The benefits of massage therapy in the spa & wellness industry are undeniable. But there are so many models out there that wholesalers often have tough choices to make when it comes to choosing the right massage bed for their clients’ different needs.
Knowing which massage tables and beds work best for each market will help keep clients happy. As satisfied clients keep coming back, size, weight, functionality, ergonomics, and noise reduction for relaxation purposes are important factors to consider before purchasing.
This article will take a deep dive into some key points to consider when it comes to choosing the most appropriate massage beds and tables based on the needs of clients and their budgets.
Massage beds & tables: market share and potential
The spa mass and mid-range furniture market, which includes massage beds and tables, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.10% by 2025. This increase is based on an expected rise in spa services centers worldwide, as well as a projected increase in spa center remodeling. All this is good news for business buyers.
What’s more, income generated in 2022 by the massage therapy industry is expected to exceed the $16 billion projected in 2020.
Simply put, massage beds and tables represent a growing market. This is especially true given the impact on global health of the current harsh economic realities. This demand for massage beds and tables is further driven by a population that’s becoming more and more health-conscious. This makes massage therapies a huge part of relaxation and stress reduction strategies for modern consumers.
Types of massage beds & tables
First, there are 3 main types of massage tables/beds available on the market. When researching which to buy, it’s important to match the right kind of bed or table with the right type of client. It’s also important to understand how each bed works.
Portable massage tables/beds
For professional clients with a mobile business, this lightweight massage table is ideal. It’s easy to fold or collapse, which also makes it easy to transport. For budget-conscious clients, the portable massage bed is a less expensive option than other types of massage beds.
Massage tables and beds for home spas and beauty salons
Drop shippers and retailers, for example, who target physiotherapy businesses, home spas, and beauty salons will want to know that an oil and water-resistant surface with additional reinforcement further enhances the durability of the massage bed. The portable massage bed often comes with additional components such as an adjustable height and face cradle, face cushion, and arm support. All of these specs help make the client comfortable.
Stationary massage tables/beds
Designed to stay in one place, this bed is heavier and sturdier than the portable bed. Stationary massage beds are ideal for professionals who work in a fixed location. In fact, the absence of a middle hinge makes this a better option for larger size clients. It’s also good to know that this bed often comes with storage space for accessories and linens.
When deciding on quantities to buy, it’s important to note that stationary tables and beds have a good price point. They are not the cheapest nor the most expensive.
Important specs for stationary massage beds & tables
Business buyers need to know some important details about the types of massage beds offered. These wholesalers targeting freelancers or clients with dedicated professional space will want to focus on stationary massage beds. They offer the best deal when it comes to quality on a budget.
Look for beds and tables with easy knobs to change the height of the bed. Comfort is very important, which means the upholstery and wood used must be of good quality. Clients will also be looking for appropriate open storage space for items that are used often, such as towels, creams, and oils. Finally, it’s important to make sure that the massage table has a good headrest and weight capacity that will be suitable for larger clients.
Hydraulic or electric massage tables/bed
Business buyers who service luxury spas and resorts in the wellness industry have to be extra careful to provide the highest quality massage beds that match the expectations of their clients. The hydraulic or electric massage table is top of the line, very sturdy, durable, and features good mobility, making it easy to raise and lower—always a good option for clients with difficulty climbing the table. In fact, although more expensive, the hydraulic massage bed offers the best adjustability compared to other types of massage beds.
Speaking of top quality, the multifunctional electric beauty bed is suitable for facial care, tattoos, and even dental physiotherapy businesses. Its low sound, safe and stable frame, and long service life are what make the hydraulic massage bed a popular choice for wholesalers dealing with higher-end clients. Regarding the electric massage table, it has a high-density sponge that helps ensure a soft bed surface to make the client feel more comfortable.
Choosing the best products for different end customers
Here are some useful tips to help determine what type of massage table or bed would best meet the needs of the target clients:
- For home use: A portable massage table is the best option due to its light weight.
- For professional use: A stationary table is a better option for high-end buyers.
- Durability with sturdiness and adjustability: A hydraulic or electrical office massage table is the best choice due to its ease of adjustability and very high quality.
- Price: Remember that the more adjustable the bed, the more expensive it is.
- Warranty & after-sales service: It’s very important to consider the warranty period before buying, particularly if this is a high-end purchase.
- Table specification: It’s important to ensure that the table length, width, height, weight, and foam thickness all match the industry standards for the target market. All of these parameters should help provide comfort to the patient/client, and make moving around easy for the therapist.
- Accessories: Based on the type of massage bed/table needed, ensure adjustable rests for arms, feet, and face.
Due to an increased demand for relaxation and stress-relieving products, spas, resorts, and the tourism industries are excellent places to pitch wellness products and services moving forward. It’s important to take care to match the right massage bed specs with the end customer’s needs and objectives. This will help business buyers make the most effective buying decisions.