(Sarasota, FL) – Veteran massage therapist Christina Brandon, LMT, CRT, EPTS has been training for over two decades for this accomplishment–68 straight hours of massage (plus 1 minute for good measure)! Brandon spent her Labor Day weekend in a labor of love by shattering the previous world record of 50 hours of massage set in 1995.
Brandon credits her success to her Comfort Craft ergonomic massage table, stating “I was adamant about using a Comfort Craft table for this record because it does so much of the work for me. It allows me to give the same massage without my hands, shoulders and neck becoming fatigued.”
According to Brandon, she was first inspired to tackle the world massage record back in 1991 after reading an article in a MASSAGE Magazine about Barry Green’s world record of 25 continuous hours of massage. Green had since doubled his record to 50 hours, but with the aid of the Comfort Craft adjustable table, Brandon was able to go a full 18 hours longer.
“If I had one piece of advice for other massage therapists out there,” Brandon says, “it would be to invest in a Comfort Craft table. There’s no doubt that I can treat more clients now, and the ergonomic design of the table is definitely an investment in the longevity of my career. I actually wish I’d started working on one 15 years ago because I can only imagine the positive impact it would have made on my practice over time. But once you use one you’re hooked. Now I’ll never work on another table.”
Brandon began her marathon massage at 4 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, and didn’t stop until 12:01 a.m., on Tuesday, September 8.
“I pushed myself as far as I could go, but eventually the sleep deprivation got the better of me,” Brandon admitted, “I’d been so excited the night before the event that I couldn’t sleep a wink, so I know that added to my fatigue.”
“My Comfort Craft table never let me down though,” Brandon continued, “because the table was able to lift and bend for me, I was able to go deep with my massages without sacrificing my back and muscles. It allowed me to push past the previous record in a way I couldn’t have done on a traditional table. I hope this inspires other massage therapists to work smarter and not harder. Trust me, this table is an essential tool for our profession.”
In addition to breaking the world massage record, Brandon also raised money for local charities.
“It was so rewarding to help people through massage and then inspire them to help others though their donations,” Brandon says, “Some of the people I worked on had just lost their homes or their jobs, yet when they got off the table I could hear them dropping their coins in a jar I had set up for donations. I’ll never forget that sound, it was one of the most beautiful, heartwarming experiences of my life.”