People seek massage therapy as an alternative healing method to assist in the prevention of illness and disease, as an effective form of relaxation and stress relief, a way to facilitate faster recovery from injury and chronic pain, as well as for the support of general health and well-being. Massage therapy appears to have few serious risks — if it is performed by a properly trained therapist and if appropriate cautions are followed. The number of serious injuries reported is very small. Side effects of massage therapy may include temporary pain or discomfort, bruising, swelling and a sensitivity or allergy to massage oils.
A contraindication indicates that a client having a health concern, medical condition, or injury would potentially become worse, or further injured, if the applications of body work or massage were applied. Contraindications can be full body, partial, or both.
Massage therapy does not take the place of medical treatment, or should be the substitute for diagnosis or examination by a medical professional.
- When in doubt, the client should consult his or her physician prior to receiving massage or bodywork.
- The client should inform the therapist of any medical or health conditions (or change in conditions since previous visit) so the session can be modified or even considered.
- Pregnant women should consult their health care provider before using massage therapy.
Full Body Contraindications
For certain medical conditions massage therapy is generally contraindicated, or should be avoided at the time. These include:
- systemic contagious or infectious diseases, including the common cold
- acute conditions requiring first aid or medical attention
- severe unstable hypertension
- undiagnosed illness
- nerve pain
- severe headaches
- pain in the internal organs
- tremor or seizures
- blood or lymph diseases or disorders, including high or low blood pressure (as well as clients taking blood-thinning medications.)
- HIV or AIDS
- currently under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs
- certain over-the-counter and perscription drugs that may produce a decrease in sensitivity, such as pain medication, aspirin which is a blood thinner, etc.)
Partial Body Contraindications
For the following conditions massage therapy is locally contraindicated, or the affected areas are to be avoided:
- acute flare-up of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
- deep vein thrombosis
- local contagious or irritable skin conditions
- open sores or wounds
- recent fractures
- recent surgery (best after 6-8 weeks)
- recent burn
Other Policies and Considerations
- Proper draping proceedures will be used during the session. Only the area being worked on will be uncovered.
- Clients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during the entire session. Informed written consent must be provided by parent or legal guardian for any client under the age of 18.
- Clients reserve the right to communicate their preferences, concerns, questions, or expectations at any point througout the session.
- Both I as the therapist and you as the client reserve the right to terminate the massage therapy or body work session at any point.
- Both I as a therapist and you as a client deserve and should expect courtesy, consideration, dignity, and respect to maintain a healthy and positive theraputic relationship.
- I value and respect your privacy. I honor the confidentiality of the therapeutic relationship. Any information you give to me will be held with the utmost care, and will not be used in ways to which you have not consented.
- If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please notify me as soon as possible-- preferably 24 hours in advance or at least two hours notice.