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My office went though a flood earlier this year, and I worked out of a neurologist's office for a brief period of time, while repairs were being made. It reminded me of how nice a minimal space can be. As it is, I don't keep much in my massage room in my office, but in this situation I worked bare bones.
Here's a basic list for what it is worth. I know this is an old thread.
I'd suggest that you start with a mirror, lamp (preferrably one that has multiple options for two to three brightness settings), a fan, a chair for the client, kleenex, tray for the client to place their jewelry (if you have a shelf or window sill, small trash can, clip board, pen and pencil (to write on / intake forms), and business card holder.
Your table, clock, bolsters/pillows, towels (or moist towelettes - I prefer Burt's Bees Facial wipes for instances when I need to clean my hands immedicately), music (CD's or iPod style) and a rolling or stationary stool are musts, along with whatever lubricant you normally use.
A small bottle of hand sanitizer, extra hair clip, small flashlight (I prefer the small mag-light - in case the electricity blows out) and a box of kleenex.
A place to store water bottles, if you provide water.
Linens, blankets and a small shelf unit or cabinet will round out your supply list (you can always store under your table). If you have space for it, get a tall cabinet, so you can store your extra items upwards as you grow into the space.
As mentioned above, most items can come from home, and as you start to build your practice and make more money, then you can make specific purchases.
I highly suggest purchasing 2-3 pieces of Twin Size Egg Crates for your table. Lay them on top of each other, on top of your tabble. It will make the table more cushy, while still providing a fairly firm working surface. It will also give you a few extra inches on the width of the table for those larger people whos arms normally hang off the sides, while still allowing you a the felxibility to get closer into the clients body as needed. This *will* make your room, the go-to room for comfort. :)
I work out of a chiropractors office as well. I have only been here for 8 months now. I haven't done many table massages, although I have the basics required for them. I have been doing mostly chair massages for his patients. I have had one or two of them set up appointments without scheduling with the doctor.
My room is big enough that I can keep everything in it ready to go. My massage table is all set up and pushed off to the side. On a good month I can make enough from chair massages to pay my rent. Table massages would earn more money however, if I could get more of them. Don't be afraid to offer both and see what happens.