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Choosing the proper table and accessories to buy can be a daunting task. There are so many choices, so many manufacturers, a multitude of table names, varied widths, specialized uses and colors. Whether I am on a trade show floor, speaking with a spa in their facility or on the phone, the same concerns seem to be global in the industry. How can I possibly make an informed choice with so many decisions to make? Always remember there are tables to fit any budget.
An electric lift table allows therapists and estheticians to walk into any room and quickly adjust it for their height and style of work to ensure good ergonomics, essential for workplace safety and productivity. Lower height capability enables a petite technician to adjust the table to accommodate their size. The on-command height adjustments also allow customization of treatments based on client expectations and feedback during a session. A relaxation massage can become a cranio-sacral session or a deep tissue massage with ease. Similarly an esthetician can adjust the table during a facial as they perform different parts of the treatment. An electric lift table also allows each client to get on and off the table safely.
The first step is to choose the right manufacturer, one with a solid reputation and experience in designing and building products for spas. One whose product engineering ensures longevity, ease of repair, ergonomics and client comfort will serve you best. The initial purchase price may be higher, but their success is proof of long term value and return on investment. Look for companies that have won awards in the market place and can provide references from other successful spas. Don't forget to look for the company's commitment to the environment. Do they offer FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) products, CFC free foams, non-vinyl upholstery fabrics? Is the table ETL or UL listed? Companies committed to doing their best most likely produce the greenest products: products that are designed to last.
The best companies deliver on their brand promise. A company that has designed a high quality product typically is one where customer service is not a big cost to them and therefore the service level you receive will be high. The table will be designed to have parts easily replaced, easily serviced, with quick response. Otherwise, the cost of repair can run into big money, both in actual cost and in time lost.
Flexibility and versatility are key in optimizing room use to insure profitability. Therefore, it makes sense that products designed to do a wide range of services are best, as long as they don't compromise on the core purpose. For this reason getting a table that has a salon or "flex" top ensures that the room can be used for many types of treatments. Wheels are also a good idea, allowing easy movement of the table within the room to accommodate facial or other equipment or to even move the table to another location. Warming drawers also provide additional flexibility depending on the service being done. Finally breast recess systems like ABC or Corforma LE as well as standard or upgraded foam systems enable you to provide the optimal client comfort. When the cost of real estate is taken into consideration, these ultra-flexible models allow spas to handle more treatments in a smaller footprint at a lower total cost.
Last, but not least, is aesthetics. For a high-end spa where finishes cost a bundle and are key to your brand, it is important that the look of the equipment match your decor. Some companies go beyond just offering a selection of looks and finishes, and offer a level of customization that includes matching stains and even wood and trim elements. That being said, customizing should only be considered when you are sure that your idea will work and the manufacturer can effectively implement it. Be prepared to find out that your idea is either not cost effective or not really workable. Perhaps a combination of elements already offered by the company might meet your needs just as well.
If at all possible, experiencing the product before purchase is the best, and these days that likely means attending a major trade show or finding an experienced and reliable dealer who has product available at a show room.