3. When should I NOT get a massage?
There are several contraindications for receiving a massage. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not get a massage:
- Any type of infectious disease
- Systemic infections
- Severe cold
- Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
- Liver and kidney diseases
- Blood clot
- Diabetes, toxemia, preeclampsia/eclampsia
- High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
- Heart disease
- Some forms of cancer (ask your doctor)
- Open skin lesions or sores
The guidelines here are pretty straightforward. You don't want the massage to make an underlying medical condition worse, and you don't want to pass anything contagious to the person giving your massage. If you're unsure about whether a minor condition should prohibit you from getting a massage, contact your doctor before scheduling an appointment.
If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your doctor before proceeding on a course of bodywork or massage. If you have an allergy to any oils or lotions (or cats), you should let me know. Please volunteer information if there is anything that I should know.