What Are Reiki Panels On A Massage Table? (Why you should care)

Reiki panels, also known as Reiki end plates, are uniquely crafted ends of a massage table designed to enhance the comfort of therapists. These panels are compact and positioned near the table’s base, offering ample space for the therapist’s legs and feet. This design ensures maximum comfort for therapists while seated. Reiki end plates stand out from standard end plates in several aspects:

  1. Comfort: Reiki end plates are tailored to increase the therapist’s comfort, allowing them to sit with their legs tucked under the table. In contrast, standard end plates are broader and don’t provide this level of comfort.
  2. Size: Compared to the wider standard end plates, Reiki end plates are smaller and situated closer to the table’s base.
  3. Leg Position: The design of Reiki end plates facilitates therapists to sit with their legs under the head and feet of the table, promoting a more comfortable and efficient working stance. Standard end plates lack this flexibility in leg positioning.

Overall, the design of Reiki panels on a massage table is focused on offering enhanced comfort and convenience for therapists during their work.

What are the benefits?

As a healer, your number-one priority is the person you are treating. You want them to be as comfortable and as relaxed as possible while you administer the healing.

But what about your comfort? Reiki sessions can be a lengthy process, and if you are spending between 30 to 90 minutes with your back bent and strained, then for all the good you are doing your client, you may be damaging your own health.

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It may not be apparent straight away, but muscle strain and back problems can build over time. And that’s the last thing you want. As well as being painful, it could interfere with your Reiki practice.

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Simply by choosing to use a table with Reiki panels, you immediately have better access to the patient. Using a comfortable stool or chair, you can slide your knees under either end of the table and still keep your back straight.

You are more comfortable, and probably more focused. You’re happy, the client is happy, and a better result can be achieved all around.

What about stability?

Concerns about stability are a good point, especially for Reiki practitioners who are mobile, taking a portable table to the home of the client. You need the table to be as sturdy as possible.

Cross pieces (or cross braces) provide strength. A table without these might wobble, which would be alarming for the patient – not to mention being potentially unsafe.

A properly designed Reiki table will account for this in its design. The legs will be thicker, with an arch that gives stability to the whole structure. There may also be cables that link the legs, just for extra peace of mind.

The key here is to always invest in the very best quality table you can afford. It is surely better to do this than to risk your client feeling insecure or, worse, being injured.

Remember, massage involves physical pressure exerted onto the patient, which transfers extra weight through the table. Also, the massage therapist is supported by their contact with the patient.

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In Reiki, any physical pressure will be light, if used at all. The practitioner, therefore, has little or no physical support and must maintain poses for a fair length of time, which can be tiring.

A table with Reiki panels essentially only needs to bear the weight of the patient, and a good quality table will provide that strength, reducing the risk of tired muscles by allowing the practitioner to be seated comfortably.

Do I have to choose one or the other?

There’s a chance that some people out there provide massage therapy as well as Reiki. It’s quite common for someone with a passion for healing to learn a few methods and modalities.

But which table do you go for? A traditional massage table? One with specially designed ends for Reiki? Or do you need both?

Firstly, if you are managing with a basic table, don’t panic! The ‘Reiki Police’ won’t be knocking on your door and demanding you buy a better model. It all comes down to whether you and your clients are happy.

If you are a massage therapist and a Reiki practitioner, it would be a good idea to invest in a table that works for you and your clients equally. Do you practice one more than the other?

Then perhaps consider buying a table which suits that method best. Otherwise, the sensible thing to do would be to find a table with Reiki panels that is well-built, and which comes with detachable accessories such as face cradles, headrests, side armrests, and hanging armrests.

Of course, much of this will depend on whether you practice Reiki at a commercial level or ‘casually’, helping to heal friends and family. Getting the best possible table for business purposes makes good sense.

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Not only will it inspire confidence in your clients that you are running a professional and effective operation, but it will also provide them with a comfortable platform while you administer the healing.

And you will benefit from the special design, with a reduced risk of aches and pains. Which could well boost the effectiveness of your Reiki sessions.

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