Massage Therapy is considered a very safe and effective treatment. Massage It is a non-evasive, relaxing and natural form of treatment which affects the body’s systems. As a result of this it is recommended that people with certain conditions/ illnesses do not receive treatments, these are what are known as contraindications (a condition that makes therapy inadvisable and would therefore prevent a treatment from taking place). Contraindications can be total, local or medical.

Total contraindications

The therapist will not treat you if you have:

A Fever A Contagious or Infectious Disease (herpes, scabies, impetigo, ringworm) Cancer (Although sometimes in terminal cases, massage therapy can be administered, but only with permission from your doctor) Influenza Tuberculosis Chicken pox or mumps Untreated severe medical problems

Your Massage Therapist may also refuse to treat you if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of treatment.

Local contraindications

Your Massage Therapist can administer Massage Therapy, but will avoid the affected area of the body if you have:

Varicose veins Undiagnosed lumps or bumps Pregnancy Bruising, cuts or open skin Abrasions or skin rashes Sunburn or burns Areas of undiagnosed pain Inflammation or pustular acne Scar Tissue (Can not be massaged for 2 years following a major operation, or for 6 months for a small scar) Menstruation (On the Abdomen for the first few days, or depending on how much pain you are feeling)

Medical Contraindications

Medical approval in writing from your G.P/specialist before having Massage Therapy treatment if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Heart Conditions (including high or low blood pressure)
  • Medical Oedema
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Nervous/ Psychotic Conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Post operative
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Trapped or Pinched Nerves
  • Inflamed Nerve
  • Acute Rheumatism
  • Phlebitis – (thrombosis indicators i.e. inflammation of a vein usually in the leg)
  • Sports injuries
  • Any condition already being treated by your G.P or another complimentary therapist

You will also need to seek medical permission if you:

  • are pregnant
  • have had a recent operation

If any of the above apply to you, we will seek written permission from your G.P before administering treatment.

We will ask you about your medical history during your FREE consultation.