5 Reasons When to Avoid a Massage
It’s lovely to have a massage booked in the diary, but there are some exceptions when a massage isn’t always the best thing for you.
When you are ill
Whether it’s a virus or bacterial infection, massage, when you are ill, will generally make you feel worse as your body is trying to fight the infection.
In these situations, the best thing is to go to bed, wrap yourself up warm and get plenty of rest and hydrate yourself with herbal teas.
Plus, I don’t want to catch it either 😉 and it could be spread to other clients via airborne particles.
After recent vaccinations/immunisations
Whether you are going on holiday or are pregnant, a massage within a day or two of your vaccination/immunisations is generally not a good idea as you might experience some local tenderness to your arm, I know how sensitive my arm’s are following jab’s!
It is also possible to spread the virus that you have been immunised against quickly through your body, which can then make you feel really ill.
Depending on what it is and where it is, normally massage can be performed but will avoid the area such as athlete’s foot or verrucae.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where you have a blood clot in a vein.
This is when massage would be dangerous to have as it could cause a piece to break off and cause either a heart attack or stroke, depending on where the clot ended up.
Alcohol can alter the pain threshold, so you could end up having a massage that you don’t realise is too deep/painful for you due to your pain receptors being dulled by the alcohol.
The same goes with recreational drugs, plus they can both inhibit your judgement and can cause you to act in a manner that is not appropriate.
If you are in any doubt as to whether you are ok to have a massage, then please do contact your therapist as soon as possible so that they can advise if it’s ok or not, and if not, then they have time to get someone in your place.