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What are contraindications and why are they important?

Contraindications are certain medical conditions and situations that mean a massage is not permitted. 


The following are total contraindications. If you are suffering from any of these you cannot receive a massage at this time:

  • If you are currently suffering from Covid-19, or are in the immediate recovery phase

  • Contagious immune condition; e.g. chickenpox, measles, TB, hepatitis B, meningitis

  • Contagious skin disease; e.g. scabies, impetigo, ringworm, pediculosis, scalp infection

  • Acute neuritis

  • Acute illness such as fever, flu, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting or an active migraine

If you suffer from any of the following medical contraindications, you may receive a massage if you have a doctors note to state that it is safe for you to do so:

  • If you have recovered/are recovering from Covid-19 

  • Recent major surgery (within the last six months)

  • Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy

  • Cardiovascular conditions such as a recent heart attack, thrombosis, hyper or hypo tension, phlebitis

  • Recent stroke, haemorrhage or blood clots

  • Cancer (active or in remission)

  • HIV positive

  • Osteoporosis or spondylitis

  • Nervous system disorders such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, motor neuron disease

  • Bells palsy

  • Trapped, pinched or inflamed nerve

  • Mental illness

  • Haemophilia or medical oedema

  • Slipped or herniated disc

  • Whiplash

  • Kidney infection

  • Hormonal implants

  • Recent severe, undiagnosed headaches, lumps or bumps

  • Any condition being treated by a GP, other specialist, or other complementary practitioner

  • Taking any prescribed medication

  • Severe allergies

If you are pregnant or suspect you might be, unfortunately I am not currently qualified to give you a massage.

If you have one of the following local contraindication you may receive a massage but the treatment will be tailored to avoid the area of concern:

  • Non-contagious skin disorder such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis

  • Open wounds, bruises, abrasions, sunburn

  • Recent sprains, muscle strains, fractures, scar tissue

  • Enlarged veins or varicose ulcers

  • Inflamed or painful arthritic joints

  • Areas of specific foci such as herpes simplex, boils, athlete's foot.

If you have any concerns or questions about your medical condition and your suitability to receive a massage please

get in touch.

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