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massage therapy and related bodywork modalities are non-invasive, relaxing, and natural. it is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. however, there are three types of contraindications. a contraindication is a condition or factor that increases risk to a client or therapist. a total contraindication, is when massage/bodywork should not be performed at all. a local contraindication, when massage/bodywork can be performed except over the affected or contraindicated areas.. a medical contraindication, when massage/bodywork can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.

the following restrictions are in place to protect your health and well-being. thank you for taking them as seriously as we do.

total contraindications

when you have any of these conditions, please do not receive bodywork if you present any of these:

  • fever
  • contagious or infectious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem.
  • under the influence of drugs or alcohol- including prescription pain medication
  • recent operations or acute injuries
  • neuritis
  • skin diseases

local contraindications

the therapist can perform massage/bodywork but not over any areas affected by:

  • varicose veins
  • cuts
  • undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • sunburn
  • pregnancy
  • inflammation, including arthritis
  • bruising or abrasions
  • undiagnosed pain

medical contraindications

a treatment release, signed by your primary care physician must be received before receiving treatment if you have been diagnosed with any of the following:

  • cancer
  • pregnancy
  • hiv/aids