It can be a little tricky asking a group of independent massage therapists to give you their recommendations for “the best” massage table brand and model.
Why is that? Well, it’s not a black and white, clear cut kind of answer. There’s a lot of planning and shopping involved in finding the perfect massage table for you, and there are many factors that go into choosing the right one. How are you using it? Is your practice mobile, requiring a portable massage table? Or are you firmly planted in one location and rarely need to move your gear? What is your budget, and how soon do you need to purchase a table? Every massage therapist has their own favorite or “best” massage table.
We understand there’s no “One-size-fits-all” massage table out there, but we do have some recommendations for you! We polled a few of our experienced MT friends to ask them “what is the best massage table for independent massage therapists?” Here’s what we found:
1. Oakworks Wellspring
We had several Oakworks fans among the survey participants. The Wellspring table has several standout features including:
- Lightweight portability (27-29 lbs)
- Multiple options for height, width, and cushioning
- Sturdy, adjustable aluminum legs
2. Nirvana 2 in 1
Nirvana got a shout out for their 2 in 1 table. This massage table boasts superior comfort, especially for women due to their patented breast recess feature. Other features include:
- Deluxe cushioning, rounded corners
- Adjustable height, width options
- 33 pounds
3. Oakworks Nova
The Nova is the flagship model from Oakworks and got some high marks from some of the massage therapy students in our survey (it was their massage school’s brand of choice). AT 34 pounds, it’s definitely not the lightest table out there. The Nova features include:
- Very sturdy, hardwood frame
- Multiple padding options
- Bears some of the heaviest loads (550lb max)
Massage Warehouse has them for $415.
4. Pisces Productions
If you need a super light table, this is the one for you. The Pisces Pro New Wave II Lite is the lightest full size massage table on the market. Allissa Haines recommends it as the best lightweight tables around.
- Amazingly, just 20.5 pounds
- Tons of accessories and customization options
- High quality, innovative design
A basic New Wave II Lite start at $535 on their website.
EarthLite was given big props for their kick ass customer service. If you want a smooth purchase and great service, give them a try. Their best portable table is quite a bit heavier than some of the others, but they are more economical for those on a budget.
- 33-35 pounds
- Strong, sturdy hardwood with comfort features
- Full of options and eco-friendly materials
One of our participants encouraged people to really shop around and look for used tables, accessories, and gear. Sometimes you can find a great deal on Craigslist, eBay, or a clearance model on Amazon or Massage Warehouse.
We would love to know your favorite massage table brands and models. Post your reviews in the comments below!
Comments from original Massamio post:
While I LOVE my Earthlite Avalon, I recently purchased a (barely) used Oakworks One on Craigslist. I was very impressed, and I will definitely shop around when it’s time to replace my trusty Avalon! — Posted @ Friday, June 14, 2013 1:58 PM by Cynthia Given, LMT
I think its really good news for me because i like massage table. Massage table is very conformable for everyone who come from other city to get massage. — Posted @ Wednesday, July 03, 2013 2:38 AM by dalefieldse
Oakworks MAT and the Boss ..nothing in portable tables comes close . — Posted @ Friday, July 12, 2013 2:03 PM by Chris Beck
Oakworks tables are reliably made by happy employees in Pennsylvania. I visited the factory and met many of them. This is a company with integrity in how the move through the business world and how they build their tables. Come talk to me at the AMTA National Convention in Texas to learn more. Take it from a very old massage therapist. — Posted @ Sunday, September 01, 2013 11:53 AM by Taya Countryman LMP
Ah, serious advice here! Thanks! I’ve just started my business and was thinking of going for Zimma (see link below). What are your thoughts on that table? http://www.medicalexpo.com/prod/zimmer-medizinsysteme-70625.html — Posted @ Monday, October 07, 2013 8:35 AM by Allan