The 8 Massage Table Accessories You Don’t Know You Need
Now that you know what are some of the best massage table for sale in the market, you may want to find out how you can improve your massage quality.
Yes, with the right massage table accessories, you can elevate the whole massage experience not just for your clients, but for yourself as well.
Why Massage Table Accessories Are Necessary
Unlike massage chairs, massage tables are not as equipped with different features and functionalities.
Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, because you actually have more room and flexibility to play around with now in terms of customizing your very own massage options.
Let us give you an example - do not have the budget for a massage table inbuilt with heat? Get a massage table warmer separately.
Compared to a massage chair, there is nothing you can do if it does not come with heating function. You are pretty much stuck with the functions of the chair you bought so you either live with it, or upgrade to a new one with heat - as simple as that.
Massage table accessories do not stop at just the table warmers though. There are plenty of other accessories to play around, some of which we will review in depth below.
While you don't necessarily HAVE TO include massage table accessories in your routine, you will WANT TO because it gives you that extra edge - elevating your clients' experience - in this otherwise competitive industry.
Massage Table Heating Pad
This is an additional pad you put on top of your massage table.
It radiates heat, which in turn penetrates deep into the muscles thus loosening up tension, stiffness and pain - common symptoms that plagued many nowadays as a result of long hours of sitting and stagnation.
Out of all that's available, here are the top three that we would recommend:
Coming from what many deem the best massage table brand, Earthlite has a series of massage table accessories that are widely used across by massage therapists. From heating pads to massage oils, the choices are aplenty.
There are altogether 4 massage heating pads the brand has under its line but the best massage table warmer, in our opinion, is its Deluxe 1" Premium Fleece Heating Pad.
To start off, it is 1" thick and this, is double the thickness of most standard fleece heating pads.
Not only is it comfortable for clients to lie on, it being fleece also means it is warmer than other materials. Elastic corner straps ensure it is held securely in place and won't slide around.
The highlight though, has to be its digital controller. This means you get to control heat and timing to that of 1 degree and half an hour increment respectively, which is something others fail to provide as most are only pre-programmed.
The temperature is set for extended contact with sensitive human skin only, meaning you will need the isolation of a human body lying atop it to be able to feel the heat. An automatic shut off timer is embedded for safety purpose.
Definitely one of the best massage table heating pads, the Earthlite Massage Table Warmer is one that we'd highly recommend.
An Amazon’s Choice, the Standard Massage Table Warmer from Therapist’s Choice is another widely recognized best massage table warmer in the industry.
Not a surprise there, considering Therapist’s Choice is a registered trademark of the Clinical Health Services Inc. which is reputable for its quality massage accessories.
This is also a fleece-top massage table heating pad that provides better insulation compared to the cotton material. It too has elastic corner straps to keep it in place although its power cord is 1ft shorter than the Earthlite's.
What's different, is that this one here has pre-programmed heating that is set in 5 settings, with the maximum temperature being approximately 88 degrees F.
And instead of setting the time yourself, there are 4 timer settings (hourly from 1- 8 hours) for you to choose. Likewise, there is automatic overheat protection system installed for safety purposes.
The Giantex Massage Table Warmer is the third heating pad we want to talk about.
If fleece is not something you fancy, this will be right up your alley.
This massage table heating pad is 100% polyester so it is heat-proof but best of all, it can be easily washed.
Because of its material, it dries up pretty fast so you can keep it hygienic all the time without any down time.
It does not have as many heat settings (3 only) as Therapist's Choice, though its maximum can reach 140 degrees F. Similarly, there is automatic overheat protection to prevent any overheating.
It does have one shortfall, and that is its connection cord is only 1.6ft. Compared to the usual 10+ feet, this is considerably short so keep in mind you will have to set your table quite near to a power source.
Nevertheless, the Giantex is the lightest out of all (thanks to its material!) so if you are a massage therapist on-the-go, we think you will love this one a lot.
