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August 17, 2006

My Massage Table

My massage table celebrates it's 9th birthday this month. I got a Stronglite student package included as part of my tuition through my massage school. It included a carrying case, a bolster and a face cradle. If I had my choice today, I would like a table with dual action adjustment, an arm rest, and openings on both ends of the table where I could comfortably slide my legs when I perform craniosacral therapy.

My table has held up very well over the years. I have only had a small separation of the vinyl where a particularly heavy client propped themselves on their elbows. Over the years the vinyl has stiffened with the use of a cleaning solution I use between each client. I just turned the table and now use the other end as the head of the table.

Generally, the vinyl covering has a 5-year warranty while the actual table is expected to have a longer life. My table is made of wood. There was much debate in our classroom about the advantages and disadvantages of wood or metal. The greatest complaint about a wood table is that it will creak and squeak over time. My table, even after nine years, does not do that except when the client is climbing on the table.

Do I plan to purchase another table soon? Probably not. My table still holds up well under the rigors of daily use. I may consider sending it off to have the vinyl replaced at some point, but not until the side I now use as the head splits as well. Any suggestions for a cleaning solution that doesn't degrade the vinyl?

Posted by linda at August 17, 2006 11:18 AM

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