You already know that your body is not like everyone else’s. We are all unique in our form, and no single massage table can be ideal for everyone. This is why experienced massage therapists utilize cushions, pillows, blankets, and towels to cushion and support where needed. With your help, they can accomplish this to a great extent. If something doesn’t feel right, tell them.
There are two primary categories for all massage positioning:
When your client is in the supine position, they will be lying on their back with their head supported by a face cradle. This position is often used for a Swedish massage or other relaxation techniques.
The prone position is when your client is lying face down on the massage table. This position is often used for deep tissue massage or other targeted techniques.
In this article, we will explore a few positions you can lay comfortably in on the massage table:
Foot and Knee Bolstering: Your massage therapist most likely placed a bolster under your ankles and knees to support your legs while you were face down and face up, respectively. If you didn’t enjoy this, let them know so they can avoid doing it in the future.
Face Cradle: Most massage tables have a face cradle attached to the top. The face cradle supports your head and neck so you can relax fully. If you don’t like the face cradle, let your therapist know and they will adjust it or remove it altogether.
Breast Comfort: For anyone with breasts – large or small – it can be quite uncomfortable to lay face-down during a massage. Some massage tables are more accommodating, but all therapists can give you the support you need by using towels folded specifically to cradle your breasts. This way, you won’t have to endure the pain of feeling flattened against a table. Be sure to ask your therapist for this next time you’re on the table if it’s something you’re interested in trying. Chances are, they won’t assume that you want it otherwise.
Table Extensions: Table extensions may be used to expand massage tables. You’ve seen and felt this if you’ve been on my table, but perhaps you didn’t even realize it. I have a larger-than-average table so that you may take up as much room on the table as possible without having to worry about your arms.
Tips For First-Time Guests
Arrive 15 minutes early for your first massage therapy appointment to fill out a health history form. This will help the therapist understand any areas of concern and customize the massage accordingly.
What to Wear:
Massage is best enjoyed without clothing. You will be undressed and covered with a sheet during the massage. For your comfort, it is recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothing that can be easily removed.
What to Expect:
The therapist will lead you to a massage room and explain the type of massage and what will happen during the session. You will undress and lay on the massage table, underneath a sheet and blanket. The therapist will leave the room to give you privacy to undress. Once you are ready, lay down on the massage table face-up or face-down and cover yourself with the provided sheet and blanket.
Let the therapist know if the pressure is too light or too deep. If you have any pain, discomfort, or other concerns, please feel free to speak up at any time.
Try to clear your mind and focus on enjoying the massage. If you have any questions about the massage or what the therapist is doing, please ask.
After the Massage:
The therapist will leave the room so you can get dressed. Take your time getting up from the massage table, as you may feel lightheaded from the relaxation. Drink plenty of water to help flush out any toxins that were released during the massage. It is recommended that you avoid eating a heavy meal or drinking alcohol immediately after the massage.
Spa Etiquette And Rules
When you go to a spa, you are there to relax and rejuvenate. To make the most of your experience, it is important to follow spa etiquette. Here are some tips on how to act at a spa:
- Be respectful of other guests. This means keeping your voice down, not using your cell phone, and being considerate of others in the relaxation areas.
- Arrive on time for your appointment. This will help you and the other guests relax and not feel rushed.
- Be honest with your health history. This information is important for the therapist so they can customize the massage to your needs.
- Follow the therapist’s instructions. They are there to help you relax and will know what is best for you.
Popular Massage Table Myths
Here are some common myths about massage tables:
One size fits all: There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all massage table. Different techniques require different tables. For example, a Shiatsu massage would be done on a floor mat, while a Swedish massage would be done on a padded table.
The more expensive the table, the better the quality: This is not necessarily true. You can find high-quality tables at all price points. It is important to do your research to find the right table for you.
All tables are the same: This could not be further from the truth! There are different types of massage tables, each with its unique features. For example, some tables have heaters built in, while others have special padding for pregnant women.
The heaviest table is the best: A heavy table does not necessarily mean a better-quality table. Many therapists prefer lighter tables because they are easier to move around and position.
Now that you know the truth about massage tables, you can make an informed decision about which type of table is right for you.
Be sure to let your therapist know if you are uncomfortable at any point during the massage. They will adjust the table, sheets, or pillows to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. As a massage therapist, it is important to know how to lay on a massage table. This will ensure that your clients are comfortable and that you can massage them properly.