Safety Precautions / Contra-Indications:
Certain medical conditions require the exercise of caution concerning the advisability of giving or receiving massage. If you are in any doubt, or if you are under medical supervision, check with your doctor or other qualified medical practitioner before embarking on massage therapy.
This advice applies particularly in the case of cardiovascular conditions and heart disease, and especially in cases of thrombosis, phlebitis, oedema, acute back pain, raised temperature or contagious disease.
A massage therapist should never apply pressure under or over varicose veins and never massage directly over infected skin, for example where there are warts, herpes, or boils, or where there is inflammation, unexplained lumps, bruises and open cuts.
Massage on the abdomen, legs and feet is best avoided during the first three months of pregnancy. Cancer patients are best treated by specially trained practitioners who know which areas to avoid and which kind of massage is appropriate.