I recently had a conversation in which I was asked why so few table warmers get really hot. Admittedly, this wasn’t the first time I had had this very conversation. As such, I feel compelled to share my limited knowledge on the subject. So, why don’t they get really hot?
The fact of the matter is that table warmers are exactly that: they are table warmers. I suspect that we often associate them with the idea of the super-heated electric blanket or pain-alleviating heating pad, but they aren’t actually meant to feel that way. Unfortunately, we are used to high heat these days. We drink our coffee piping hot and we relax in scalding showers and Jacuzzis. Heat has become a norm to many of us.
With that said, I’d like to assert that hot isn’t necessarily always better than warm. In fact, in the world of the table warmer, warm is ideal. Warmth allows clients the benefits of gentle heat on a massage table without the feeling that a massage is a veritable ‘heat’ treatment. Unlike high heat, warmth doesn’t distract with its intensity, but instead provides subtle comfort. I boil it down to this (no pun intended): heat can feel good for short periods, but intense heat isn’t everyone’s cup of tea for longer periods. Warmth, however, is just about always pleasant.
So, test a table warmer before you use it with clients. I suspect that you’ll be surprised how pleasant a relatively low heat can be. Happy Massaging!