Massage therapy is generally safe and can be applied to a wide range of individuals at any age. Even so, there are certain conditions that are contraindicated. If you suffer from certain illness and diseases, massage therapy may worsen the condition. If you have localized problems, the therapist will avoid the area. If you suspect that massage might be contraindicated, be sure to talk to your doctor before scheduling an appointment with a massage therapist.

When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage right away; wait to get healthier. Always consult your doctor first to make sure massage is recommended for you.

  • Burns and open wounds
  • Fever
  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu
  • Recent operations or acute injuries
  • Severe skin diseases
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol (including prescription pain medication)
  • Acute flare-up of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lack of sensation caused by diabetes paralysis, sensory motor amnesia, nerve injury

Depending on your individual health condition you may need approval from a doctor to receive massage. If you have any of the following please consult your doctor before scheduling an appointment:

  • Cardiovascular conditions (hypertension, heart conditions, thrombosis, phlebitis)
  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Nervous or psychotic conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves


Local Contraindications

Massage can be performed but not over any areas affected by:

  • Open wounds
  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Sunburn
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Injured / damaged skin or contagious skin condition