Weren’t Massages Supposed To Be Comfortable?

Weren’t Massages Supposed to be Comfortable
By Charlene Brown Publisher and Editor of Looking Green Magazine

After a 3-day cross-country drive from Los Angeles to Pennsylvania, Savich, founder of Contour Table Systems, spent the next five days bouncing off the phone hoping to share her invention with Riach, co-founder and CEO of Oakworks.

Finally, Riach came on the line and agreed to a 15-minutes show-and-tell. Those 15 minutes turned into nearly three hours. And in a small business way of doing business, the two shook hands and the Utopian massage table took form.

Savich, a naturally endowed woman, endured major discomfort in the prone position while getting a massage. “It’s ironic. I would get massages often because my back gets sore from the weight of my breasts, but the massages that were meant to relieve my back, would only hurt my breasts,” Savich said.

That distress turned into a personal quest for Savich to devise a massage table that could comfortably be formed to the contours of the body. Then, in 2006, Savich began the road to invention and by August 2009 she had entered into an agreement of manufacturing and distribution with Oakworks. Three prototypes later, and by the end of 2009, the patent-pending ABC (Adjustable Breast Comfort) system was born.

Since 1979, Oakworks has been designing, manufacturing and marketing complex electronic medical and massage tables at a 91,000 square feet factory in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. Riach started the company with the “goal of running an ethically responsible business”. Riach comments that they are committed “to make the highest quality product right here in America.”

The Utopian with the ABC system has become the inspiration for a new line of massage table products from Oakworks. The tables are expected to revolutionize the medical device industry and are likely to become extremely applicable in treating physical issues.

The design works for both males and females with varying body shapes. Each table is equipped with a powerful foot pump and a simple release valve, allowing therapists to adjust the platform on the tabletop without interrupting the patient’s relaxation. The platform can also rise above the table to be used as a headrest while lying supine.

“Rebecca has come up with something that was so obvious, yet nobody else had done it,” Riach said.

Aided by the contour of the massage table the patient is able to create a range of motion in shoulder joints, positional release, and this makes stretching much easier during a therapy session. The therapist can take advantage of the Utopian and create unlimited positions for therapeutic applications.