Contraindications for Massage

If you have the following local contraindications (LCIs), massage can still be performed while avoiding the area in question. The following areas are considered LCIs:

- Acne esp. cystic

- Athlete's foot or warts

- Blisters, cuts or other open wounds

- Bruises

- Crohn's Disease or Diverticulitis

- Hernias

- Herpes simplex (during flare-up)

- Hypo or hyperthyroid

- Phlebitis or varicose veins

- Poison ivy/oak/sumac rash

- Shingles

- Swollen lymph glands

- Sunburn


If you have any of the following absolute contraindications, massage will not performed and you will be required to obtain clearance from your doctor before massage can be administered. Even then it is at the discretion of your therapist whether you can receive massage. The following are considered ACIs:

- Appendicitis

- Aneurysm

- Atherosclerosis

- Autoimmune diseases during a flare-up

- Cardiac arrest (heart attack) or congestive heart failure

- COPD

- Diarrhea

- Embolism (moving blood clot)

- Fever, Flu, Measles, Meningitis, Chickenpox, etc.

- Gout

- Hepatitis (during flare-up)

- Intoxication whether via drugs (street or prescription) or alcohol

- Jaundice

- Kidney stones

- Lice or bed bugs

- Migraines (active phase)

- Nephrosis

- Recent injury or accident (Must obtain clearance from your doctor after MRI, X-Ray or other diagnostic tool to ensure it's safe for you to receive treatment)

- Rheumatoid arthritis (during flare-up)

- Ringworm, Scabies

- Stroke

- Tuberculosis