Massage contraindications


Massage allows the optimum functioning of the body’s soft tissues by ensuring an easy and smooth glide-and-slide movement.
There are a number of situations in which massage is contraindicated. In certain circumstances a massage in general or on a specific part of the body is not advised or recommended. In some cases a massage treatment may be more detrimental than beneficial and may even cause serious medical problems.

Generally Contraindicated
massage should be avoided
•    heart disease and heart abnormalities: through relaxation the heart rate may decrease
•    severe vascular disease: pressure can damage the weakened vessels
•    infectious skin diseases:  risk of stimulating the process, danger of spreading
     or aggravation
•    fever: massage will aggravate the increased metabolism
•    contagious diseases such as flu and severe cold: massage worsens the symptoms
•    boil: highly contagious and increased risk of spreading the infection


Locally Contraindicated
massage can be performed but affected areas are to be avoided
•    acute trauma, injury, burns, open wounds, fractures, bruising or swelling
•    inflammation or tumors: risk of aggravation or spreading
•    thickening, when/if  there is doubt about the cause
•    varicose veins
•    undiagnosed lumps or bumps
•    psoriasis or eczema


Medically Contraindicated
Massage can be performed with caution. The duration, the techniques  and especially the pressure have to be adjusted to each individual case:
•    high and low blood pressure
•    thrombosis and use of blood thinners
•    bone and muscle diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis, rheumatism
•    muscle and tendon partial tears
•    use of medications such as antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory and medications
     affecting driving ability
•    recovery after surgery or illness
•    mild vascular disease
•    pregnancy


The client’s health and safety is Health-Choice’s most important concern.
Together we will look at the optimal form of massage and techniques that will suit your specific needs. When in doubt, you will be referred to your general practitioner.

Massage therapy does not constitute medical treatment and is not a substitute for a medical examination or diagnosis. If you are dealing with a serious health condition consult your GP before seeking massage therapy and ensure  that your massage practitioner is informed.
Health-Choice shall not be held liable for any claims, demands or actions arising out or related to any damage or injury that may arise or be sustained as a result of its services.