It is the start of a new year and many of you are looking to make the health and wellness industry your new career. Well done and congratulations – welcome to a new wonderful world. You are joining one of the fastest-growing industries in Australia.
At this time of year we often get asked what we recommend to be the essential tools and equipment needed when getting started in massage, that will not only last while you study, but will launch you into your professional career as a therapist.
We have highlighted the 6 essentials tool for massage or bodywork that will get you off to the best start while you study, making you look professional and most importantly assisting to make the job as easy and as supported as possible.
At the end of this post we also have a special limited time offer that you may like to take advantage of saving you over $120.
The 6 Essentials for a Massage Professional
1. Portable Massage Table
Yes a portable massage table is a great place to being! Look for one that is: easy to set up, light enough for you to carry and transport, safe to use (no sharp bits or buttons), squeak free, made well, from quality materials so it will last, that has a warranty, height adjustable, and finally check the cushioning – you want it to be comfortable for you and your client.
2. Heavy Duty Transit Bag
A transit bag for your portable table is for both protection of the table as well for safety and easy for you when transporting your table. Look for a bag with shoulder and arm strap (see picture) that shares the carrying weight of the table across your body. This feature alone makes the transit bag a worthwhile piece of equipment. Many budget carry bags are only suitable as a dust cover and will deteriorate quickly when used by a mobile therapist.
3. Fitted Sheets
Using a fitted sheet or some protective covering over your table while the massage is being conducted is recommended. This is for both client hygiene and for protecting the table vinyl from massage oils and body oils. You will find your table will last longer if you use a fitted sheet or protective covering.
A bolster is a vinyl covered half-moon shaped piece of foam, which is fitted under the patients knees in the supine position, or under the instep in the prone position. It helps to make the patient more comfortable, and to relax the muscles and tendons (particularly the hamstrings), in the adjoining limbs during treatment. Many therapist do use a pillow however a bolster is easy to transport and is specially designed for client comfort and support.
5. Massage Oil
We would always recommend using a 100% water dispersible massage oil. A good fully water dispersible oil will not stain towels, clothing or equipment, and washes easily from therapists’ hands without stripping away natural oils. You will find massage oil either unscented or in a range of scents.
6. Vinyl Cleaner
To look after your table we advise using a vinyl cleaner to clean and protect your tables upholstery. It is something you probably wouldn’t think of now but if you look after your key piece of equipment, your table, it will last long into your career.
So there you have it, the six essentials we recommend to give you the best start in your massage or natural therapies studies and the essentials that will take you from a student straight into a professional health and wellness career.
Heavy Duty Transit Bag
To give you a head start we are offering a very special package
Purchase the 6 essential items in our ‘Getting Started’ pack between now and 31st March 2012 for only $499 – normal value $622.
The ‘Getting Started’ package includes:
1 x Athlegen Bodyworker BXL Portable Massage Table
1 x Athlegen Heavy Duty Transit Bag
1 x Athlegen Fitted Sheet (100% cotton jersey in navy blue or white)
1 x Athlegen Bolster
1 x Athlegen Hydro 2 Massage Oil 200ml massage oil (your choice of scent)
1 x Athlegen Vinyl Cleaner 500ml pump pack
To order your ‘Getting Started’ pack phone Guy at the Athlegen showroom on 1800 81 3000 (free call) or 02 9561 0111
That’s a 20% saving!
“I’ve had my Portable Massage table for over 14 years! It hasn’t let me down once. Thanks Athlegen.” David Bridgman – December 2011
Athlegen is an Australian-owned designer, manufacturer and distributor of innovative treatment and massage equipment. Founded in 1988, the company is a market leader in Australia. Athlegen is the official supplier to the Australian Olympic team and has been for 20 years. Athlegen has developed an global reputation as a high quality supplier of treatment and massage tables exporting to more than 35 countries.
“I have used Athlegen Massage Tables for years, they are awesome have brought a couple of other brands, but always go back to the Athlegen.. Love it…” Mary Hitchcock December 2011
It would be remiss of us to not let you know about an additional add on for your table that offers your clients greater comfort and allows you greater flexibility.
7. Adjustable face support cradle and arm rest
A good table will have the ability to add on an adjustable face support cradle and arm rest. You will improve the comfort, treatment positions and overall length of the portable massage table by adding an adjustable face cradle. They are fully adjustable on both angle and height. By providing an arm rest allows your clients to rest their arms in a natural and comfortable position underneath the cradle and can be adjusted to suit different arm length positions. By fitting a face cradle and arm rest to your table, you will be giving your clients a greater opportunity to relax and enjoy their treatment.
The Athlegen Bodyworker BXL portable massage table is simply the best professional portable table in the world. It is easier and safer to use than any other. A simple folding mechanism allows quick, easy, and safe table set up, and fold away with no buttons to press. You cannot set it up incorrectly unlike some competing brands. It also:
§ Uniquely braced frame design which is based on a system of struts that are triangulated – the strongest basis of any construction.
§ Light weight, with a great height adjustment range (8 to 9 settings only 25mm apart) – much better than most competitors and suitable for a very wide range of practitioner heights, from short to tall.
§ Designed in Australia in-house by Athlegen and rigorously tested prior to release. The latest Athlegen Bodyworker models are proprietary registered designs not available to any other company.
§ Superior construction and QA, not off the shelf manufactured in Asia.
§ Best warranty in the industry by a company that stands by their products and will be there if you need them.
§ Budget tables don’t last, they get noisy, flex, and can be difficult to work with – Athlegen tables are engineered to last a lifetime, and will not need to be replaced in a few years time.
§ Athlegen superior cushioning and squeak free operation will allow your patients to be more relaxed – a happy patient is one who returns.
Athlegen has supplied more portable tables in Australia than any other manufacturer. Athlegen is the brand most trusted by more professionals.
Chat to Guy and the team at the Athlegen showroom on 1800 81 3000 or 02 9561 0111 to discuss your student or getting started needs www.athlegen.com
Athlegen……designed to last a lifetime.