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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.