Q: What is the difference between a Reiki table and a massage table?
Both are essentially the same. You can buy either without issues. The main distinction is on the endplates. Endplates provide additional support to the table, but Reiki practitioners may need the space where the endplates reside. These professionals normally sit down during a session. When performing Reiki on the head portion, they need to insert their knees into the table in order to reach the head of the client with ease. That’s why a Reiki endplate is used instead of the standard endplate.
Q: What is the difference between a wooden frame and an aluminum frame in Reiki?
In Reiki, wood and metal charge energy differently. When it comes to tables, Reiki practitioners are specific in their choice of materials. One such preference is an environmentally friendly frame. Moreover, wood absorbs energy while metal, or in this case, aluminum charges energy. This means that aluminum can transfer energy with ease but can’t absorb toxic energy like wood. Ultimately, it comes down to preference and your tolerance to the table’s weight. Aluminum is substantially lighter than wood.
Q: What are the typical dimensions and weight of a portable Reiki table?
Portable Reiki tables are usually 72 inches long (6 feet), 27 inches wide (2.25 feet) and 23 inches high (1.9 feet). Height can also be adjusted and raised up to 33 inches (2.75 feet). A wooden table typically weighs around 38 lbs. while an aluminum table is about 10 notches lighter (28 lbs.). There are accessories that can add to the length and width of the table, such as a headrest and arm rests. However, they also increase the overall weight.
Q: How durable is it?
Durability is often linked to the reputation of the manufacturer. Brands like Earthlite, Oakworks and Master Massage are regarded as manufacturers that build long lasting tables with strict quality assurance, but they also command a higher price. On the other hand, BestMassage and Sierra Comfort are considered as cost effective.
Q: What brands are the most sought after?
Beginners are often attracted to budget range units while experienced practitioners who have used several tables over time tend to go for the premium brands. Popular brands for Reiki practitioners include Earthlite, Oakworks, BestMassage and Sierra Comfort.
Q: How much does a portable Reiki table cost?
Tables in the budget range cost anywhere from USD 59.99 to USD 169.95 while premium tables are in the USD 230-400 range. Check out our Reiki table chart which lists tables from both price points.
Q: What is the best foam thickness for a portable table?
The thicker, the better. Most tables come with a 2 to 2.5-inch foam padding. Some have 2.75 to 4-inch foam but can cost a bit more. Other manufacturers apply their own technology to the foam to make it thicker or at lease make it feel dense. In most cases, a 2.5-inch foam padding should suffice.
Q: What is the material used to protect the foam?
Most, if not all portable Reiki tables use PU leather. It is also the material used in various kinds of stuff, including car interiors, couches, computer chairs, mobile device cases, bags and many more. Because it is a synthetic version of leather, PU leather is less toxic and is cheaper to make than animal leather. The material is continually being improved by industry experts so that it can be more eco-friendly. Even though PU leather has many advantages, it is still far less durable than the real one.
Q: How do I maintain the condition of my table?
The PU leather covering will most likely be the one to deteriorate over time. To prolong its lifespan, keep it away from sunlight as much as possible. Frequent exposure to it will cause the material to dry up and eventually crack. You can use warm water and soap or dish detergent to clean the surface.
Most practitioners use a massage table sheet to protect their tables from heat and moisture. Additionally, a large percentage of tables have been tested to hold a maximum working weight of 650 lbs. Anything beyond that can cause tension to the legs.
Q: How do I carry around my portable Reiki table?
If you can put up with carrying a 30-40 lb. table, then the carrying bag that’s included in the package should be enough. The carry bag can be held by hand or the straps can be put on the shoulder. Otherwise, you can purchase a massage table cart for maximum convenience.
Q: Where can I return my unit for service or replacement?
All manufacturers offer a warranty on the table frame and its parts (accessories not included). The duration varies from 1 year to 5 years. Many premium brands give a lifetime limited warranty on the frame. This means that if a leg or wire breaks, the manufacturer will fix or replace it at no cost to the original purchaser.