When deciding what equipment you need to start your career as a massage therapist—whether that means finding employment or starting your own practice—consider some of the following basics:
Massage table, accompanied by the following accessories:
- Carts-for easy travel and to relieve the stress of carrying a table.
- Table covers to help protect your investment and keep your table in good shape
- Blankets-for client comfort
- Fleece pads
- Face cradle covers
- Bolsters and body cushion systems
- Cleaning agents
Practical considerations when choosing a table: Find a table that is comfortable, fits your body mechanics, taking into account both the height and width of the table. Additionally, make sure the table is adjustable for your height. A good rule of thumb is that your table should be right at your fingertips, or around the level of your wrist.
Utilize organic and non-chemical cleaning agents for your safety and client safety, and take advantage of neutral colors in tables, supplies and wall colors. This will help create a relaxing environment for you and your client.
Mats or massage chairs
Music: Here, think about the kind of environment you want to create. Softy, relaxing, melodic music is more likely to put your clients at ease and help them relax throughout the massage therapy session, so be cognizant of this idea when you choose music to use in your practice. Also, consider staying away from music that has lyrics, as clients (or you) might find that distracting.
Oils and creams/lotions: Be sure you have hypoallergenic and organic products on hand for those clients who might have skin sensitivities. If you use scented products, try to choose those that have a calming effect, such as lavender, chamomile or jasmine, for example. When possible, let clients choose the scent they’d like used during the massage.
Wall decorations: Again, think of how you want your clients to feel when they enter your space. Perhaps softer more neutral colors are better suited for your professional practice instead of bold, bright colors that might not be as calming.
Charts and anatomical supplies: You are going to want to be able to help clients better understand how massage therapy can benefit them, particularly if they’re coming to see you for a particular issue, like low-back pain or frozen shoulder. These supplies will help you illustrate what is going on, as well as how the massage session will help bring relief.
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