Contraindications are physical or behavioural reasons that would prevent a massage from taking place in full (or in part) safely. Total contraindication is a very small category, most people can have a massage in full or in part. A consultation form must be completed prior to treatment in order to ascertain whether you have any contraindications or 'special care' conditions present. This is done in order to prioritise your health and the health of your therapist. In the case of certain conditions consent will be required from your GP or specialist.

*Guideline lists are provided below to help you pre-empt the consultation which takes part on your arrival for treatment.

Total Contraindications: Any communicable diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, chicken pox, mumps, if you have suffered an injury or trauma within twenty-four hours, hyper-sensitive skin, severe widespread psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis, any untreated severe medical problems, if you are under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, undesirable behaviour.
Medical approval in writing - consult your GP / specialist Diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, heart conditions, extreme high or low blood pressure, endocrine disorders, medication for a serious condition, cancer, post operative, post natal, severe swelling, severe pain, phlebitis - (thrombosis indicators i.e. inflamation of a vein usually in the leg), any serious skin complaint, sporting injuries.
Special care areas and localised avoidance Pregnancy*, bruises, varicose veins, cuts, grazes, open, skin, rashes, bites, stings, wounds, burns, sun burns, localised swelling, redness, lumps, bumps, broken bones, pustilar acne, menstruation, a heavy meal, diarrhoea or constipation, scars, allergic reactions.

Catherine Rossiter BSc, PGCE, CMT

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