The 10 Best Massage Tables

Updated April 29, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If you're in the business of making people feel good, then check out our selection of massage tables. We've included models light enough for walk-up apartment buildings and some sturdier models perfect for permanent installation in spas. Most come with a range of accessories, such as face cradles and armrests, for maximum comfort. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best massage table on Amazon.

10. Merax 3-Section

If your top concerns are portability, versatility, and accessories, rather than weight capacity, elegance, and size, then the Merax 3-Section is a safe bet. It adjusts through a range of positions, comes with face and arm rests, and has an aluminum frame.
  • affordable entry-level option
  • foam isn't very thick
  • somewhat narrow at just 27 inches
Brand Merax
Model WF015763JAA
Weight 38.8 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

9. Saloniture Portable

An excellent value for amateurs, the Saloniture Portable is streamlined for easy carrying and can support up to 450 pounds. It comes with an adjustable headrest though it lacks a lift function and sacrifices some comfort for the low price.
  • includes a heavy-duty nylon case
  • adjustable height
  • not up to professional standards
Brand Saloniture
Model pending
Weight 45 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Master Massage Calypso

You wouldn't know it just from hefting it, but the ultralight Master Massage Calypso is rated for a maximum 750-pound capacity, which makes it a practical option for sports therapists and private practitioners whose clients need both flexibility and stability.
  • tough leg supports
  • 3-inch thick cushioning
  • too expensive for casual users
Brand Master Massage
Model 96001
Weight 42 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Earthlite Avalon XD

Provide a new level of comfort during your sessions with the Earthlite Avalon XD. It is versatile enough for all kinds of treatments, allowing you to have clients lie flat, sit up, or recline as needed, and it folds up into a carrying case to take on the go.
  • adjusts to a total of 23 positions
  • backed by a lifetime warranty
  • rather heavy to lift
Brand Earthlite
Model 61302PKG
Weight 41 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

6. Master Massage Harvey

When you're looking for a solid foundation on which to work your curative magic, without needing to make a ton of tricky adjustments, try the Master Massage Harvey. You'll find no fussy bells or whistles to get in the way or complicate matters.
  • firm easy-clean surface
  • double-thick nontoxic cushioning
  • face cradle sold separately
Brand Mt Massage Tables
Model pending
Weight 64 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Earthlite Harmony DX

Use the Earthlite Harmony DX on your clients and they'll enjoy new levels of relaxation, even in their own homes. It's easy for almost anyone to carry and set up, at just 34 lbs, and is made of eco-friendly materials, so it's also good for the planet.
  • face cradle is angle adjustable
  • upholstered by hand
  • reinforced hardwood corner blocks
Brand Earthlite
Model 67667PKG
Weight 43.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Master Massage Galaxy

Whether the ambient temperature in your treatment area is less than ideal, or you're using heat as a therapeutic element, your clients will appreciate the gentle surface warming available on the pack-and-go Master Massage Galaxy.
  • lower arm shelf
  • 3-inch-thick memory foam padding
  • pressure-relieving head cushion
Brand Master Massage
Model pending
Weight 57.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Sierra Comfort All-Inclusive

The full complement of accessories that come with the Sierra Comfort All-Inclusive can be stored inside the unit when folded up for transport. The armrests, face cradle, and arm supports are all removable, and there's an integrated towel hanger, too.
  • built-in oil and lotion pouch
  • comes with an all-cotton sheet
  • height can be adjusted as needed
Brand SierraComfort
Model RK-IO6F-YA6L
Weight 40.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Master Massage Supreme LX

In addition to an exceptionally elegant look and feel, the Master Massage Supreme LX incorporates a design feature that makes it uniquely versatile for a portable unit: a Shiatsu cable release, which enables it to be used either flat on the floor or in an elevated position
  • double-thick reiki leg panels
  • ergonomic dream face cradle
  • 750-lb capacity
Brand Master Massage
Model pending
Weight 56.4 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Earthlite Sedona

Where there's a need for ongoing treatment and a dedicated space for it, the Earthlite Sedona is the way to go. It comes in several colors and sizes in your choice of a lie-flat, manual-lift or pneumatic-tilt top, on a trestle base or with a shelf or cabinet underneath.
  • plush and hard-wearing upholstery
  • lifetime warranty on frame
  • adjustable height
Brand Earthlite
Model 19820
Weight 204 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

What Do I Need to Consider Before Purchasing a Massage Table?

