Earthlite Cushion (Awaiting confirmation if this cushion is exactly the same as the one on the "deluxe" headrest.)
- Here's how Blisss uses this cushion:
Blisss wrote:If you read the threads on the various products, you’ll see mixed reviews on all of them. I've tried Boiance, Kurve & a Standard Memory Foam Face Pillow. With each trial, most of my clients either didn’t notice the difference or didn’t care one way or the other. Of those that did express an opinion, half preferred the new pillow each time, and half hated the new pillow. In the end, I went back to using what I’ve always used:
Earthlite’s deluxe headrest: http://www.earthlite.com/headrests.htm
Covered by Earthlite Basics fleece crescent cover: http://www.earthlite.com/massageLinens_basics.htm
Final layer = Smoothie face cradle covers: http://www.sewandsewonline.com/index.cf ... roduct=107
jellybeanbutterfly mentions this though:
I plan to contact Earthlite and ask a few questions and follow up on this.jellybeanbutterfly wrote:The face cradle cushion that came with my Earthlite table is much to hard, and no one has been comfortable on my table using that thing. But, the cushion that came with my Earthlite chair is super soft and comfortable, so I'll probably start using that with my table.
- Breathe talks about her experience with Boiance:
Breathe wrote:I've been using Boiance for several months now. I love it and highly recommend it. My clients breathe easier, some never even get congested when face down, and those that do, clear up very quickly when turned to supine. There is more space around the eyes, so people with contact lenses say it is more comfortable.
Excellent product!Breathe wrote:I use very thick cradle covers and still feel the difference. In fact it seems to improve it. I use first a thin cotton cover that is cut large to accomodate the whole thing without getting bound up, then over the top of that I lay a polar fleece cradle drape. The cotton cover keeps the drape from sliding around, and not only do they NOT get face lines, but they also don't have those pressure spots from too small cradle covers that can't stretch or move enough to accomodate pressure from the face.
I LOVE my boiance and am so happy I got it. My previous face cradle was one of those nice Stronglite ones, so it is fine for outcalls, working at home, etc.
kathryn also uses Boiance:kathryn wrote:I also like the boiance. I used my Earthlite cushion for almost ten years and many clients commented on how comfortable it was, but I also wanted something new and that's what I went with. My clients like it, and it has velcro for attachment to any of the face rest holders.[/url]
I use the washable Angel Feather face rest covers which are very soft (made from recycled plastic bottles) and don't leave any lines on the face. Here's the link http://www.angelfeatherinc.com/massage-therapy.html
Just had a massage where the therapist used a satin material covering which didn't leave lines either, but they are out of stock right now, I can't recall the brand at this time.
- flashcrimson writes about modifications that make it better:
flashcrimson wrote:I, too, hated the Kurve face rest system at first. The pillow that came with it left almost no breathing room and was very uncomfortable. But then I experimented and found that if I used the base of the Kurve system with the Kur memory foam pillow from Massage Warehouse, and then topped it with a fleece face rest cover, I had the ultimate in comfort.
Interestingly, I hadn't much liked the Kur pillow on a flat base. But with the Kurve base, it's magic. Plus, something else I like about the Kurve base is that it lifts high enough that I can also use it with my bodyCushion support system, or I can lower it to work with the flat table.
So, my advice? Buy just the base and get the Kur pillow to go with it, plus a fleece face cradle cover. Your clients will love it.flashcrimson wrote:As an addendum to my earlier post, the Kurve/Kur combination doesn't work well with all tables. It has to do with the amount of foam/padding on the table and the exact placement of the dowel holes relative to the table surface. It works brilliantly with my Earthlite Ellora table, with and without the extra 2" of extra padding I've added to the table. It worked very well with my Ellora and the bodyCushion support system. However, it could not raise high enough to accomodate my table WITH the extra foam AND the bodyCushion.
My office also has a new Custom Craftworks electric table with the best foam package they offer, and the Kurve/Kur combination is a bit high for that, even at its lowest setting. It's slightly uncomfortable, and clearly we'd need to add extra foam to the table to raise the client high enough to accomodate the face rest. We also had the same problem with an older Golden Ratio table. (It's only slightly uncomfortable, however. By pulling it out further from the table and tilting it further into flexion, I was able to have an entire massage session without too much discomfort. But it just wasn't perfect. Much would depend on the client's body type, however.)
So I still stand by the fact that it's the most comfortable face rest I've ever had....if it lines up just right with the surface of your table. If you're willing to play with adding extra foam if needed, then go for it. Might as well try. MassageWarehouse would probably take it back if it didn't work for you.
Curve Memory Cushion / Head Rest (I haven't seen this in any of our discussions so far, but since I ran across it by accident when looking up another of the above cushions, I thought it may be something to just add as an info bit.)