Massage Table Pad
Even if you don't get a heating pad, you will want to get a normal massage table pad. Some call it a table topper - it means the same thing - but yes, a massage table pad is an essential accessory in any masseuse's kit.
It protects your massage table, keep things clean for your client as well as create a more comfortable and cozy space for your client.
Here’s our picks.
The 2" thickness works wonders in enhancing comfort level. If your clientele leans more towards back pain/soreness ailments, this is an excellent choice because it reduces pressure by contouring to your client's individual body shape.
If you have a rather old table but you are not ready to switch it out yet, this massage table pad will be a good choice to provide the perfect coverage to an otherwise old and battered table surface top.
The Therapist Choice is on the luxury level but we think it is worth every penny - as is most users given the close to perfect rating score it has received. It has a cheaper alternative in fleece version (also an Amazon's Choice) though, so that's another option you can consider.
Body Linen is a lesser known brand, nonetheless, it doesn’t discount the fact that it is an excellent product.
Unlike most massage table pads, this one here is extra soft and fluffy, thanks to it being innovatively quilted.
Despite that, it is able to hold its shape well so it performs somewhat similar to that of a memory foam.
The material is microfiber fleece, which gives it better durability and easier laundering. Most importantly, it doesn’t shed anywhere near as much as typical poly fleece pads so there is no mess coming out of the dryer or while your put it on the table.
Now, this is an incredible feat because shedding has long been a key frustration point for standard polyester fleece table pads. Since it launders without degrading, you don’t need to be afraid to launder this pad frequently. Also, it dries faster.
The Body Linen Abundance Deluxe Quilted Fleece Massage Table Pad Set fits all standard massage tables up to 34" x 76" and it comes in a set that includes both pad and face cradle cover. Yep, all for the price of one. We’d say that is a pretty good deal!
If you do not wish to spend so much on a massage table pad, you can consider the Saloniture Fleece Massage Table Pad and Face Cradle Set.
Similar to Body Linen, you'll get an additional face cradle cover in addition to the table pad at the price of one.
Instead of microfiber fleece, this one here uses a 460 GSM dense polyester faux fur material - a particular blend that is soft yet incredibly durable with a high density and hypo-allergenic low pile design.
It sheds a bit though, unfortunately, which is something unavoidable with this kind of material. However, it does have the ability to provide substantial warmth during the massage session as well as allowing cool breathability in the summer so this is one for year-round use.
We suggest gentle machine washing it and use a low-heat tumble to dry after for best results. Alternatively, you may hang it to dry as well.
Massage Table Sheets
Instead of a massage table pad, some people prefer using massage table sheets instead.
Either way, they work well - as long as there is a protective layer between your client and your table upholstery for hygienic purposes, it will be fine.
Whichever you go for is up to your preference, although we do have to say that massage pads are generally more comfortable as they are thicker and plusher.
For the best value buy, you will want to get the Saloniture 3-piece Flannel Massage Table Sheet Set.
This is a complete set consisting a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and a face cradle cover.
All sheets are made of 100% cotton flannel and are double-brushed to make them extra soft and comfortable.
The natural fiber sheets stand up to repeated washings so you can maximize your investment all while keeping your space looking great.
Not just that, but natural fiber threads allow for easier removal of the unavoidable lotion, creams and massage oil stains as well.
What makes this sheet set stands out from the rest is that it uses a unique weave to give it a lightweight feel.
This is why the substantial 150 GSM material doesn’t transpire onto its weight, something really thoughtful as you do not want to carry any extra weight when you’re on the go.
Sized to fit almost all massage tables with rounded or square corners (a perfect fit for its portable massage table), the fitted sheet slips on easily with a stretchy elastic bound and stays in place snugly.
The ForPro Premium Flannel Sheet 3-Piece Set is another flannel sheet set you can consider.
Also made of 100% 150gsm pure cotton, it comes in 8 colour choices in a 3-piece set that includes a fitted sheet, a flat sheet and a fitted face rest cover.
