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What are the Contraindications to Massage therapy/ reflexology Treatment?

Massage therapy/ reflexology treatments are non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people.

However, there are three types of contraindication:

✅ TOTAL – When massage therapy/ reflexology should not be performed at all.

✅ LOCAL – When massage therapy/ reflexology can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas.

✅ MEDICAL- when massage therapy/ reflexology can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.

Massage Therapist / Reflexologists at The Bodywise Clinic have put the following restrictions in place to protect your health and well-being. Thank you for taking them as seriously as they do!

Total Contraindications

When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage therapy/ reflexology session:

  • Fever
  • Pregnancy in the 1st Trimester (up to 13 weeks’ duration)
  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
  • Recent operations or acute injuries
  • Neuritis (inflammation of a peripheral nerve or nerves, usually causing pain and loss of function)
  • Skin diseases
  • Cancer

Local Contraindications

Your therapist can treat but not over any areas affected by:

  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Inflammation, including arthritis

Medical Contraindications

If if you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage therapy/ reflexology can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician.

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
  • Oedema
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nervous or psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
  • Gynecological infections

Does a medical contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?

Not always. In fact, massage therapy/ reflexology can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above cases it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists / reflexologists, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact your physician.

If you require a health insurance receipt please notify us at the time of your initial booking so we can book you in with a Therapist registered with an Association.
The Bodywise Clinic is located on the 2nd Floor of our Dublin 2 of our Suffolk Street location. Unfortunately, there is no lift on the premises. Should you need assistance walking up/down the stairs, please notify us and one of us will be more than happy to assist you.
Please be advised that The Bodywise Clinic Dublin has a 24hr cancellation policy. Failure to cancel your appointment less than 24hrs before your scheduled appointment will incur a 50% charge. New Clients, please arrive 10mins before your appointment to allow time to fill out our Consultation Form. Please be also aware that late arrivals will be charged the full amount for their scheduled appointment duration. Our busy therapists have an obligation to start the next appointment on time. We appreciate your cooperation with regards to the above. The Bodywise Team