and your table when in folded form. Finally, decide how you are going to transport it. Some people use two separate bags for carrying their items – one for their massage oils, creams and products, another bag for their table.
Step 6: Final Assembly and Folding
At last, you’re ready to put your portable massage table together. Your body will appreciate it! This final assembly step should be a cinch—simply screw on both of your legs and boom, your portable massage table is complete. Then, fold it up for storage or transport if necessary. If you want to hang your portable massage table in between sessions at home, then we recommend using our Wall Storage Rack. It’s easy to install and holds up to 50 lbs! (Note: Make sure that any furniture you intend to place near your folding massage table will support its weight.) Our last advice? Consider investing in a Power Strip with an Extension Cord so that you have multiple outlets within reach when setting up shop on location!
Step 7: Use it Anywhere
You’ll likely want to use your massage table somewhere other than just your house, so you’ll want to make sure that it can easily be transported. This means that it should fit in a car and on most stairs, including those with tight corners. Pay close attention to how big or heavy your table is. The lighter it is, and smaller it is, the easier it will be to transport. While some people think a heavier table is better because of its stability, heavy tables often have wheels which make them easier to move anyway! If you plan on working in multiple places then keep an eye out for things like padding—it shouldn’t slide around on floors when not secured by clamps or Velcro straps.
Step 8: Safely Store it When Not in Use
If you’re using your massage table to provide a service, make sure it’s safe to use. You don’t want clients slipping off or tripping over your equipment! Use rubber-backed table pads and large safety mats to cover hardwood floors and reduce slip hazards. Avoid placing a portable massage table on a fabric surface unless you secure it with heavy furniture legs so it doesn’t slide around while in use. Consider storing your table on top of sturdy plastic crates—you can stack them if you have more than one table—to make transporting your equipment easier, safer and cheaper.
Step 9 : Extra Tips
There are some other things you can do to make your massage table even more comfortable, such as adding a memory foam pad. As well, you should always be sure to cover your surface with a protective cover so that it does not get damaged by heat or friction. Once you have gotten everything set up and are ready to start practicing, feel free to pull out our comprehensive guide on how to give a great professional massage. We hope these tips help you set up your portable massage table and get it ready for use!
When it comes to setting up a portable massage table, there are a few things you need to know first. First and foremost, follow all safety precautions when setting up your massage table for use. You’ll want to always ensure that you have someone else present when setting up or disassembling your portable massage table; never attempt to set it up or take it down by yourself. When assembling your portable massage table, only tighten screws as much as they need to be; over-tightening can strip screw holes and weaken joints in wood tables. Also, note that different brands of tables will vary slightly in their setup instructions; most models are universal, but some may require unique assembly tips.