Resembling the Saloniture in many ways, the ForPro is designed to sustain repeated washing and is also double brushed so that lotions, creams and oil stains can be quickly removed.
The key difference lies in their sizes - this one here is 3 and 4 inches wider and longer respectively than the former's fitted sheet, whilst its flat sheet is 2 inches wider.
The Deluxe set increases your client’s comfort with its plush 1” thick woolly synthetic fleece fabric, as compared to the basic set’s 0.5”.
Of course, this would mean you’re paying slightly more for it, however, we think the extra comfort level is worth it. Nonetheless, if you live in a warmer climate, the basic set may be enough.
As with all Earthlite products, this sheet set comes with a one-year warranty as well so if there is anything you are not satisfied, you can return it with no questions asked.
Disposable Face Sheets
While we're at it, you may want to get disposable face sheets too.
These provide a protective layer between your client and your table's upholstery, keeping them safe and sanitary. They are convenient, hygienic and most importantly, very affordable.
You can get any brand you want as they are more or less the same, however, there is this one extra-value package that we HAVE TO recommend to you:
They are these ones from Earthlite which come in packs of 100 (also available in 200) and they are probably the most well-known/used disposable face sheets by masseuses across.
Understandably so, as a pack of them cost slightly under $15 - that’s less than 20 cents per sheet!
It's not just about the price - the fact that they are made of medical-grade fiber material that gives them an ultra soft, thick and non-sticking touch is the reason why these face sheets are so popular.
Hypoallergenic, they are nice to touch and feel luxurious on the skin unlike some that feels like paper. This is of particular importance because trust us, you do not want sheets that leave face wrinkles on your clients’ forehead and face.
Another thing that we like about these disposables is that they conform to any shape, therefore fitting almost all massage table headrest and facerest cushions. If you'd like an even better fit, you can get their fitted version here which has an elastic trim so there is no need for any tearing or punching of holes.
Packed in a resealable pack to keep them safe from moisture and open air contamination, the Earthlite disposables are really hard to beat because in terms of ease and convenience, they just save you so much time and energy.
If you prefer the traditional type of cotton flannel face sheets, we will recommend the London Linens Cotton Flannel Fitted Face Cradle Cover.
They come in packs of 4 and 10 and there are 7 colours available to choose from, including in black which seems to be exclusively offered only by the brand as we do not see it anywhere else.
They are also some of the thickest face sheets we can find in the market - once you hold it in your hands, you can immediately feel the difference.
This is because it uses top of the line 165 GSM 100% natural cotton, which is the highest weight in the whole industry giving it an extra luxurious feel to it.
Fitted and hand crafted to fit most face cradles in the market, they are suitable even for those with fleeced under pad or memory foam.
Even though they may be more expensive than disposables (15 cents as compared to $3 per item), the London Linens Cotton Flannel Fitted Face Cradle Cover is durable for commercial use and is able to last many washes so the extra penny paid is not wasted.
What’s mentioned above are essentials that you will need to get for your massage journey - for hygiene purpose, for comfort level.
Next, we are going to explore some of the nicher accessories - things that you think you may not need, or even know exist.
Let’s start off with the pregnancy market.
However, you don't necessarily need to get a pregnancy massage table in all instances, especially if you have more of a flexible clientele base.
There are some items that you can get to attach to your existing table and voila, it's turned into one that your pregnant clients can lie safely and comfortably in.
You see, where you really need adjustments for a pregnant client is the stomach and chest areas.
The Therapist's Choice Pregnancy Full Body Bolster Package provides just that with the following items included:
- adjustable face cradle
- removable chest cushion
- pelvic support
- leg bolsters
- side armrests
- carry case
You can use them all in one go or select just a few separately depending on your client's needs. Be it in a face-down or face-up position, this kit provides just the right support at the right places.
It's not only for pregnant clients - if you have clients who can't lie comfortably on their stomachs, this will provide an ideal cushioning system.
