• Cathy Morris

Pre-Massage Questions

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

What is a Massage Contraindication?

Contraindication definition is - something (such as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable.

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and beneficial. There are, however, three types of contraindications to massage.

Prior to your first treatment, you will complete a consultation form. If you have booked a treatment and have any of the contraindications listed below, please get in touch before your treatment.

Medical Conditions

Contraindications where treatment may need to be restricted

Cases in which treatment should not go ahead at all

Medical Contraindications

Medical contraindications that may require written medical permission from your Doctor prior to treatment (in cases where medical permission cannot be obtained, clients must give informed consent in writing prior to treatment). If you have any of the below, please get in touch to discuss before you come for your treatment:

  • Cardiovascular conditions (Thrombosis, Phlebitis, untreated hypertension, heart conditions)

  • Haemophilia

  • Medical oedema

  • Osteoporosis

  • Arthritis

  • Nervous/Psychotic conditions

  • Epilepsy

  • Recent operations

  • Diabetes

  • Asthma

  • Nervous system problems (Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Motor Neurone)

  • Allergies

  • Bells Palsy

  • Inflamed/trapped/pinched nerve

  • Cancer

  • Spastic conditions

  • Kidney infections

  • Hormonal implants

  • Acute rheumatism

  • Undiagnosed pain

  • Whiplash

  • Slipped disc

  • Cervical spondylitis

  • Pregnancy

  • On prescription medication

  • Any condition already being treated by a GP/another complementary practitioner

Contraindications that may restrict treatment

On the day you have booked your message, the following conditions may restrict your treatment. Please let me know on arrival if any of the below relate to you on the day:

  • Varicose veins

  • Localised swelling

  • Inflammation

  • Abdomen (1st few days of menstruation)

  • Breastfeeding

  • Pregnancy (abdomen)

  • Abrasions

  • Scar tissue

  • Sunburn

  • Cuts

  • Haematoma/severe bruising

  • Recent fractures

  • Gastric ulcers

  • Hernia

  • Just eaten a heavy meal

  • Hypersensitive skin

  • Bruises

  • Conditions affecting the neck

Total Contraindications

If you have any of the conditions listed below, please defer your treatment to a later date:

  • Coronavirus / have been in contact recently with someone you think might have been infected / you have any symptoms yourself

  • Skin diseases

  • Infection diseases (eg flu or colds - no matter how mild)

  • Fever

  • Recent operations

  • Acute injuries

  • Neuritis

  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  • Diarrhoea/vomiting

  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps

Get in touch if you'd like to book a treatment:



0743 437 4035

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