When is Massage Not Allowed?

Massage therapy is NOT recommended (also called contraindicated) for people with certain conditions as follows:

  • People with an infectious skin disease, any skin disease, rash, cuts, abrasions or open wounds
  • Immediately after surgery
  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
  • People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease or any serious heart condition, check with your doctor before having a massage
  • Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
  • Anyone with a fever
  • Over Varicose Veins.
  • Untreated Hypertension
  • Pitting Edema
  • Angina
  • Epilepsy
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Sunburn
  • Neuritis
  • On some prescription medications

Some of these conditions can be worked around and others would be a complete contraindication.  Your highly trained massage therapist will inform you when and if either of these is the case.

Massage will not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.