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Massage Table Alternatives

If a massage table is unavailable, what's the next best alternative?
Chair
4%
1%
5%
Bed
38%
1%
40%
Mattress on the floor
19%
1%
20%
Futon on floor
15%
1%
16%
Yoga or tatami mat on floor
12%
1%
13%
Kitchen table
6%
0%
6%
⇑ select 1 or more
1293 Votes:
 
Member Comments
♦ Bed
♦ Futon on floor
A bed with a firm mattress and no footboard works very well if a table is not available. The person lays across the bed at the end and it provides access to 3 sides, then they turn for the 4th. Flip over and start the process again.
♦ Mattress on the floor
I like full access
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
beds are relaxing
♦ Futon on floor
Best way to massages can give Deep pressure
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Most of my massage exchanges have taken place on hotel beds, and they have all been great as long as the massage is enjoyable. Also yoga mat or something similar works too.
♦ Chair
♦ Bed
EXTRA FIRM MATTRESS, soft enough to be comfortable to lay on for up to 2+ hrs. A bed mattress can sink too far down due to body weight AND any pressure applied. Also, the head should never be turned to one side while on front for more than a few minutes.  The blood flow and nerve function are not optimal in this unnatural position and soon becomes quite uncomfortable.  Instead, elevate the body, and head by placing pillows or folded blankets  under the body centerline from mons pubis to the clavicles.  Then arrange a twisted towel in a circle to lay the face in.  Keep a clear airway to allow for deep breathing.  Then don't neglect ANY spot, mound, dip, fold, muscle or gland.  Careful attention and thoroughness will reward your very being for days.
♦ Futon on floor
Can't get deep tissue pressure on a bed
♦ Bed
Hi bed so i can get both s either sides under and over
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
I think you want a firm surface but no too firm to be uncomfortable. A bed is possible also since the massager can stand and get leverage
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Bed is fine
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
Before getting my table, I used my bed. Although I LOVE a sensual massage, I found the bed to not be horribly conducive to the therapeutic aspects of a massage... but great for the sensual part.
Ive not tried a futon or mattress, but suspect they may be marginally better than a bed.
♦ Chair
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
Kitchen table could be okay as long as table us sturdy and not too wide
♦ Bed
A bed is great for sensual massage
♦ Bed
♦ Kitchen table
A kitchen table is good because it's elevated. As long as it's sturdy, of course.
♦ Bed
I've had many great massages on a bed. It hinders the firmness of pressure a bit but it works fine if a table isn't available.
♦ Bed
you have to be in your comfy zone
♦ Bed
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
A bed or mat on the floor is fine, both will allow you leverage to use hands, forearms, elbows and for really deep pressure knees.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
♦ Kitchen table
I am very laid back and flexible
♦ Bed
♦ Futon on floor
King size bed gives plenty of room to kneel beside the receiver and give a nice massage. Takes a little more work to move around, but easier than getting up and down from the floor.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
I haven't had any massage via this site ;
I do not mind if it is bed, or floor, I prefer
not to use a table when I'm ( paying for ) massage ;
as I say, I haven't had anyone approach me
sincerely via this site but am looking forward
to NOT having to book ahead with a trained
therapist, and pay to be touched.
♦ Chair
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
♦ Kitchen table
Anywhere in the house is fine, that would make more fun because I it's kind of kinky. Where in the house doesn't matter because I could find way to make it more exciting as long as we both satisfy.
♦ Chair
♦ Bed
♦ Futon on floor
Depends on the clients comfort, and the nature of the massage. Ive done different types of massage on these..
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
Bed or mattresses is ok
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Kitchen table
A bed would be my alternate choice for a sensual massage. A futon would work also.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
YOU ARE THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO BE COMFORTABLE.
♦ Bed
A bed. Or a thick comfortable mat. Someplace quiet and sensual. Sometimes outdoors
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
I am comfortable with massage on bed or mattress on floor. warm atmosphere, and with music.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Truly depends on the massage being given
♦ Chair
♦ Bed
A bed might have to suffice, but much of your pressure will be dissipated in the softness of the bed. A banquet table with inflated pool float and blanket serves quite well as I found out when I was hired to teach basic strokes to about a dozen couples recently. They rented the tables for the day and set up in their (huge) family room.
♦ Bed
A nice and firm bed is very good for long sensual massage.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Kitchen table
The kitchen table is a good height.
A firm Mattress is beneficial.
Being on the floor adds an interesting component.
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Environment is more important than surface.
♦ Bed
Depends on the expected end result.
♦ Chair
♦ Bed
♦ Kitchen table
I would use kitchen table probably first, but truthfully I believe it could be anything and I'll make it and you feel good.
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Always the bed. Lol
♦ Chair
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
♦ Kitchen table
Touch=healing, body, mind, spirit. Total package here, get your body right. Anytime, anyplace,is right. Be here now. Live the present, be the gift.
♦ Bed
bed
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
If you are a true fan of massage, have a pro table that is portable or at least a yoga pad. Right?
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Usually as traditional , I using tatami on floor so nice
♦ Bed
♦ Futon on floor
