No one ever tells you this until it's too late - that is when you are with the massage therapist or masseur and you will have wasted their time and yours.
When you shouldn't come for a massage.
You shouldn't go for a massage if you have a fever You have a contagious or infectious disease You are under the influence of alcohol or drugs You had an operation recently You have neuritis Or you have a skin disease.
When you need to get a doctor's permission to have a massage.
You should get your GP's permission if any of the following applies to you:
Cardio vascular conditions (thrombosis, plebitis, hypertenion, hypootension, heart conditions) Haemophilia Pregnancy Medical oedema Osteoporosis Arthritis Nervous/Psychotic conditions Epilepsy Recent Operations Diabetes Asthma Any dysfunction of the nervous system (e.g. Muscular sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Motor neuron disease) Bell's Palsy Trapped/Pinched nerve (e.g. sciatica) Inflamed nerve Cancer Postural deformities Spastic conditions Kidney infections Whiplash Prolapsed disc Undiagnosed pain Acute rheumatism When taking prescribed medication Any condition already being treated by a GP or another complementary practitioner
When you cant have a full-body massage.
If any of the following applies to you, I will not be able to massage on or around the affected areas:
Undiagnosed lumps, bumps or localised swelling Varicose veins Gastric ulcers Bruising Cut or abrasions Scar tissue (2 years after a major operation and 6 months for a small scar) Haematoma Hernia A fracture within the last three months Cervical spondylitis Conditions affecting the neck Sunburn Hormonal implants You are in your first few days of menstruation Undiagnosed pain Inflammation Or you have eaten a heavy meal