How To Choose a Good Massage Table

Massage therapy is becoming increasingly popular, meaning that more massage tables are needed because more people are coming to understand all the benefits of massage. A massage table and a pair of hands are the only tools a massage therapist needs. Both you and your clients need a table that is comfortable or you won’t be able to perform a good massage. This article will look at certain factors you have to keep in mind when you are shopping around for a massage table.


One of the first and most important factors to consider is the strength of your table. That’s why, even though you have to keep your budget in mind, you don’t necessarily want to buy the very cheapest table you can find. Purchasing a well constructed table is the best way to ensure many years of good use regardless of the weight you put on it regularly. You want a table that has acceptable weight limits, be sure to watch that. Be sure you are getting a good warranty in case something goes wrong.

An elementary option you will have to decide on is whether the massage table will have an adjustable back rest or be flat. Depending on the types of massage you practice, being able to lift and lower the backrest can be beneficial. You might want your client sitting up for some of the session instead of lying down. Some of your clients might also need to ensure their back is at a certain angle, due to physical problems. In general, a table with a lifting back rest will give you more options, so this is something to consider when you buy a massage table.

Even if you desire a new massage table, if you simply can’t afford it, you can always opt for a used one that’s in a decent state. In this case, you will probably want to make it a local purchase or the cost of transport will make it as expensive as a new table. Sites like Craigslist are a great place to look for ads that are from your local area. The local newspaper also publishes classified ads, so you should check it, as well as any other publications.

There might even be someone advertising the sale of a second-hand massage table on bulletin boards in health food stores. Picking the perfect massage table may be time-consuming since you should check out various sites and catalogs, it isn’t too difficult. Things will be easier for you the more you know about what is available on the market. This article contains important information about massage tables, but you still need to look for a table that’s both within your budget and fits well within your practice.…

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Tips For New Massage Therapists

A simple Google search for the word “massage” makes one thing clear – there are tons of articles and information for a customer or a person who is going to receive a massage. But finding out good information for a masseuse is hard luck. There are very few articles and fewer still among them are genuine.

So it is not surprising that a new masseuse often finds himself at a loss if he wants to learn more about the trade than what has been taught to him. This article is an attempt to help you if you are new to the trade or if you want to polish your existing skills, or if you are simply interested in a massage.

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There are so many kinds of massages that bringing them under one article is well-nigh impossible. But we can at least attempt to make a small list of must-have items that you can keep handy to ensure that your business prospers. Take a look here –

The one product that has made it to the top list of almost all massage therapists due to its versatility and its cost effectiveness is the CyroCup. Unlike the usual plastic cup that needs to discarded after each use, CyroCup is reusable. That makes is environment friendly and also helps you save money instead of spending upon one cup for each client. Additionally, it comes with a ring on top that makes for a great grip during deep massages.

Poultices are a must have for every massage business. They come with a variety of herbs and provide an interesting alternative to the traditional heat application. The ball helps to put in more pressure while maintaining soft surface, while the stem or the handle helps to guide the ball to the exact pressure points.

Glass cups which help in the massage technique of cupping are used by a large number of athletes. They work by using a flame to empty the air out the glass cup so that an area of vacuum is created. However, cupping is a highly complex method of massage and must be performed only by those who have been professionally trained in it.

Hot Packs are a basic that every massage centre should have. Most of them are microwaveable and with a little care, are easy to maintain and last for years. While using them, it is important to remember to never use them on the bare skin of the customer. Apart from the fact that there is a risk of burn injury; you might also end up harming your hot pack. The oils, sweat, or even the massage cream which gets minuscule deposits may build up over the years and lead to slow degeneration of your product. Instead, always use a soft cloth or a pillow case to wrap it in.

Stones – both hot and cold are very much in fashion and are an important part of any massage salon. Different sets of basalt stones that are heated in water are used for hot stone massage. It is also advisable to have a bowl of cool water nearby to ensure that the stones are not overheated before they are placed on the client. Cold stones, made from marble or quartz are also used in massage, especially for inflamed muscle or to soothe puffiness of face in facial massage.

With the help of these tools and armed with knowledge, it shall be easy for anyone to perform a good massage. The job of a massage therapist is hard, but the availability of correct set of tools make all the difference about the experience that one can provide to the client.…

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Visiting a massage therapist? Things to know!

The moment we think about a relaxing massage, a lot of us are transported into a completely different world. The aroma, the relaxation, and a sense of comfort fills us. We can almost feel the pressure knots untying themselves and the stress leaving our body.

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But, for a lot of people, massage is not that simple. They are awed by the atmosphere and at a loss of understanding about the behaviour that is expected from them. In fact, this lack of knowledge prevents many individuals from getting that much needed massage.

So what are the things that you should know or should remember to say or ask your massage therapist? Find your guide below:

If you are getting a massage done for the first time, it will help you to remember that the small cradle is meant for your face. You are supposed to be lying face down with your face in the face cradle. Many massage centres also have a small bolster which goes under your ankles when face down and under your knees when face up.

Most massage beds are equipped with a top sheet, a bottom sheet, and sometimes also a blanket. You are supposed to be lying under the blanket and top sheet but above the bottom sheet. Ignorance of this simple detail may lead to a lot of unnecessary embarrassment.

Temperatures are usually kept cooler in the massage room because all that massage and the essential oil rubbing can make up feel the heat. But if at any point in time, you feel that you cannot enjoy the massage because you are either feeling too hot or too cold; absolutely bring it to the notice of the masseuse. Temperature regulation is not a big deal, and your comfort is much more important.

If you have as cold or have a physical ailment that may cause you to feel uncomfortable or stuffy, do not go in for a massage. Massage can act as a catalyst to your existing symptoms, and you will also be doing a great disservice to the others by exposing the masseuse and the place to your germs.

