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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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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 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.

 

Summer closure

Just Massage is closed from 8 July to 29 July 2018 inclusive.

Have a great summer and see you all in August!

June massage offer

Discover the benefits of a Swedish massage this month with our June offer.

Swedish massage was developed, not surprisingly, by a Swede, Per Henrik Ling.

It stimulates the body’s circulation and so helps cleanse and nourish soft tissues by bringing more oxygen and nutrients to cells. It relaxes tense muscles and improves muscle tone. It stimulates the body’s system to greater efficiency.

Great for relaxation, improving sleep patterns and the relief of muscular tension.

Treatment begins with effleurage, followed by kneading, friction, vibrations and percussion techniques.

So set aside an hour this month to have your muscles soothed in our expert hands, and at a discount too!

40€ instead of 50€ for a one-hour Swedish massage.

Valid up to and including 30th June 2018.

Offer does not apply to 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 May massage offer

Do you work in front of a computer all day? Are your shoulders tense, your neck stiff, your eyes tired?

De-stress and chase away those tensions in your upper body with an Indian Head massage.

Traditional Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda (the science of life and longevity in Sanskrit) and has been practised for thousands of years. The Ayurvedic approach to health is holistic, balancing the body, mind and spirit and promoting long life.

Indian Head Massage, as its name suggests, was originally designed for use on the head, but has been Westernized to include the shoulders, upper arms and neck. As such it has become popular as a stress management technique.

Ease stress with an Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage can:

  • Relieve muscular tension and fatigue
  • Improve circulation
  • Help relieve emotional stress and elevate the mood
  • Help improve the condition of the skin and hair
  • Help relieve mental fatigue, promote clearer thinking, improve concentration and increase productivity

Massaging the scalp

Indian Head massage is traditionally given in a seated position. We use a special table head rest to allow you to relax more during the treatment. There is no need to undress but the massage can be more enjoyable if your upper back is uncovered so we can use oils. However, if you prefer to lie down on a massage table, it’s not a problem.

Throughout the month of May we are offering a 10€ discount :

25€ instead of 35€ for a 40 minute Indian Head massage.

Valid up to and including May 31st 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).