How do you choose?
Really the only way is to try them, and sometimes that means you have to buy them, unless you can borrow.
There are so many on the market. All different prices. Here’s my guide. I have only mentioned tables here that I have purchased, owned and have actually used myself. I can’t claim to be an expert on all tables. All I do know is my own experiences with the tables I’ve used and to be honest, that is the only way you’ll know too, you must use a few to work out what you like and don’t like. I find most tables have features that I love and things I really would like to change. I have yet to find a table that 100% has all the features I really want but a few come close. I made the committment to aquire a few different tables of differing costs so that I could decide what features I liked and what I thought was missing.
Essentially you can use any massage table but for those of you who would like to own a table that is especially designed for Lomi Lomi and Ka Huna Massage I highly recommend the following Higher End tables and it is true to say that you do get what you pay for:
Higher End – My Top Picks
Hand Made Ka Huna Massage Tables made by Jorgen Sorensen (Possibly only second hand ones available now)
Earthlite & Stronglite
Also consider a second hand table – try shopping by brand in eBay, or by specification such as pregnancy massage table or leather massage table or portable or wooden or extra wide. This may help you narrow down your search and find something really good. I picked up one of Jorgen’s leather pregnancy tables for only $200 on eBay. It was probably about $1000 to $1500 brand new.
I’ve also managed to purchase 2 Earthlite and 1 Stronglite table. My brand new fully customised pregnancy Earthlite Spirit was $1500 brand new including delivery from http://www.massagewarehouse.com.au/. The other 2 I purchased second hand from eBay for $100 each. Each of those tables were probably $700 or more brand new so I really picked up some excellent bargains.
Lower End – can’t say I recommend these as such but I do own some and they do the job
Firm n Fold – note, these guys do have higher end tables that I haven’t yet tried so it is possible they are really good. I just bought one for about $300 and it’s OK, it does the job but isn’t my table of preference.
Aldi sometimes sell massage tables that are OK and will do the job too and a bargain at $125 to get you started. Go Aldi!
Other Online – no name/no brand from a random internet source – these are just examples, they look a bit like one that I have and I like it because it provides good slide for under body work but the vinyl is cheap and didn’t last long as my mobile table living in my hot car boot.
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Second Hand – Personally I’d probably only buy something really good second hand as you can buy cheap massage tables for less than $200.
Do feel free to contact me if you have any questions about buying a table.
Do consider the weight and if you plan to do mobile massage you will want something you can lift in and out of you car. Plus it must fit in your boot or back seat.
Tables with wooden legs are preferred from an earth elements perspective and visually they look nicer although they can sometimes be heavier.
Some cheaper tables are fine but there are a few little nuances that can be a bit annoying. But if that’s where you must start then that is fine.
I have 8 tables.
1 from Jorgen Sorensen, 2 from Earthlite, 1 from Stronglite (Earthlite Sister Company), 1 from Firm n Fold, 2 from Aldi and 1 from a random internet source. There are consequences and benefits to each of them. Please do call me for a chat about my experiences with them all.
OK, that’s all from me for now. Big Love to you all. Mahalo!