About Athlegen

Athlegen was founded in 1986 in an Adelaide garage by two massage therapist who were also comfortable holding a welder. "We saw what portable massage tables were on the market and we knew we could do better". What they designed soon became the market leader. They followed this success with the first ergonomic power driven massage table specifically designed for massage therapists. Not long after they were exporting to over 20 countries. The founders eventually sold out of the business. In 2006 Athlegen went through some turbulent years under public ownership; product development took a back seat to rapid expansion and the company soon found itself in financial trouble. Today Athlegen is back in private hands with a renewed focus in therapy delivery technologies enabling practitioners to deliver stress-less health outcomes for their patients.

Athlegen has grown to become a market-leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of massage and treatment equipment and a true Australian success story.

Today, Athlegen tables can be found in all corners of the globe. From its base in Ballarat, the company has developed into an internationally recognised brand, exporting to more than 35 countries across the Asia-Pacific, America, Europe and the Middle East.

Athlegen has gained the seal of approval from elite athletes too. The Victorian Institute of Sport uses and endorses Athlegen tables and the Australian Olympic Team has chosen the company as its official treatment table supplier for the past two decades. This has seen Athlegen proudly provide tables to Australian athletes at the Olympic Games in London, Beijing, Athens, Sydney and Atlanta and the recent Sochi, Russia 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

With a reputation for quality and comfort, Athlegen tables have also been selected for some of the world’s most luxurious spa locations, from coastal resorts in Broome to 7-star hotels in Dubai.

The Athlegen team, which was once a handful of loyal employees, now includes more than 30 staff dedicated to supplying both Australian and overseas markets with the highest quality massage and treatment equipment.

After a few years away pursuing other interests, Rick is now back with the company he founded, providing strategy and direction on Athlegen’s future and focusing on what he does best – designing the strongest and most reliable massage tables available.

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“I love my table and I am very happy that I chose the Athlegen Access table all those years ago. I have definitely got my money’s worth and I have no intention of changing tables.”

~ Catherine Tiney (Massage Therapist & Owner/Manager Sydney Essential Health). 2010

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Guy Princi - Friday, October 07, 2016


Castors and why they wear out

Guy Princi - Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The rubber compound castors used by Athlegen are custom manufactured to our specifications. Athlegen castors feature steel bearings (not plastic), and we do not use inferior small diameter, plastic stool castors. We use 75mm wheel diameter castors - if all other specifications are equal larger diameter castors last longer.
Rubber compound (TPE - Thermoplastic Elastomers) is a mix of polymers, usually a plastic and a rubber. The new compound has the advantages of both the rubber and plastic materials used. For castors this is typically cushioning, from the rubber component, and hardness/durability, from the plastic component.
Rubber compound wheel treads are chosen over the longer lasting nylon wheel treads because they cause less impact on most floor surfaces due to their natural cushioning properties. They are also generally quieter in their operation. Nylon castors can mark and dent wooden floorboards and vinyl floor surfaces.
Over time, as the rubber component of TPE ages, it dries out and hardens. No product is available to condition or prevent this characteristic of rubber. Once rubber hardens it can become brittle and start to spilt, (known as stress cracking or crazing). If this happens the castors will need to be replaced.

Factors that cause your castors to wear out
  • Exposure to harsh chemicals used to disinfect and clean some floor surfaces.
  • Direct exposure to sunlight will prematurely dry and harden the rubber component.
  • Exposure to extreme temperature fluctuations.
  • If the table is positioned on gritty, uncleaned hard surfaces, such as tiles or vinyl flooring.
  • Leaving the table in the exact same position over long periods of time can cause “flat spotting”. Flat spotting is where the tread fails to spring-back to its original shape, the result is a permanent distortion of the wheels shape.
  • Trying to move the table with the castor lock in place.
  • Any one of the above will result in the premature hardening of the rubber tread which will then lead to the tread crumbling and falling apart.
How to care for your castors
  • We recommend that you only clean your castors with a damp cloth.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed with a soft natural bristle brush.
  • Do not lubricate with oil, if necessary use a heavy bodied good quality bearing grease.

Standard Operating Procedures for Treatment Tables

Guy Princi - Monday, February 15, 2016


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