Contraindications are reasons to not receive a massage. The list below is just an indication of the sorts of medical issues which, if applicable to your present status, you should bring to the attention of your therapist.
- Arthritis: Massage can further irritate. Arthritis can get worse.
- Artificial blood vessels: implanted through surgery, these areas must be avoided.
- Cancer: not a contraindication, however we suggest to search a therapist, who is specialised in massages for people suffering from a cancer. And check with your doctor first.
- Cirrhosis of the liver: This is an absolute contraindication.
- Diabetes: Massage can change your blood sugar level. A relaxation massage is possible, but please inform your massage therapist about your diabete status.
- Fever: When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defenses.
- Flu: This is an infectious illness and therefore contraindicated.
- Heart disease: Massage affects the blood vessels. A light, sedation massage may be possible, but talk to your doctor first.
- Hernia: Massage doesn’t help here, surgery does.
- High or low blood pressure: Massage affects the blood vessels. A light, sedation massage may be possible, but talk to your doctor first.
- HIV infection: this is not a contraindication.
- Inflammation: Massage can further irritate an area of inflammation. Think about: phlebitis, dermatitis, arthritis or any other illness ending in -itis). In the case of localised problems, massage can be done while avoiding the inflamed area.
- Medication: Anticoagulants / any medication related to illnesses mentioned in this section.
- Osteoporosis: Elderly people with a severe stoop to the shoulders often have this condition, in which bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense for this condition.
- Skin problems: rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, for example. Usually these problems are local, so massage can still be done in other areas.
- Thrombosis: Massage can set blood clots free, so this is a total contraindication.
- Varicose veins: Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, a very light massage next to the problem can be beneficial.
- Other conditions and diseases: each condition has its own precautions, and you should seek a doctor’s opinion before booking a massage.
Please be sure to inform your massage therapist of any medical issue or condition, even if not indicated above, at the time of booking your massage. It may be possible to choose another type of massage more suited to your situation. If you have any doubts, please talk to your doctor before you book an appointment. We take your health very seriously. Should there be any doubts your therapist will decide not to do massage. Your medical information is confidential and will be treated accordingly. It will only be used within the massage practice and is meant for your own health.