Beyond the Massage: 3 Must-Have Pieces of Spa Equipment

By Katelyn Baker, Universal Companies

According to a 2016 market report, there were approximately 16,710 day spas in the U.S., which is a pretty impressive number. Of course, not all of those 16,710 spas are created equally. Ultimately, spa owners who invest in the best professional spa equipment will stand out from their competitors.

You might not think that something as basic as massage table blankets will play a large role in the success of your spa, but without these spa linens, you can't provide the type of customer experience that makes people want to come back again and again. Here are a few of the essential types of professional spa equipment that you should invest in for your business.

Massage Tables

Massage is one of the most popular treatments in the spa world, which makes choosing the right massage tables an extremely important task. If someone is not 100% comfortable during their massage, then they are not getting what they paid for. Because there are so many spas in operation today, a cheap, folding massage table just isn't going to cut it. Unless you're a traveling massage therapist, always invest in a comfortable and long-lasting massage table. This means a table with good padding, able to be contoured and adjusted for height, with an adjustable headrest as well.

There are a number of ways to incorporate heat into your spa treatments, but massage table warmer pads are one of the most popular. When customers lie down on your massage table, a heated surface is often a pleasant surprise that adds to their overall experience. Consider incorporating these heating pads into your massage tables. Many come with automatic shut off timers and temperature controlled thermostats to make your day run as smooth as possible.

Ambiance Items

Perhaps the most important thing about keeping up a spa is maintaining the right atmosphere. This includes waiting room furniture, wall decor, scents, mood music, and other interior decorating items. Even the reception desk should be neatly furnished to match the aesthetic you're going for. Have a diffuser running in you relaxation area with calming scents to encourage a somber mood with your guest. These scents can also be incorporated into services you provide

Professional spa supplies such as the ones listed above are absolutely essential to creating and maintaining a successful spa. The more at home people feel in your establishment, the more they'll come back for spa treatments in the future.


Katelyn Baker is a Product Development Manager for Universal Companies. She has 11 years experience in the spa industry with a background in esthetics, makeup artistry, lash and brow tinting, and lash extensions. Katelyn is a licensed esthetician.

Universal Companies is proud to offer spa development and consulting, as well as spa equipment and furniture. Dedicated to the success of spa professionals everywhere, we’re grateful to be recognized with the American Spa Magazine Professional’s Choice Award, Favorite Distributor of the Year, for 13 consecutive years. (Thank you!)

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