Massage is non-invasive, relaxing and natural and is generally a safe treatment for most people. However there are health factors known as contraindications which may affect the type of treatment or areas massage is carried out upon.

Local contraindications are usually discovered during the consultation process.  Please note – a contraindication does not always mean that treatment cannot take place. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the cases below it is best to have advice from your physician or doctor prior to treatment commencing.  The following restrictions are in place to protect your health and well-being:

A Total Contraindication means that the client cannot receive any massage with any of the following conditions:

  • Fever
  • Contagious or infectious diseases
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Recent operations
  • Neuritis
  • Skin diseases

Local contraindicationsmeans massage cannot be carried out over areas affected by the following conditions:

  • Undiagnosed lumps and bumps
  • Varicose veins
  • Pregnancy
  • Bruising
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Inflammation, including arthritis

Medical contraindications means that if you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once you have written consent from your doctor or health professional:

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
  • Medical Oedema
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Nervous and psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Bell’s Palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
  • Acute Arthritis and Rheumatism
  • sthma and Bronchitis
  • Kidney infections

Please note – It is likely that even if you present with one of the above contraindications (apart from a Total Contraindication in which case massage cannot take place), We may still be able to offer you a treatment which will be tailor-made to your situation.

If you are in any doubt, please call us and we can discuss your options.

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