Massage Table FoamObviously, the quality of your massage table's foam will directly affect your client's comfort. Two important factors involved in foam comfort are density and layers.
High density foam is the most firm type of foam. Because it is firm, this type of foam has less "memory" - that is, the foam reshapes itself well after being pressed down and, over time, is less likely than medium density foam to form "ruts." However, medium density foam can be more comfortable for some clients. Medium density foam is less firm than high-density foam, making it much more comfortable for clients. It has more of a memory property than high density foam. The decreased memory of these tables means that tables will reshape themselves more slowly and, over time, ruts are more likely to form with heavy use. Multiple Density - Professional Massage Therapists who are torn between high and medium density foam will be much more satisfied with multi-layered, multi-density foam systems. Having several layers with different densities provides us with the best of both worlds - the tables are often much more comfortable than high or medium density foams, and table life is substantially increased over either type of foam individually. Clearly, multi-density foam is the correct choice when purchasing a table that will be used often, or when the table is expected to last for many, many years.
Foam thickness is an important factor in your table's comfort level. Obviously, the thicker the foam, the more padding between the client and the hard frame of the table, and so the more comfortable the client will be. While considering the thickness of your foam, of course you should always keep in mind foam density as well, since those two factors work hand-in-hand. Massage table thickness ranges from 2 ¼ inches to 3 ½ inches