Getting Technical: Static Weight, Working Weight, and Drop Tests

Okay, so you probably already know what static and working weight are, but they are so important to your success that I thought it best to reiterate them today. Drop testing, on the other hand, might be new to you. So, I say we explore them all. What can it hurt, right?

Static Weight: Static weight is the amount of total weight a table can hold safely in a stationary position.

Working Weight: Working weight is the total dynamic (meaning in motion) weight that can be safely placed on your massage equipment. In other words, the amount of weight that can be withstood safely as you massage your client. Generally, working weight is one-fourth of static weight.

Drop Testing: Heard of drop testing before but not sure exactly what it is? You aren’t alone. Drop testing measures the amount of weight that can be safely “dropped” onto the center of your table from approximately 6-8 inches. This is meant to simulate – among other things – the force of a client hopping onto your massage table at the begging of a treatment.

Are these things important? You bet they are. The importance of static weight is probably pretty self-explanatory. Working weight, of course, affects the types of modalities you can offer. If your table doesn’t have a high working weight, some forms of massage might not be feasible for you. Drop testing – well, that’s just a safety issue and I recommend you pay attention to it.

So, the next time you decide to buy a new massage table, ask about these things. They impact both your ability to do your job and the safety of your clients. To my mind, that is important stuff!

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