A Massage History Lesson

The apparatus we term as a "massage table" is less than 100 years old, arriving sometime during the late 1920s. According to the World of Massage Museum in Spokane, WA, prior to the massage table, "devices used for massage were called couches, and were truly pieces of furniture. These were used during the Victorian era of the late 19th century and were stuffed with horse hair, but were upholstered with velvet or similar material. They were quite cushy in their comfort, compared to the physician's exam table, and fashionably colored in the warm, rich hues of the era."  Then next generation of tables were examination tables in the late 1800s. By 1910, vibrating, electric tables were used by physicians to treat pain. These tables were made of wood and metal and offered little comfort. By World War I, stationary tables made their debut. The tables had a thin plastic covering with cotton or straw used as a stuffing. Aluminum and portable tables came onto the scene in the 1940s and have evolved into the ergonomically designed tables we see today. Source: World Massage Museum