More play space without falling off!
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
I have done my friends wife’s neck , shoulders and back while in a naturist sauna and again in the shower
♦ Kitchen table
Right height, right width,. easy to get on. It can be padded with foamies etc.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Kitchen table
mattress on the floor is easiest with no massage table
♦ Futon on floor
Waiting is the next best alternative for me.
♦ Bed
Depends on the situation
♦ Bed
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
♦ Kitchen table
Can you use an ottoman as well at the same time you can get a nice stretch by leaning over it
♦ Bed
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
♦ Kitchen table
Anywhere the recipient can lay flat and be comfortable.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
Comfort is the main goal, then ease of touch to all areas.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
♦ Kitchen table
Depends on the situation
♦ Chair
I would likely not do the massage without a table, but chair massages are okay.
♦ Bed
table is ideal...so much fun can be had during and after the massage, then of course, always an option to take it to the bed and swing into a 69 for mutual pleasure
♦ Bed
We can make ourselves comfortable for that beautiful bit of fun together.
♦ Chair
I don't think you can give a proper massage on anything but a massage table.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Will supply folding massage table
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Whatever is comfortable. If it’s warm and private, outdoors is fun.
♦ Chair
Very few beds are single variety, or at a good height. Simply an awkward situation all around. A chair is as beneficial as a table when time is tight, and shoulders and back are my main tension areas.
♦ Chair
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
♦ Kitchen table
Experienced and Open to ideas.
♦ Chair
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Chair - still has structure for support and acsess. Yoga mat on floor as mattress limits acsess and does not support spine.Beds can risk strain as you have to reach over from the sides. Limited effectiveness for receiver. - that’s my educated guess :)
♦ Kitchen table
I have used the kitchen table in the past, just covered it with a few blankets, but the bed worked out the best
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
Like to massage without restriction. Space and comfortability is required when massaging, it helps you get to every part of the body without injuring your self.
♦ Bed
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
♦ Kitchen table
Depends on what type of massage
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
as long as both as comfortable in the enviroment
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
futon best
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Relaxing and Comforting
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
I have a hard time visualizing kitchen table (: but mine is probably too small :) . A picnic table or benches seems like a good alternative this morning. I'd like to try in the water sometime.
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Any would work but this would provide better access to massage area while serving as a firm base for applying pressure.
♦ Bed
♦ Futon on floor
Bed is comfortable for both as one massaging can kneel either side of person I have never tried outdoor massage bit awkward for full body in case we get spotted lol find me fb
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Open
♦ Mattress on the floor
A bed is not an acceptable substitute for a table. It simply isn't firm enough...additionally, it isn't possible for the therapist to properly apply pressure in a standing position.
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
With use of pillows to support head/kness when supine and chest/ankles when prone. beds aren't suitable unless it's a relaxing massage and there is no stress to the therapist.
♦ Chair
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Interesting poll interesting answer. As a licensed massage therapist the mat on the floor and a regular chair have worked for me when my friends see me at their house and decide that I'm just going to be the therapist for the day for their friends. NEVER on a BED unless I'm looking to have back pain myself for 2 weeks.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
I don't mind any of these.
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Kitchen table? Lol ouch!
♦ Bed
Bed works for me.
♦ Bed
Bed is usually easier on my back when giving. Can move on bed to get areas of attention needed.
♦ Futon on floor
A bed is ok but a firmer surface is better. So something on the floor would be preferential to a bed
♦ Bed
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
would like to find a good & fun therapist
♦ Futon on floor
A 4" thick futon is quite convenient when a table is not available. A bed offers limited support and accessibility to the receiver. It also places the masseuse in awkward positions. A futon offers just enough padding to not be uncomfortable and allows 360 access.
♦ Mattress on the floor
If the massage is really, where should be that big a factor.
♦ Mattress on the floor
Bed is not comfortable for giving a therapeutic massage if it is about sensual& more it might be a option. I miss the option " on my lap " LoL
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
Any would do
♦ Bed
♦ Kitchen table
Pad the kitchen table with blankets and a comforter and it works fine for therapudic massage. Bed for sensual massage with both naked and lots of room for fun!
♦ Mattress on the floor
I think mattress best for massage
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
as long as it is flat an comfortable
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
I honestly love giving massages anywhere my partner is comfortable
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
I like body massage anywhere, specially in winter time, Waw exciting
♦ Bed
Bed massage is better for more body to body contact :-)
♦ Chair
♦ Bed
♦ Mattress on the floor
♦ Futon on floor
♦ Yoga or tatami mat on floor
♦ Kitchen table
At home everything is fine
Poll contributed by bbooth

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