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.