I overheard a conversation recently in which the merits of facecradles were discussed. While I, of course, knew that some facecradles were better than others and had a general idea as to the elements that make some more technologically innovative than others, I wasn’t prepared for the complexity of the discussion. So, what makes a good facecradle? Here’s what I walked away from the conversation with (the super condensed version, at least):
It’s comfortable and well-designed.
The most comfortable facecradles are generally adjustable. Every client is different and the shape of each client’s body will be different, too. An adjustable headrest is crucial to ensuring that each client – regardless of body shape or size – has a pleasant experience on your massage table. Facecradles should also be designed in such a way as to contour and cushion the face to reduce pressure on the forehead and sinuses. Good design is what accomplishes this.
It’s not completely out of price range.
Don’t laugh. I really do think that price can make or break a product. In some ways, price-point falls under the “well-designed” umbrella. After all, if a product is designed in such a way as to make it too expensive to actually purchase, it’s never going to help you or your clients. A balance between comfort and financial accessibility is, thus, of monumental importance..
It’s under warranty.
I know I bring this up all the time, but I’ve found that a good warranty is critical to your long-term happiness with a product. While, of course, you hope to never have to use your warranty, in the off-chance that you do need a replacement, you’ll be thrilled you purchased from a company with a good warranty policy.
My final take-away regarding facecradles: Do your research. Read the reviews. Talk to friends and industry colleagues about what they are using. I suspect that, in the end, you’ll be glad you did.