Massage Contraindication

What are the Contraindications to Massage Treatment?
Massage treatment is 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 should not be performed at all.
  • LOCAL, when massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas. 
  • MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.

The practitioners at the Center 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:

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
Skin diseases
1st trimester pregnancy

Local Contraindications
The therapist can massage but not over any areas affected by:

Varicose veins
Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
Undiagnosed pain
Inflammation, including arthritis

Medical Contraindications
The therapists at the Center have asked us to let their clients know that if you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage 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
Psoriasis or eczem
High blood pressure
Nervous or psychotic conditions
Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
Gynecological infections

High risk pregnancy (including but not limited to Diabetic Mother, Cardiac Disorders, Chronic Hypertension, previous miscarriage, mothers under 20 or over 35, Asthmatic mother, drug addictions or exposure to drugs, suspected RH Negative Mother)

Facial Contraindication:

Here are some skin conditions for which a facial is contraindicated (not recommended)

Acute sunburn (you can still see an esthetician for a soothing cool compress treatment to help ease your discomfort, but no heat or friction can be employed)
Severe cystic acne with open pustules
Open cuts or abrasions
Bruises and swelling (Get your physician’s approval for     a treatment; post-surgical or post-trauma bruising and swelling can often     be mitigated by gentle manual lymphatic drainage massage)
Active herpes lesions
Conjunctivitis (“pink eye”)
Severe eczema
Severe psoriasis
Fungal infection
Extreme allergic sensitivities
This of course is not a complete list of every medical condition that precludes a facial treatment. If you have any doubts about your suitability for a treatment, consult with your physician.


Massage Practitioners and Estheticians are not trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.  If you are dealing with a serious health or skin condition, check with your health care provider and obtain doctor note before seeking massage therapy and make sure you inform your massage practitioner of any health conditions that may affect the work.