Whether you’re starting a professional massage business or getting started with massage at home, you’ll want to have the right equipment and supplies. Oils, a massage table, and bolsters can ensure your massage experience is both comfortable and effective. Before you set out to grab some supplies, check out this list of top items you’ll want to have.
1. Massage table
A quality massage table is essential for any serious massage therapist. Look for foldable tables you can take with you to client sites, since clients are unlikely to have the right tables. Look for lightweight wooden tables with an adjustable face cradle, arm rests, and width extensions so you can accommodate different clients.
Allow for a generous working weight, and make sure your table is stable, durable, and height adjustable. Tables with high density memory foam are ideal, because the foam tends to be more durable and long-lasting.
We recommend the FlexaOne Massage Table, and you can buy it online through our store.
2. Massage table cover
Spare massage table covers keep your massage table surface clean and refreshed as you move from one client site to another. If you’re working in your own massage therapy clinic, you’ll still want to have spare covers to switch them out between client consultations. Look for a comfortable, durable, and breathable fabric, such as a cotton-polyester mix.
To ensure a good fit, check that your cover has an elastic trim to allow it to snap into position. Other features include solid Velcro straps to prevent slipping. Massage table covers often come in separate pieces, such as a main one for the table, and two other separate pieces for the face cradle and arm rests.
3. Massage oil
As a massage therapist, you’re probably selective about the oil you use. Look for a massage oil that acts as an effective moisturisers and emollients, which will hydrate the client’s skin as you massage. High-quality massage oils are longer lasting, non-greasy, and non-stain. For people with sensitive skin, you’ll want to choose a non-allergenic product to avoid irritation. Ideally, you’ll find an oil to which you can add your own essential-oil blend.
4. Massage instructional DVD
As a complementary method of learning that you can take on once you have completed a massage course offered by Discover Massage Australia, our instructional DVD – prepared by professional massage therapists – can provide you with additional education before you enter the massage industry.
Only after you complete a professional course with Discover Massage Australia can you purchase the instructional DVD package for a refresh and for three extra treatments not taught in class, so enrol today.
5. Massage bolster
A high-quality, durable massage bolster lets you improve access and give support to clients when they need it. A good bolster will be your best friend when you need to, for example, align a client’s vertebrae or relieve stress on their back.
Bolsters come in different shapes and sizes, but one of the best and most versatile shapes to have is a half-round shape with a flat base. You can place this directly on the table and give your client stable support in most-needed places. Look for a bolster with a waterproof cover so you can easily clean them. Other features to look for are high-quality foam filling and handles for easy grasp.
6. Bolster cover
Having a few extra bolster covers on hand can let you quickly change them between clients if necessary. Bolster covers are also great for protecting your bolsters. Choose a comfortable texture such as terry towelling, ideally made from cotton and polyester. Look for a cover with a zip for easy change-outs.
7. Massage table bag
A massage table bag allows you to carry your massage table to client sites without hassle. Look for a bag especially designed for your particular massage table. You’ll want a bag made from lightweight materials and with large handles so you can sling it over your shoulder.
8. Massage therapist pack
An easy way to make sure you have everything you need is to buy a massage therapist pack. Your pack might include everything from a massage table and bolsters to massage table bag and massage oil. Extra bolster covers and table covers will come in handy for your clinic.
9. Polo shirt
You can look professional and still have ease of movement with a polo shirt, which is why it seems to be a popular uniform of choice for some massage therapists. Look for a polo shirt made of polyester and cotton for breathability and durability.
10. Mega towel
A large towel is essential for client comfort after your massage, so stock up with a few towels for clients. Look for comfortable textures like terry towelling. Cotton towels are durable and absorb moisture effectively.
Having the right professional massage equipment
Having the right equipment and supplies is vital for massage therapists. From tables to massage oils, the products you choose reflect the quality of your therapy practice. Ensure you have the right equipment, and you’ll empower yourself to deliver a great massage, ensuring you end up with happier, more satisfied clients.
Discover Massage Australia is a recognised massage training provider and has provided training to thousands of professional graduates. To find out more about our products and courses, or check out our new online massage course.