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Relaxing, non-invasive, and natural, massage is an amazing way to aid your body, but it is not a replacement for regular medical care. And there are times when it is not advised to have a massage, or at least to double check with your doctor. To help you decide, I have listed some Total, Medical and Localised contraindications below.  

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Total Contraindications 

When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

  • Fever

  • Contagious diseases - including colds 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 - damage to the peripheral nervous system

  • Skin diseases

  • Botox & Fillers - if you have had it in the last 3 months, you cannot have a Natural Face Lift massage

Local Contraindications

Massage can be performed, but

not over any areas affected by:

  • Varicose veins

  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps

  • Pregnancy

  • Bruising

  • Cuts

  • Abrasions

  • Sunburn

  • Undiagnosed pain

  • Inflammation, including arthritis 

  • Botox & Fillers - if you have had it in the last 3 months, you cannot have a general face massage.

Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?


Not all the time, in fact massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above cases it is best to have advice from your GP.


Unless they are also qualified doctors, massage therapists cannot - under law - attempt to diagnose a condition. We only do massage - but we do it very well!

Medical Contraindications

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 GP.

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)

  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner

  • Oedema

  • Psoriasis or eczem

  • High blood pressure

  • Osteoporosis

  • Cancer

  • Nervous or psychotic conditions

  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers

  • Epilepsy

  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves

  • Gynecological infection

  • Diabetes - please make sure you eat at least 1.5 hours before your massage and you bring any  nesseseracy equipment with you, eg: insulin, glucose.


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