While it may not be the cheapest investment, we think its versatility is worth it. It's still cheaper than buying a full-on pregnancy massage table!
We’re seeing quite a bit of Earthlite products here, aren’t we? Told you they’re one of the most reputable manufacturers when it comes to massage table accessories.
This patented pregnancy massage cushion and headrest comes in two colours and is designed for people who can’t lie comfortably on their stomach.
Yep, not just those that are pregnant, but for clients who need support during face-down massage sessions such as those with bigger bellies, breasts or those that suffer from lower back problems.
As pictured, you can see it has a tapered stomach recess that provides amply support in the tummy space. Different from Therapist's Choice, this is one item by itself - you can lay it atop your table, alternatively, you can lay it on the floor or even on a mattress.
The downside is that it is rather bulky hence, not easy to pack. Portability wise, it may not be the best especially for petite women.
Having said that, the Earthlite pregnancy massage cushion and headrest is a popular choice amongst healing professionals such as massage therapists, spas and medi-spas, chiropractors and physical therapists.
Massage Hot Stones
An alternative to providing heat other than using a massage table heating pad is through the use of massage hot stones.
Both work quite differently in the way they emit heat though. Massage hot stones target heat on specific spots on the body while the pad has its spread out evenly across the whole surface. One is only on body parts that really need it, while the whole body (those that get in touch with the pad surface area) gets it for the other.
Now, hot stone therapy is not something new - spas across the world has been using this technique for years. They have evolved quite substantially though over the years, both in quality and technology. Here are 2 recommendations:
The Serene Life Portable Massage Stone Warmer Set is the epitome of convenience and functionality in one whole package.
This electric hot stone massage warmer set comes in a lightweight, energy efficient stylish storage/travel bag case that doubles as a stone heater oven.
Designed in a flat, round and smooth shape, these 12 stones are made of basalt, a volcanic rock type that is high in silica and iron content. It is this element that's what enables the stones to retain heat well.
We're talking about holding the same constant heat for 25-35 minutes straight without the need to recharge. That is TWICE longer than many other stones. The temperature ranges from 86-158°F (30-70°C) and is digitally controlled via a LCD display.
Speaking of recharging, there are two ways you can do that - the normal plugging in of a power cable, or via the travel bag that comes with it.
Yep, the bag doubles up as a stone heater oven that can quickly heat up the stones in 20 minutes. What's even better, is that it comes with a car lighter power adapter so you can even heat them up in the car while you drive from one client's to another.
Another option to consider is the Therapist's Choice Waterless System, a hot stone kit that is well-known for its patented waterless technology.
Traditionally, hot stone therapy systems require gallons of water to be boiled in a large kettle-like appliance to heat the stones up. This one here though, doesn’t require that at all.
Using a patented rapid waterless heating system, the Zenstone heats up much faster than traditional water boiling - 10 minutes is all it requires. This is also thanks to the nature of the stones, which are developed using material science from a variant of limestone containing the naturally-occuring calcium carbonate.
Depending on the stone size and ambient temperature, the stones are able to retain heat for 10-15 minutes. Optimally, they can reach 130°F which according to experts' research, is the optimal temperature for hot stone massage.
You can see that it has a different texture from basalt stones - these ones here have a beautiful natural grain to them and are fully compatible with massage oil.
All stones are stored within a 'heatSHIELD' outer casing that protects you from the high heat generated by the system during the warming process as well as for easy transporting and maximum portability.
The Therapist's Choice Waterless System is so popular, there are many imitations in the market. Beware of these counterfeits because they may short-circuit or cause burn. Always buy from a trusted vendor - the ORIGINAL comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Massage Table Case
Most portable massage tables come with their very own massage table bag so that is not our focus today.
Instead, what we want to introduce is wheeled massage table case - a heaven-sent accessory that will save your shoulders (especially the petite ones)!
Out of all, the Earthlite Massage Table Traveler Cart is probably the most popular massage table case cart that is loved by massage therapists across the world.
