Contra-indications to massage 1

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

A massage consultation

A massage consultation

However there are certain conditions that are contra-indicated for varying reasons.

It is important that your therapist check for contra-indications as the massage could worsen an existing condition.

A shortened or adapted treatment may be possible while still providing an effective treatment, for example,  by avoiding the affected area.

What is a contra-indication?

It is a condition where the therapist must exercise caution or possibly avoid working on an area of the body.

In more extreme cases, you may need to avoid treatment altogether (but at the same time, in such extreme cases a person would rarely be wanting a massage).

Today we will look at LOCAL contra-indications to massage i.e. those where massage can still be given but the area affected must be avoided.

Below is a list of local contra-indications to massage as advised in the UK during massage training.

Skin conditions

Cuts, abrasions, bruises, bites, stings, boils, carbuncles, septic foci (pus present), weeping ulcers, verrucas, athletes foot.

The area affected is contra-indicated because of the risk of infection. Also there may be possible discomfort if the area affected were to be massaged.

If there is slight bleeding, a plaster should be used to cover the infected area as well.

NOTE: Any skin disease (herpes simplex  or cold sores, impetigo, ringworm, scabies, conjunctivitis, folliculitis, head lice) would be a total contra-indication for massage because of the risk of cross-infection.

Pregnancy (over abdomen)

Avoid massaging abdomen in first 12 weeks

Avoid massaging abdomen in first 12 weeks

This is especially important in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and care should be taken not to exert any pressure over the abdomen area.

Menstruation (1st 3 days over abdomen)

There is a risk of causing nausea and queasiness if massaging the abdomen area. Light effleurage however is often beneficial in the treatment of associated stomach cramps. In some cases the abdomen will be too sensitive to work on at all.

Unrecognised redness or scars

Areas of redness can be a sign of inflammation and working over them can aggravate the problem. They should therefore be avoided if it is not clear what has caused the redness.

Newly-formed scars should be avoided until they are healing. Once healing, light effleurage can be used.

Lumps and bumps

In some cases, these could be a sign of something more serious. The area should be avoided and the therapist should inform the client if anything seems abnormal.

Bruises

In the first few days bruises should be avoided because of the obvious discomfort that could be caused.

Broken bones

Areas of fracture must be avoided completely until healed. It is best to avoid working on the whole limb affected.

Burns

The area of the burn should be avoided during the acute stages because of the risk of infection to the thin layer of skin at  the site. Massage would also cause discomfort. When the area is healing, light strokes may be beneficial to assist the healing process.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Massage should not be given over painful or inflamed joint areas. Sometimes light effleurage or friction can be useful as long as it doesn’t cause discomfort as it may help loosen the tendons and ligaments in the area.

This is also true of Osteoarthritis which usually affects the weight-bearing joints of the body.

Hernia, diarrhoea, ulcers (over abdomen)

Any problem in the abdomen area will be aggravated by massage so massage should be avoided in the area concerned. It is important for the therapist to check the client is being treated for the condition. Some of the symptoms may be indicative of a more serious condion and treatment should be avoided completely if the client is passing any blood or has other unusual symptoms.

Very hairy areas (yes, really)

In some cases the area to be treated is so hairy it may cause discomfort. Use more oil or cream or avoid completely.

After an operation

Wait for one year after a major operation before massage over the site of the scar. For minor operations, wait about 6 months.

This is to allow the scar to heal completely and to ensure no complications are going to set in due to the operation.

In some cases, the doctor will prescribe massage (with a physio) to help prevent the scar lesions from binding together.

 

In my next post we’ll look at conditions that are totally contra-indicated, conditions that may be contra-indicated but require medical advice, and additional cautions such as medication and allergies.

 

The ultimate pamper experience in thecomfort of your home

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on:

06.47.14.06.03

 

 

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Reminder September offer

Get off to a great start this September – once you’ve packed the kids off to school, call Just Massage and book yourself an hour’s blissful pampering in the comfort of your own home.

We’re making the decision that much easier by offering you a 30% discount throughout September on ALL our one-hour massages.

That’s 35€ instead of 50€ for 60 minutes of relaxation.

Choose from a wide-range of treatments, well-known for their beneficial effects:

Traditional Chinese massage or TuiNa

Swedish massage

Hawaiian massage or Lomi Lomi

Pregnancy massage

Indian Head massage

Rejuvenating facial massage

Revitalising foot massage

Back massage

Walking on air (feet, legs and stomach – optional)

Members only (legs and arms)

Made to measure (to fit your needs on any specific day)

Offer valid up to and including 30 September 2018.

