Specialized massage tables and chairs are used to position recipients during massages. A typical commercial massage table has an easily cleaned, heavily padded surface, and a horseshoe-shaped head support that allows the client to breathe easily while lying face down and can be stationary or portable, while home versions are often lighter weight or designed to fold away easily. An orthopedic pillow or bolster can be used to correct body positioning.
Ergonomic chairs serve a similar
function as a massage table. Chairs may be either stationary or portable
models. Massage chairs are easier to transport than massage tables, and
recipients do not need to disrobe to receive a chair massage. Due to these two
factors, chair massage is often performed in settings such as corporate
offices, outdoor festivals, shopping malls, and other public locations.