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FACTORY FLOOR


A MASSAGE TABLE THE MAKING OF...


Lisa Starr takes a peek under the sheets at the Oakworks factory to see what goes into making a quality massage table


LISA STARR » SENIOR CONSULTANT » WYNNE BUSINESS A


massage table may host up to 50 bodies a week and it’s a therapist’s most important tool besides their hands. If it does its job well, the table will


remain unnoticed under the layers of bed- ding. However, if it’s uncomfortable, squeaks or wiggles, you’ll have an unhappy client. But you could probably count the things you know about massage tables on one hand.


A husband and wife team who know con-


siderably more are Jeff and Linda Riach who started the Oakworks plant in New Freedom, Pennsylvania in 1977. T e couple learned about wood-working and how to make massage tables while living in a commune which hosted wellbeing retreats. Today, their 90,000sq ſt -plus factory and offi ce employs more than 100 people and turns out around 30,000 tables a year.


RAW MATERIAL T e 60 diff erent models of spa, medical and portable tables all start out in the raw mate- rials storage area which houses eco-friendly wood from around the world and, if pos- sible, locally. T en in the mill section, the table tops and frames are cut to size, drilled, glued, sanded and lasers are used to custom cut logos. T-nut bolts are used rather than screws which can become loose over time.


Oakworks supplies some of the world’s top spas including Miraval (pictured) and those by Starwood Resorts 96 Read Spa Business online spabusiness.com / digital SPA BUSINESS 4 2012 ©Cybertrek 2012


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