Offer does not include gift vouchers.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment.

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

Perfect pampering with a home massage

The advantages of a home massage

I’d be the first to admit that a relaxing massage in luxurious surroundings is the nec plus ultra of pampering, but the problem is, many beauty institutes don’t have that special atmosphere.

I’ve been to a few which are too bright, too white (think clinical), where every sound resonates (the clic-clac of the beautician’s shoes, and the voice of next-door’s client like she was in the room with me).

And the problem, of course, with even the best pamper session is that inevitably you have to get back in your car (or worse, on the bus) to make your way home – unless you’re lucky enough to live next door to your massage therapist’s salon.

All the more reason to give Mobile Massage Therapy a go.

So what are the plus sides of a home massage?

Well, there are several:

First and foremost, there’s no need for you to move from the comfort of your own home.

Just pick up the phone and your massage is booked.

No running about trying to get the kids looked after.

No time lost in travelling to and from your appointment (a major problem if you live in a big city or have to commute).

No traffic jams.

home massage = no traffic jams

home massage = no traffic jams

No worrying about being late.

No parking nightmares.

All necessary material brought to your doorstep on time, every time – massage table, oils, clean linen.

And a final, but very important, point is that after your oh-so-relaxing massage session, when you feel like you’re drifting off, you really don’t want to move, you want to stay in this relaxed state forever…you CAN.

After taking all the time you need to come round, you can just roll off the massage table onto your own bed or sofa, wrapped up in your dressing gown or favourite PJs and not move for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

Your mind and body will love you for it.

Now that’s got to be the ultimate in self-indulgence.

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

The ultimate pamper experience in the comfort of your home

For those of you in and around Mérignac (33), treat yourself and call Just Massage now on 06.47.14.06.03

 

Good skin resolutions

Your new mantra for September: I will massage my skin daily (and we’re not just talking about your face!).

Massage boosts blood and lymphatic circulation, so awakening your skin’s radiance.

It stimulates fibroblasts (a cell in connective tissue that synthesizes collagen) and plumps up your skin.

It also tones and relaxes muscles which, in the face, can improve skin elasticity giving a fresher, healthier look.

Check out my earlier blogs for some ideas on building massage into your daily routine:

Improve your skin’s appearance

The facelift massage

Aroma foot massage relieves stress

Ayurvedic self-massage guide

Super September

Get off to a great start this September – once you’ve packed the kids off to school, call Just Massage and book yourself an hour’s blissful pampering in the comfort of your own home.

We’re making the decision that much easier by offering you a 30% discount throughout September on ALL our one-hour massages.

That’s 35€ instead of 50€ for 60 minutes of relaxation.

Choose from a wide-range of treatments, well-known for their beneficial effects:

Traditional Chinese massage or TuiNa

Swedish massage

Hawaiian massage or Lomi Lomi

Pregnancy massage

Indian Head massage

Rejuvenating facial massage

Revitalising foot massage

Back massage

Walking on air (feet, legs and stomach – optional)

Members only (legs and arms)

Made to measure (to fit your needs on any specific day)

Offer valid up to and including 30 September 2018.

Offer does not include gift vouchers.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment.

Just Massage offers home massage in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France).

Perfect pampering with a home massage

Reminder August massage offer

I suffered a lot with swollen ankles and restless legs on my recent holiday in Venice, due to the extreme heat (although I was walking a lot!) and now I’m back in Bordeaux I’m still suffering with temperatures here over 30°C.

Maybe you have the same problem as me.

Enjoy the benefits of a leg massage

This month’s massage offer aims to get the circulation going in your legs so that you’ll feel that you’re Walking on Air (that’s the name of the massage).

This stimulating massage works on the feet, legs and stomach (optional), promotes the circulation of blood and energy in the legs and aids digestive problems.

Walking on Air begins with a thorough foot massage which aims to create space by stretching out the foot, relaxing it so that the energy of the Earth (yin) can penetrate the foot and nourish the whole leg right up to the trunk.

A foot and leg massage relaxes the mind and body

For those with “heavy” legs, the leg massage begins by “opening” the pressure points in the legs so that energy can circulate along the meridians. This is followed by a complete massage of the legs using various techniques specific to Traditional Chinese massage.

Throughout the month of August, Just Massage is offering a 20% discount on a 60 minute Walking on Air massage

40€ instead of 50€ for a 60 minute massage

Offer valid up to and including 31 August 2018.

Offer does not include gift vouchers.

Just call 06.47.14.06.03 for an appointment.

 

August closure

Just Massage is closed from 15-21 August 2018.

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