The first thing to consider before purchasing a massage table is whether you'll need that table to be stationary or portable. Most portable tables weigh less than 50 lbs, and they're collapsible, which renders a portable table a bit more flimsy than its counterparts. The biggest advantage to owning a portable table is that a masseuse can make house calls. The biggest limitation is that a portable table may not appear as reassuring, or antiseptic, to a lot of clients. The point being that most professional masseuses prefer to own a stationary table, regardless of whether they keep a portable table on hand for special calls.

A stationary massage table should be stable, and sturdy, weighing between 40-150 lbs. A stationary table should feature 2-3 inches of padding (preferably memory foam) beneath a smooth layer of upholstery that is constructed out of polyurethane or leather. The majority of stationary tables feature a solid wood or metal base (metal bases are adjustable). An average table measures 4-6 ft long by 2-3 ft wide, with a flexible back pad and a face pillow. If a table features armrests, you may want those rests to be detachable. Armrests tend to get in the way when clients are lying face-down.

Assuming that you're interested in a stationary table, it's worth investing in a model that comes with a lower-deck shelf (for storage). In addition, you'll want a table's upholstery to be water-proof, oil-proof, hypoallergenic, and bacteria-resistant. The more expensive a table is, the more you'll want that table to come with a warranty. It's difficult to gauge a table's usefulness until you've had an opportunity to see how a handful of your customers respond.

Several Keys to Providing a Soothing Atmosphere for Massage

A massage studio is only as successful as its ability to welcome clients. With that in mind, a masseuse should strive to create an atmosphere where every client feels at ease. The first key to achieving this is ensuring that the premises remain antiseptic. A massage studio needs to be cleaned, dusted, and mopped on a continual basis. Tables need to be wiped down and sanitized, and tables should also have a sheet placed over them whenever they are not being used.

Certain masseuses prefer to play ambient music in their studios, while others prefer to give each client the option of choosing his or her own music from a laptop, playlist, or iPod. The more tranquil the practice, the more a masseuse might veer toward silence. It's worth noting that an air conditioner or the constant hum of a fan can be used to drone out any disruptive sounds or unavoidable noise.

Short of the reception area, the lighting in a massage studio should be muted, with each massage station providing just enough visibility that the effect won't seem off-putting. Drapes should be closed and blinds should be drawn. You want each client to drift into a stress-free state of bliss, as opposed to getting distracted by passing shadows along the wall.

In terms of paneling and decor, you want to avoid any "loud" colors. The walls and furniture should feature moderate tones, with shades of white and brown throughout. Wherever possible, use walls as opposed to curtains. Curtains make a massage studio feel like a hospital, and that, in turn, makes every client feel like a patient.

A thermostat is one of the most critical features of any massage studio. A studio should always feel comfortable, which means keeping the temperature warm during the winter, and cold during the summer. Make limited use of potpourri or other manufactured scents, as some of these may not agree with your customers.

The crown jewel of any massage studio is its tables, which is why the upholstery on these tables should appear smooth and clean, if not immaculate, at all times.

A Brief History of Massage

The earliest evidence that massage existed comes by way of ancient cave drawings, and, subsequently, artistic etchings. Subsequent records confirm that certain forms of foot, hand, and back massage were practiced as a form of pain relief (particularly for soldiers) throughout Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Japan, India, Greece, and Rome.

During the 3rd Century, BCE, the Chinese compiled a printed history of their medical practices known as the Huangdi Neijing (aka "The Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon"). This text included more than three dozen references to back, foot, neck, and body massage, with the majority of these references recommending massage as an effective means of alleviating pain.

It was around this period that a guru named Shivago Komarpaj created the first official form of Thai massage. Komarpaj devised a holistic regimen of therapeutic treatments based on acupuncture, reflex mechanics, muscle development, acupressure, and early forms of yoga. Komarpaj's research and methodology gained widespread acclaim after he began to treat the Buddha.

In 581, CE, China instated massage therapy as a part of its imperial curriculum, meaning that massage would be studied, performed, and prescribed by medical students and licensed physicians throughout that country, and a number of its surrounding regions.

Europe's elite employed massage as a form of stress relief throughout the Middle Ages. A few centuries later, a Swedish gym instructor named Pehr Henrik Ling developed his own form of massage based on relaxing, and then re-energizing, the upper-most layer of soft tissue. Ling's methods became so renowned among therapists, professional trainers, and coaches that by the end of the 1800s, the term Swedish Massage had been born.

Today, massage is more popular than it has ever been. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American consumers spend $6 billion a year on massage services, a figure which might seem ironic given that massage is customarily associated with the Eastern regions of the world.

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Last updated on April 29, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience—with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist—she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new.

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