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CONTRAINDICATIONS

  

Please feel free to contact us to discuss any concerns or queries you might have regarding the lists or any conditions that you are experiencing that you feel might affect your suitability for massage. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly recommended you get written approval from your doctor before receiving a massage.

These contraindications mean that you cannot receive any massage with any of the following conditions:

 

  • On  antibiotics to fight off an infection (manifesting of the cardinal signs of heat, fever, swelling or pain)

  • Fever ( indicates there's an infection somewhere within the body) Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body's natural defences

  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol (not be able to provide feedback that is appropriate)

  • Recent operations (6 months) (scarring process must be complete).

  • PREGNANCY: Wait 6 months after c-section, 6 weeks after normal delivery  (after doctors check up). Wait till your 1st trimester is over before getting a massage. This is because your 1st trimester is your most risky time to lose your baby. If you are one who is at high-risk, and has had miscarriages you should definitely wait!

  • Neuritis-inflammation of one of more nerves

  • Contagious skin diseases e.g. scabies, ringworm, head lice, Impetigo, cold sores, conjunctivitis , wounds as there is a high risk of cross infection clients must not be treated. Once the infection has been treated with medication and has cleared up treatment can be carried out.

  • Viral or fungal diseases e.g. Athlete’s foot, Veruccas or Warts, Nail infections. Do not treat until the area is clear of infection.

  • Septic wounds, boils, folliculitis,–do not treat until the infection has been treated and has cleared up as cross infection can occur.

  • Abdominal or digestive complaints e.g. diarrhoea or hernia

  • Infectious diseases e.g. Flu, Measles, Mumps, Scarlet Fever, Chicken Pox etc. Massage will make you feel worse and You expose your infection/virus to other people eg. your therapist.

 Local contraindications mean that the therapist cannot massage over areas affected by the following conditions (massage can worsen the problem)

  • Undiagnosed lumps and bumps

  • Varicose veins- swollen veins.  Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, if apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.

  • Pregnancy

  • Bruising

  • Cuts and abrasions

  • Sunburn

  • Inflammation (Massage can further irritate an area of inflammation). Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in –itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis (inflammation of the joints), and so on. In the case of localised problems, you can still massage around them, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.

  • Undiagnosed pain

  • Hernia: Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. It's not a good idea to try to push these organs back inside. Surgery works better.

  • Broken bones: Therapist will stay away from an area of mending bones. A little light massage to the surrounding areas, though, can improve circulation and be quite helpful.

  • Skin problems: Therapist should avoid anything that looks like it shouldn't be there, such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, for example. Usually these problems are local, so you can still massage in other areas.