A massage therapist can have many labels, including touch therapist, bodywork specialist or massage practitioner; but no matter which label you prefer, you also want to be known by this very important term: professional.

If you are new to the career, you no doubt already see that the secret to a noteworthy career is the best sequence of skills and valuable equipment. You know you have the talents. But in order to build up a faithful, consistent clientele as well as a perfect reputation it is required that you equip yourself with the best equipment. Your massage table in particular is your foundation in trade: it is your office, your desk and your treatment area all rolled into one - so the one you choose will make all the difference. Here are the must-have essentials every new massage therapist should invest in.

Bread and Butter: The Tables: If you are an independent contractor you may need only one movable massage table to get started with. So make sure you select a great one! If you plan on setting up shop in a spa or are a spa owner, you'll want to research stationary tables carefully before settling on your decision. Value is by far more crucial than just finding the lowest price: you want to make sure you only look at massage tables that:

  1. Have all the features you'll need for the types of assistance you are likely to give. "Underbuying" for the sake of price will just cost you more in the long run: you'll probably end up buying more tables or pay extra to accessorize it.
  2. Have the types of comfort features that will help your clients forget that they are even on a table! The best massage tables, even portable ones, make comfort a high priority in their composition.
  3. Feature ergonomics that make your work as smooth and comfortable for you as possible. Keep in mind your own height, abilities and other factors when selecting a table and you will enjoy a long and pain-free career.
  4. Are the safest on the market. The construction should be strong, sturdy, durable and thoroughly safety-tested for clients of all shapes and sizes under a wide range of treatment contexts. To ensure you are getting a safe product, only buy from manufacturers with a reputation for perfection in the industry.

Quality Massage Oils and Creams: Lubricants are an essential component of all massage therapists' stock of equipment. Make certain you keep a selection of organic as well as hypo-allergenic products for clients who are susceptible to certain ingredients or prefer more natural products.

Clean, Comfortable Towels: Every massage should be a little slice of heaven; and nothing says luxury for customers like enjoying fresh, comfortable, warm linens. Purchase good quality towels and sheets that will last through several washings and don't forget to invest in a reliable warming cabinet.

The Little Extras: A CD player, charming and relaxing music, scented and unscented candles as well as other little extras add a final touch and will be much appreciated by your growing clientele.

Don't Forget: success comes from combining your talented bodywork skills with the right supplies.

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