Please note that all treatments are subject to medical status, some medical conditions require a Doctor’s note.
A full list can be found below.
If you are still unsure, please contact us for assistance.
Suitability of treatments will be confirmed on arrival during your consultation with your Therapist.
If booked treatments are unsuitable we will endeavour to offer alternatives, where possible.
Master Therapist reserves the right to refuse treatment where it is deemed to be a risk to the health and safety of the customer or Therapist.
Contraindications– means you are not able to receive massage treatments or they may be limited to certain areas of your body.
Contraindications are there for your health and safety along with that of your therapist.
Total Contraindication– an occurrence where massage is avoided completely. This is usually due to customer reasons and therapist safety.
Relative Contraindication– an occurrence, where a Therapist may proceed with the treatment with a Doctor’s note but will need to modify techniques related to the customer’s condition e.g., using lighter pressure.
Local Contraindication– an occurrence in which a local area of the customer’s body should not be massaged under any circumstances. This may be to avoid spreading infection or to avoid further injury.
Disorder of the Nervous System
Stroke- There is a high-risk os a second stroke occurring within 6 months.
Undiagnosed severe headaches that come suddenly with no previous history of headaches and dizziness or numbness or sleepiness.
Disorder of the Heart and Blood
Heart attack- because there is a very high risk of reoccurrence in two to three months after the attack, massage is contraindicated. After this time is permitted with a Doctor’s letter.
Haemophilia- severe haemophilia is a total contraindication to massage
Severe Anemia- massage is permitted for mild anemia, however, contraindicated for severe anemia.
Disorder of the Immune System
Cancer- if undergoing treatment. Doctor’s certificate with consent must be provided. If currently not undergoing treatment, we would carry out the treatment. Massage should be very light and gentle, no aromatherapy oils should be used and the site of cancer if relevant should be avoided.
Disorder of the Abdominal Organs
Hepatitis is contraindicated in acute stages for customers and therapist protection
Cirrhosis of the liver- is contraindicated for advanced cirrhosis.
Disorder of the Urinary System
Acute urinary tract infections
Acute or chronic renal failure
Acute stages of gout
Kidney stone attack
Conditions of the Reproductive System
Pregnancy- We do not perform treatments during pregnancy.
Infectious Skin Conditions (viral, fungal, parasites and bacterial)
NonInfectious Skin Disorders
Areas of skin that are bleeding, broken or weeping fluid.
Undiagnosed severe headaches
Skeletal System Diseases
Disorders of the Nervous System
Stroke- after 6 months
Transient ischaemic attack- (TIA- a mini-stroke from which the person recovers with little or no damage.)
Meningitis, brain haemorrhage, and brain tumours
Epilepsy- active epilepsy only (previous 18 months). No essential oils.
Disorders of the Motor Nerve System
Multiple sclerosis (MS)- massage is indicated in subacute stages when the customer is in remission.
Neuralgia- Light massage to relieve muscle tension can be beneficial. Deep massage is contraindicated.
Disorders of the Endocrine System
Diabetes- Doctor’s note only needed if not under medical control (diet or insulin)
Infectious Respiratory Disorders
Tuberculosis (TB)- until the customer has been on medication for 1 month
Inflammatory Respiratory Disorders
Disorders of the Heart and Blood
Unstable Angina- Only with Doctor’s note
Heart failure- Only with Doctor’s note
High blood pressure- Deep abdominal massage is contraindicated, high blood pressure that is not controlled by medication requires Doctor’s note. Low blood pressure is not contraindicated but extra care is needed.
Thickening of the arteries- Only with Doctor’s note, if permitted gentle massage only.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)- Totally contraindicated for 3-6 months after diagnosis, for customers/ therapist protection. After that period, only with Doctor’s note. If permitted gentle massage only.
Leukaemia- Only with Doctor’s note. If permitted gentle massage only.
Disorder of the Immune System
HIV/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Local Contraindications- avoid the affected area
Skeletal System Injuries
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis- in acute stages
Ankylosing spondylitis- in acute stages
Disorders that affect motor nerve supply
Noninfectious Skin Conditions
Eczema- only when open and weeping
Psoriasis- only when skin is brokenRecent surgery and open wounds
Infectious Skin Conditions (bacterial, fungal and viral)
Acne (Vulgaris)- depending on severity and degree of inflammation
Boils and carbuncles
Warts and Verrucas
Herpes- cold sore
The Cardiovascular System
Varicose veins- massage is contraindicated in the area directly over or immediately below the veins
Phlebitis- Massage of the affected area is contraindicated.
Disorders of The Abdominal Organs
Urinary System Disorders
Joints/limbs affected with gout or on the abdomen in nonacute stages of urinary tract infection.
Abdominal Contraindications- massage needs to be adapted
Fibroids if localised pain