Oakworks: Expert Guide to Treatment Couches

By Sarah Todd

By Sarah Todd

31 December 2020

The best spa experiences are anchored in investment in the very highest quality equipment. This is perhaps most important in treatment rooms, where the comfort of every guest is paramount and the ergonomics of a healthy working space are equally vital to safeguard your team. (Main pic: Roberto Valle)

In the second of four instalments of our Expert Guide to Treatment Couches, to support you making intelligent and considered investments in the future of your spa business, we talk to Jessica Wadley, Oakworks Vice-president of business development, integrative health and wellness.

Working to meet the equipment needs of all integrative healthcare professionals and their clients since 1978, Oakworks is committed to providing safe, durable, and ergonomic equipment to spas worldwide.

Oakworks tables in a Heavenly Spa by Westin Duet Room

How can your products help spas prepare for the ‘new normal’?

As a medical equipment company, we have a measured approach to developing new products.

Our new Oakworks Shield creates a large barrier between client and therapist to force aerosols to travel approximately six feet before reaching the other person. Anything less is likely to offer little help with minimising exposure. The shield is on a moveable stand and allows aestheticians to reach under it to touch the client.

The Oakworks Shield

How can spas ensure hygiene levels?

Any textiles, such as sheets, blankets and accent items must be replaced with fresh ones for each client. Oakworks specialises in medical-grade IS0-10993 treatment bed covers that can provide a hygienic barrier between the table, any heating elements or additional padding you may have, and traditional textiles that you may be dressing your bed with.

Our fitted table covers are long-lasting, can be machine washed and will not erode with the approved list of EPA-listed disinfectants designed to fight Covid-19 and other viruses.

“We have made new innovations, such as one-piece and removable padded tops for a new modern look that make disinfecting and cleaning easier.”

Jessica Wadley

Vice-president of business development, integrative health and wellness, Oakworks

How does your equipment support spas?

All of our equipment and accessories are covered with IS0-10993 TerraTouch fabric that has a list of hospital-grade disinfectants that can be used on it.

We have made new innovations, such as one-piece and removable padded tops for a new modern look that make disinfecting and cleaning easier. This design was only available on our top-of-the-line Master’s Series, but will now be available on many more of our models.

All Oakworks equipment and accessories are covered with IS0-10993 TerraTouch fabric

How can spas encourage guests to return to them with confidence?

Confidence is born out of believing that the spa is knowledgeable and caring. The first step is to create a clear statement online that reflects an understanding of the risks, providing a detailed description of rules and protocols designed to minimise them.

Prior to the guest’s arrival, call them to explain what to expect in the way of temperature checks and mask policies. You can also take this time to address any other wellness concerns. Once a client arrives, they must see this information presented again in writing and observe the spa doing what they said they would do.

Photo by Ryan Forbes

What’s next for Oakworks?

Getting the Oakworks Shield out to spas. The latest science regarding transmission of Covid-19 points to aerosols, along with droplets, as being the prime culprits. Most aesthetic treatments don’t allow proper social distancing, so this is an essential tool.

Treatment room takeaways

Inspect all of your treatment room equipment before re-opening to ensure there is no wear and tear that could allow any bacteria or virus to grow.


Courtesy call each guest ahead of arrival to explain what new procedures they can expect during their visit, such as temperature checks and mask policies, and address any wellness concerns.


Touchless technology in treatment rooms can enable guests to guide their own spa journey with minimal need for a therapist using automated equipment and beds.


Keep all treatment spaces visibly sterilised, ventilated and bright. This will boost confidence and reassure guests that the highest levels of hygiene are in place.


Intelligently flex your treatment menu to match fluctuating guest demand, and optimise the available workspace by incorporating multi-functional treatment beds.

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