Early in your massage training program, it is important to appreciate the tools of the trade, work with them safely, and consider your equipment needs for professional practice.
Topic 2-1 discusses standard massage equipment.
Topic 2-2 discusses the benefits and uses of the ingredients found in massage oils, lotions, creams, and powders. Environmental factors that help ensure a positive experience for the client are discussed in
Topic 2-3. Sanitation, hygiene, and safety are of paramount importance when using massage equipment but are mentioned only briefly here; these topics are covered in depth in Chapter 3.
More specialized equipment and supplies, which are used in specific massage systems or for special populations, are discussed in greater detail in the appropriate chapters.
Having read the chapter and used the related student learning tools, the student will be able to:
- Describe the standard equipment used to deliver a massage.
- Compare and contrast stationary tables with portable tables.
- Treat all massage equipment respectfully and follow safe practices that ensure comfort for both the client and the therapist.
- Explain the use of bolsters and compare and contrast the use of larger bolsters with smaller bolsters.
- Describe the basic ingredients in diff erent lubricants and explain the benefi ts and drawbacks of each product type for use in massage.
- List three ways you can provide clients with lubricant choices before the massage.
- Sketch a diagram of a comfortable massage treatment space, considering design elements including décor, color, window treatments, lighting, accessibility, and functionality.