There are several contraindications for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage:
If you suspect that you’re in any condition to avoid a massage, consult your physician.
Before you begin your session, I'll ask you if there are any particular areas or conditions that you want me to address during the massage session. It is very, did I say VERY important that you inform me or your practioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you ask them whether they advise you receiving massages.
At your first visit you should be asked to answer or fill in a client form, some of these are simple and others seem to be a university thesis. This provides me or the therapist basic things like your name (John Smith if very popular for those wanting to be anonymous for whatever reason - god knows why?), address and phone number, it will also have a place for you to jot down any underlying medical conditions. This is especially important if you are having a wax treatment and are HIV positive. I'm not here to judge anyone and am not bothered by anyone that is positive but because of the nature of waxing and especially men's strong hair growth it is important for me to know. You should also inform me or your bodyworker/masseur about any new medical or physical conditions on any follow up sessions that you have.
Any cuts, bruises, open sores, blistering, redness or swelling, these areas will be painful when touched and could become infected, so are best avoided.
Any contagious skin conditions, such as ringworm, impetigo, scabies or herpes (cold sores), should also be advised of to prevent the risk of passing them onto your bodyworker/masseur/OR ME !
Large areas of bruising on the skin may indicate internal injuries, so massage could be extremely dangerous.
Conditions relating to the bones and the skeleton, which include brittle bones, osteoporosis and spondylitis, are clearly contraindicated for massage because of the high risk of injury to the client. Bone diseases, congenital problems and habitual poor posture can cause spinal weakness. In such cases it is advisable to massage only after you have sought medical advice.
You should also be aware of any head, neck or shoulder injuries, such as whiplash. massage could make these conditions worse, so CHECK WITH A DOCTOR.
With high blood pressure there could be a risk of clotting, so always seek medical advice. When this is related to high stress levels, massage can be effective in reducing stress triggers, but do seek medical advice first. Low blood pressure increases the likelihood of feeling faint so make sure you or your client gets up slowly after a massage. Recent haemorrhages, a history of thrombosis and embolisms are other blood disorders that can cause problems. Anyone with any of these conditions should not be massaged in the absence of medical supervision. Although massage can be helpful in boosting circulation, varicose veins should be treated with great care and no pressure should be applied to affected areas.
This condition requires medical advice before carrying out any treatment. Epilepsy is normally controlled and stabilised by medication, but it is thought that stimulating massage, particularly to the head, can trigger an attack.
Massage is contraindicated with cancer, but is is increasingly recognised as having a supportive role in palliative care. Always seek medical advice first. It is not advisable to receive or give a massage immediately after chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Massage can be helpful during pregnancy but remember that you are getting two people NOT one, so be particularly sensitive. Avoid the abdomen, and use a lighter pressure than normal, and this is particularly crucial during the first trimester.
Head massage is ideal treatment during pregnancy, as it is possible to remain sitting rather than lying down, which can be awkward and uncomfortable.
The rule of working lightly also applies to children, the frail and the elderly. Adjustment of pressure according to the energy of the person that is getting massaged, and even when treating robust looking older children, it is advisable to work lightly until you are both familiar with massage. If it is done too strongly it can stimulate a rise of energy that is too much for the young body and could cause them to faint.
For babies, gentle body and foot massage can be soothing and nurturing, however, as babies' skulls are so delicate, due to the unfused fontanels, massaging the head is NOT advisable.
People can have emotional reactions to massage such s feeling tearful or upset. This is because the effect of massage can be to release pent up feelings. In these situations, decide whether you want to continue or to pause for a while before carrying on with the massage, I'm sensitive to you and your needs and have experienced this on more than a couple of occasions.
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