Do let the massage therapist know if anything hurts. While discomfort may be a part of massage, especially when working with problem muscles; pain is not. Massage therapists say that on a scale of 1 to 10, they always want their clients to let them know when the threshold crosses 6. No massage should be painful.

If you have muscle pain, understand that it did not come in a day or in an hour. It is a result of years of a particular position of seating or travelling or any other action. Expecting the massage therapist to take care of it and undo the problem in a one hour session is unfair.

Your massage therapist is educated in their field and know their job. So when they make suggestions to you, listen to them. Normally, most massage therapists are nice enough to suggest some stretches that you can do regularly to help your body relax.

Most importantly; remember to ask, ask, and ask. There is nothing wrong about asking questions and wanting to know so that you are well prepared before the massage. It is your right to be aware of what to expect so that you have a pleasurable and relaxing massage.

The massage therapist cannot know what your likes and dislikes are, but you can help them by voicing your preferences so that your time is valuable in very sense. If you keep these simple tips in mind, it is assured that you shall never face anxiety about your massage sessions.…

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Sciatic Pain Triggers

The very thought of sciatic pain can make many of us have nightmares. And why not, when this pain is as irritating as it is common. Ranging from pain levels of slight discomfort to seriously debilitating movement, sciatica affects a lot of people but its prime target is the age group between 25-50 years.

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Sciatica typically refers to the dull aching pain; which sometimes takes a sharp, shooting form due to the pressure it puts on the sciatic nerve. The pain originates from the lumbar regions and radiates down to the leg and the foot often causing numbness and weakness in its wake.

Sciatica has a variety of risk factors like age, excessive weight gain, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, strenuous physical activities etc. The moving out (slipping) of the soft, gel filled disc which acts as a cushion and separates our vertebrae, or it’s rupture; (commonly referred to as slipped disc and herniated disc respectively) are among the other known causes of sciatica. Another significant cause of sciatica is the Piriformis Syndrome, where the piriformis muscle puts pressure on the sciatic nerve causing an individual to experience numbness and pain in the affected leg.

While in case of a slipped or ruptured disc, there isn’t much hope because it is a lifelong condition; there is still good news if your sciatic pain is because of the piriformis muscle. Massage therapy can help quite significantly in the latter case and goes a long way in helping the patient deal with the pain.

The piriformis is a powerful deep rotator muscle for the leg; and hence, when tight due to pressure, it cause discomfort and pain by trapping in the sciatic nerves. Relief can be brought about by deep vein and powerful massage movements that help to release the trigger points. The massage therapist may also try to stretch and lengthen the muscle and use ice to help with the inflammation – all of which alleviates pain which is caused by the piriformis.

Another trigger point of sciatic pain can be the gluteal muscles, most of which radiate down to the leg. Deep tissue massage of the gluteus maximus, gluteus minimus, and the quadratus muscles helps in this case. The idea is to apply friction and release the trigger points so that the pain can be alleviated.

However, during this kind of massage, an individual should be careful to note that there might be some level of discomfort. Since the muscles are being stretched, they will protest. A good idea is to have a good understanding about what to expect before going forward with such kind of massages. But like any decent massage therapist will tell you, most sciatic pain relieving massages involve a certain degree of discomfort; but never pain.

An individual should be able to differentiate between the two and should promptly inform the masseur if at any time he feels that the discomfort has travelled beyond his pain threshold limits. Massage is all about relieving the pain, not causing it.…

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Massage for Atrophied Muscles

I don’t know about you, but I remember seriously studying about atrophied muscle after being terribly infatuated with the character of Gregory House, the protagonist from the medical drama series called House, MD.

With time though, I could bid farewell to the infatuation but the knowledge (thankfully) remained! The essence was simple – muscle atrophy in simplest of terms can be put down as a decline of the muscle mass and strength. It can cause substantial pain, and at times, even restrict a person’s movement severely.

Over the years, muscle atrophy has kept me interested, especially now that I realise how common it has become given our sedentary lifestyles. We eat more and we move less. We have almost no flexibility of schedule and 30 minutes of weekly gymming makes us feel that we have earned the right to load up our body with crap.

But the worst of it all, is that we are living in denial. I will give you an example. Close your eyes and loudly say the words muscle atrophy. What is the first image that comes to your mind? An elderly? Someone with sunken cheeks or stooping shoulders? Something close to that image, yes? See, herein lies our problem. We are living in the belief that atrophy is something that affects the old and the weak.

A mid-40s guy thinks – I rush from 8 in the morning till late in the evening. I participate in weekly games, take my kids out, go to parties, attend meetings and I am forever running from one job to another. Yes, I may be fat but I am flexible. Muscle atrophy cannot affect me.

Unfortunately for us, atrophy doesn’t work that way. In fact, post age 30, most of us lose as much as 5% muscle mass every decade. That is an alarming number. But we have hope. While we cannot really fight muscle denegation, we can definitely slow it down and also provide relief with the help of massage.

For starters, massage helps provide the requite exercise that is needed to the disused muscles that have atrophied. This increases blood supply and provides nutrition to the muscle tissue that helps the blood vessels and decreases the congestion.

Another huge benefit of massage is that the increased blood flow which automatically means more red blood cells leads to the increase in the metabolism of the local muscle tissue. This will help in optimising the muscle growth and delay the process of atrophy. Though massage cannot arrest atrophy completely, this ability to defer it is certainly good news for those affected.

It is true that massage has no direct contribution in strengthening atrophied muscle. But its ability to reduce inflammation through increase in circulation that results in impingement on peripheral nerves is definitely a step towards the positive. Delayed atrophy is better than atrophy now. And at the end of the day; progress, however insignificant it may seem, is still a step forward than being stuck in the same condition.…

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