A massage table is a horizontal piece of furniture that massage therapists use to perform their work. Just like any other piece of equipment, massage tables need to be cared for and maintained regularly. This ensures the longevity of your investment and extends the life of your table.
Proper cleaning will also help prevent bacteria, mold, mildew, or dust mites from accumulating on the surface of your table over time. In this article, I will discuss how to dress a massage table. So let us get into the core discussion.
A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How to Dress a Massage Table
1. Make a list of all the equipment and supplies you will need to do this job. There are many ways to skin a cat, so this may vary from person or place to place. I have listed my tools for dressing a table from head to toe, including disposable items, because it’s just how I roll! The supplies you use should reflect your particular style and budget restrictions, so please feel free to alter them as needed.
I like carrying everything in a rolling suitcase with a retractable handle (the one thing they don’t tell you on infomercials is that the cheap plastic wheels break off easily)
Rolling Suitcase – Make sure it has retractable handle 3/4″ Flannel Sheets (no top sheet, just the top) 1/4″ Flannel Sheets 1 Plastic or Velcro sheet cover Top Sheet (not a fitted sheet, a flat sheet that hangs to the floor. I find it easier to move around if it covers both sides of the table and does not have to be perfectly positioned after lathering up a client) Pillows for Neck Support under head pillow Scalp Massage Mitts used as Towels Oil Containers – these come 3/4 full from supplier 5-gallon Buckets with Lids for Hot Water Linen Hangers Table Cloth Drying Rack
A suitcase filled with supplies for dressing massage table
2. Figure out where you are going to position your table. If you use one of those cheap, plastic massage tables with the rigid metal handle in the middle of the head end, you will need to remove it. If it is removable, consider packing it with your supplies and keep a spare on hand for people who forget theirs. Most people do not want to be parted from their handles, so I leave these intact and remove my own.
If there is no removable handle on your table, simply flip the table over and unscrew it from one side or both, depending on which way you prefer to orient your client as they face away from you.
3. Unfold the bottom sheet. Make sure it is flat and that the corners are not tucked under. Next, fold it in half along its length with the fold at the top (like you would fold a letter to put into an envelope). Never tuck sheet corners under, as this will cause bumps on your client’s back!
4. Lay down the plastic or velcro cover. Most people prefer to use one of these because they can be hosed off after each client and not be laundered. This is probably more sanitary than cotton sheets, especially if you are working out of your home, but make sure you change them between customers and let them dry completely before putting them away (heat kills germs!). I like using a vinyl table cloth, but some massage therapists choose to go without a cover.
5. Lay down your folded sheet. Tuck in the top corner at the head ends about 12-18″. Flip the table over onto its side and reach under to grab that corner and pull it through. Then flip it back over, open the other side and do the same thing. When you are done, you should have what looks like a giant “X” on your table. Go ahead and fold up the four corners by bringing one in from each diagonal towards the center, so they all meet at the middle of the table surface. You may now want to go ahead and put an oil rub or lotion on your hands, as this next step can be a bit stickier than sticking them under a rock.
6. Place pillows under the head pillow.
7. Pick up a roll of flannel and bring it into position at the foot end, overhanging about 12 inches on either side. Tuck one side in the underfoot end, then tucks the other side in. Repeat with back roll placing it diagonally across the upper portion of the table with hanging corners on each side. You will probably need to make some adjustments as you go along to get these looking nice and straight, but this is what I start with.
8. Make sure your top sheet is unfolded flat across both sides of the table (no lumps!), with the bottom tucked under all sides except for one corner at the foot end that can be folded around to your body where you are standing or left loose (not tucked underneath). When you flip it over to do this, ensure that the seams match up both on your left and right sides. This may mean flipping the sheet back over either once or more than once if you need to keep adjusting as you go along.
I hope you have obtained all the necessary information regarding how to dress a massage table. Always use clean materials before you start messaging. Thank you and have a nice day!
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