Abbey Horanburg, LMT

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What are the contraindications of massage treatment?

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

  • TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all.
  • LOCAL, when massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas.


The following restrictions are in place to protect your health and well-being. Thank you for taking them as seriously as we do.


Total Contraindications

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

  • Fever
  • 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
  • Skin diseases


Local Contraindications

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

  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Pregnancy
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Inflammation


Contraindications to Hot Stone Massage   

Hot stone massage is not suitable for everyone. Please review the list of contraindications below. If any of these conditions apply to you, then you should not receive hot stone massage.

*Blood clots / prone to blood clots
*Bruise easily
*Cancer, chemotherapy or radiations treatments
*Depressed immune system
(lupus, HIV/AIDS, cancer, Epstein Barr, mononucleosis, etc.)
*Heart problems
*Heat Sensitivity
*High Blood Pressure
*Inflamed Skin Conditions
*Nerve Trauma
*Open wounds or sores
*Peripheral vascular disorder
*Recent Surgery
*Taking medications that have side effects to heat
(Please check with your pharmacist if you are not certain.)
*Varicose veins

Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?

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


If you have any further questions or concerns regarding contraindications of your treatment, please contact us at anytime.