If you’re serious about massage therapy or just like to have products that are made with care and of good quality, you should consider the three main makers of massage tables when looking for a table to buy. Some of the the biggest manufacturers are Oakworks, Earthlite, and Custom Craft works. What these tables have in common is what is often lacking in cheaper models. First off, these companies source their materials from all over the world. Not so great in terms of carbon miles, but they do try to buy from sustainable sources. And the materials they choose are high quality because they have reputations to uphold- qualities such as strength, durability, and ease of use. This applies to the entire table.
If you are familiar with the construction of massage tables, you know they consist of many parts. First, there is the frame, usually made of wood. If you know anything about woodworking, you know that there is a mind boggling array of wood to choose from, usually based on strength to weight ratio and availability. In the case of the more established brands, maple is usually used for its relative abundance and toughness without adding too much weight. When you think about the weight that the four legs of the massage table must bear, it really makes a lot sense to choose quality wood that you can count on to not collapse, possibly resulting in an expensive lawsuit. I haven’t heard first hand accounts of cheap table collapsing under pressure, but why take the chance?
Besides the structural components, the padding on these tables is also better quality. You have a choice of normal padding or super thick, depending on your preferences. But in all cases, the padding offers better support while also being more comfortable. It should also last longer.
Also, these being outstanding companies, you can count on them living up to their promises when it comes to warranties. The maxim “You get what you pay for” may not be true for all things, but it certainly is for massage tables.