Tags: table height advice

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I just had my first day of class, and since it didn't come up, I'm needing help choosing a table.
Now our tuition covers a basic table without accessories. My first question is width. I am only 5'4". My book says a wider table will strain my back if I need to reach over my client. But - don't you just go to the other side of the table if you need to do that? I originally wanted a wider table to make a heavier client comfortable. My width choices are 29" or 31".
The two tables we can get are from either Custom Craftworks, or Oakworks.
As far as extra cost to my table with accessories, I do want a Pre-natal option. The question is, is it necessary while I'm in school? Because it costs about $300.oo extra. Can I just get a new table when I graduate? Also a rolling stool. I know this is something I will need. They charge $90.oo for a stupid stool though. Would'nt it be cheaper to just buy one at Target or something for half that?
Lastly, I think I'm leaning toward an aluminum table because they're cheaper, but what do most of you prefer? Wood or Aluminum?

Well, thank you ahead of time for the help if you comment!

amateur questions

I am curious about getting a massage table. Mind you I don't have a license, but i would like to get one. I live in Texas, and I hear the hours needed to obtain a lincense is ridiculously low. I am 6'5'', so when I usually massage friends I get lower back pain because they are usually on a bed or even on the floor. This is also probably due to my lack of good technique, but i was wondering if a table would remedy that situation. Any good ones that I can find relatively cheap for tall trees like myself? And thank you for all your wonderful comments from my last post.
sunset by the bay

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So I have just started a new job! (squee!!! :-)) I did like seven massages last week. And to begin, I have kind of weak wrists and I've been getting wrist pain. And jumping into this I'm getting a little worried. I've been stretching my wrists a lot, but somehow it seems to aggravate the problem a little more. Is the really cold water, then hot water method effective?
When I went to school, I was taught to keep my table at the height where the knuckle after my first fingertip hit the table. People I'm working with think I'm nuts and I should go much lower! I tried it and my whole body mechanics where off and ended up with shoulder pain.
So, wondering what everyone does for wrist pain and where they put their table in accordance to their body?