Discount massage tables that cost only a few hundred dollars might be good quality tables, if they are built well and come from a good massage table manufacturer. Finding them requires reading up on reviews of massage tables, and investigating the reputation of the manufacturer.
Although purchasing cheaper massage tables can be a great way to furnish a new massage therapy business, you must be careful. Cheaper is not always the best way to go for a professional piece of equipment that you will use everyday. You want a safe table for your clients, and for you!
What brand/manufacturer is best?
There are so many different brands of massage tables and it is impossible to know what you will need in a table when you are a new therapist.
Tables are purchased according to the type of massage therapy business and/or type of treatments you will provide. But, if you are a student or new therapist, it is best to purchase a portable table, because you do not know what your first massage job will be.
Types of massage tables
If you plan on having a table massage business doing out-calls, where you will be moving from place to place throughout the day, you want a lightweight, easy to "set up and take down" portable massage table.
If you only want to practice in a home office or salon setting (and you will never go out to do table massage), a stationary table is always nice. They tend to also be more plush and sturdy, giving the client a very safe, comfortable and secure feeling.
Electric massage tables are wonderful for their easy-to-adjust height, enabling the therapist to work at a level that is always comfortable, as well as making it easy for the client to get on and off the table. This is especially helpful for an elderly clientele.
Spas usually have either a stationary massage table or an electric massage table in their treatment rooms. Both tables provides stability and easy access for getting on and off. This is very important in any massage setting, but critical in a plush spa - where nothing should be difficult...especially getting on or off a table.
Cheap massage tables can be refurbished or rebuilt tables, so read the description carefully. Reputable companies have great, inexpensive tables, like Master Massage (read more about this company on their page link below), so you don't have to compromise and take risks with your client's safety.
Buying discount massage tables (or discontinued or refurbished table) may save you money now, but will it save money in the long run. Squeakiness and instability are two major issues with buying cheaper tables...and that is not relaxing, for you or your client. So, buy the best table that you can when first starting your practice.
Student table packages usually include a face rest, end plates, table sheets, table warmer, and a carrying case.
Discount massage tables included in packages may also include features like extra foam padding or unique upholstery. Some companies even offer their company's brand of laundry detergent for massage table sheets with a package purchase.
Many supply sources offer a Massage Table /Massage Chair package for a discounted rate, which is great for students or new therapists. Remember though, to always check Amazon and the massage table company website. The great thing about buying through Amazon, is that shipping is free! You are just going through a distributor to purchase.
Although the wooden frames are more popular, the lighter aluminum frames can also be reasonably priced. Aluminum frame tables are a good choice if you plan to have an out-call only business, as they are usually 2-3 pounds lighter than wood frames.
Used massage tables
Massage tables for sale by owner should be inspected underneath the table for loose or broken cords. Check the table's length, width and if the height of the table is easily adjustable. Inspect the headrest to make sure it still adjusts securely.
Inspect the material for tears. Ask the seller about the material, model and manufacturer of the table, and it's age. Ask if they have paperwork and a carrying case for the table.
New, discount massage tables are sometimes a better choice than buying from someone you don't know. You may be interested in reading about the five major manufacturers of tables.
Let other therapists who have "been there/done that" help you make your decision about which table to choose.
Read our top 3 massage table reviews and why you should know more about the companies that manufacture quality discount massage tables before you make a decision.