For many therapeutic massage therapists, particularly recent graduates, travel massage seems the perfect solution –set-up costs are low, you don’t have to pay rent for rooms and the demand for this kind of service is growing rapidly. But, as with any other business, therapists planning on going down this road will be wise to thoroughly investigate this type of therapeutic massage practice. Plan properly, speak to other therapists about their experiences and make sure that travel massage is what you really want to do. 1. Professional equipment and materials Although you don’t have to worry about furnishing a practice room, you will still have to supply every other piece of equipment necessary to provide a professional and high-quality treatment. A massage therapist who travels to patients homes and hotels, has to create the best possible therapy room wherever he or she goes. MASSAGE BED Make sure that you choose a table that is strong and stable yet light enough for you to carry and lift several times a day. Fortunately these days a good portable bed can be as stable and strong as a fixed plinth but before you buy check the table’s weight rating. The best is a massage bed that can withstand at least 220 kilograms of downward applied force. Its reinforcement (cable system and hinges) has to prevent swaying and creaking when a large patient is on it or when deep pressure is applied Also consider the materials used to make the table – aluminium frame will be a few kilograms lighter than wooden-leg tables. The maximum carrying capacity is considered to be between 10 and 12 kilograms. DRAPING MATERIALS Everyday you will have to pack enough towels for the number of treatments you have booked as well as extras for any unforeseen situations that may arise. It is not always possible to go home to collect towels and using the same towels more than once is not only unethical and unprofessional but unhygenic and therefore potentially dangerous. BOLSTERS & PILLOWS Unless you have regular patients and you are good at planning ahead, you will have to take a variety of bolsters and body supports with which to accommodate different body shapes and needs. CARRY BAGS So besides a strong, stable and above all light and manoeuvrable table, you will also need a carry bag for the bed and another for everything else. The bag should not only protect the bed during loading and unloading into the car but should also be designed to make it easy to carry. SANITATION Everything you need to ensure a safe and sanitary treatment has to travel with you to each appointment. Basic infection control techniques have to be observed, doesn’t matter where the massage treatment...
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