Understandably so, this cart uses some of the best quality materials in the making of its wheels and frame so that it can survive any terrain it rolls on.
Not just that, but this massage table carry case is ergonomically designed with your wellness in mind too. Instead of the hands, the telescopic handles leverages the weight of your massage table onto the wheels so that your back and your table are protected. You can extend it to 43” too should it need be.
A wide strap is provided to hold your table securely in place because there is probably nothing worse than having your table slide off when you're wheeling it across a busy street.
When not in use, it can be folded with ease to stow away without taking up much space. The Earthlite Massage Table Traveler Cart is offered Lifetime Limited guarantee by the company so you know you’re in good hands with this one here.
The Alumobile Massage Table Cart. is another massage table cart you can consider.
Designed to be pulled along with supreme ease, this lightweight aluminium massage bed cart is easy to manoeuvre be it on public transport or on paved pathways.
4-wheel based, the heavy duty ball bearing wheels are bouncy, quiet and durable, great for stability on uneven surfaces and the two single swivel front wheels make it easy to turn and manoeuvre.
The cart itself has adjustable straps and a telescopic base that will fit portable massage tables of all sizes and brands. Due to its small external dimensions, it can easily fit into any car boot.
Specially designed for professional massage therapists, there is no lifting force required to move your massage table. This in turn reduces the stress on your arms, wrists and back so you can put all your energy into the massage itself.
Having been tested in London for the last 5 years with 100% success rate, the Alumobile Massage Table Cart is one we would recommend if you’re required to move around a lot. It is not the cheapest, however, it is one piece worth the investment.
Not a fan of a cart? You’ll love the Dr. LomiLomi Universal Massage Table Carry Case Bag with Wheels.
From afar, it looks just like your ordinary massage table carry bag. On a closer look, you will see four casters on its base and THAT, is what makes all the difference.
With wheels, you do not need to carry the table over your shoulder anymore. Yet should there be a need, the well-cushioned ergonomic straps will ease the strain on your shoulder and you can even adjust the length to carry it cross-body.
And, both top and corner have dual handles so it is not as strenuous when you carry it.
The wheels are durable rubber coated multi-directional for easy rolling and the premium waterproof Oxford fabric has multi-sized front pockets for all your accessories. It fits all folding massage table and it has a reinforced metal side snap-lock buckles and zipper hardware for secure carrying.
The best thing? The Dr. LomiLomi Universal Massage Table Carry Case Bag with Wheels is the cheapest option out of all the massage carry bags we recommend here so it is one affordable option to many people.
Hot Towel Cabinet
Ok, we are finally reaching to our last accessory.
This is certainly an extra service, nonetheless, one that will elevate your business to a whole new level - the provision of hot towel before and after a massage session.
To be able to offer such service, you will need a hot towel warmer first.
There are many choices available but amongst all, we think this one from Elite makes for the best towel warmer.
Mini in size, it doesn't take up much space yet it is big enough to be able to hold up to 12 facial-sized small towels.
If need be, there is a maxi version available that has a bigger capacity.
Why we like this one best is because it contains an internal temperature control to protect the unit from overheating.
In particular, we like how its insulated cabinet is padded with heating element surrounding the whole of the internal walls. This is different from those that rely on bulbs only because these do not provide consistent heating.
With the Elite Hot Towel Cabinet, you get consistent heating constantly and that, is what you want when looking for a good towel warmer.
A hot towel warmer is certainly not a necessity and it may not be relevant for on-the-go massage therapists but if you have a massage parlour or spa center, we think this is an indispensable item that will bring your service (and business) to the next level.
Our Final Thoughts
So there you have it, a series of some of the very best massage table accessories you can get to better your services. Some you may already have, others you do not even know exist.
Even if you have the best massage table, the overall experience will not be the same than if you add an extra piece of accessory (say, a massage table heating pad) to your service.
Trust us, sometimes that’s all that is needed to make a difference.