Massage Info

Welcome to our contraindications page

Massage is a safe, non-invasive and relaxing treatment that is great for both your body and mind. However, there are times when a massage treatment may not be suitable. These circumstances are known as ‘contraindications’ and are broken down into three categories: Total (when you shouldn’t have a massage), Local (when you can have a massage but the person giving the massage will need to avoid the affected area) and Medical (when you should consult with your healthcare provider before receiving massage).

Please read about all of these below to be sure that you’re OK to enjoy any Kneader Massage, but note that this list is not extensive. If you’re in any doubt about a current health condition, please check with your healthcare provider first.

Total Contraindications (when you shouldn’t have a massage)

  • Fever or any contagious diseases or conditions (including colds and flu)
  • If you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescription pain medication)
  • Neuritis (painful inflammation of a nerve) or any nerve-based conditions such as Bell’s palsy or acute trapped/pinched nerves
  • Any skin conditions and/or skin diseases, such as acute eczema, psoriasis or skin cancer

Local Contraindications (inform your massage-giver so that they can avoid the affected area if it’s in the area to be massaged)

  • Bruising, acne, sunburn, recent scars, cuts or abrasions
  • Any undiagnosed inflammation or pain
  • Varicose veins
  • Localised arthritis or rheumatism
  • Localised psoriasis or eczema

Medical Contraindications (when you should consult your healthcare provider before getting a massage)

Please note that many people with the conditions below can benefit from massage, but you need to make sure that it’s safe for you to do so.

  • Pregnancy (if you’re in your first trimester and/or have a history of miscarriages – please let your therapist know you’re pregnant!)
  • Cardiovascular conditions, including thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension and heart conditions (such as angina or those with pacemakers)
  • Oedema
  • High blood pressure
  • If you’ve been affected by a stroke or had any recent accidents or operations within the last 6 months
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Gynecological infections or conditions
  • Any physical or mental conditions that you are either taking medication and/or receiving professional treatment for

Also, please read our Massage Aftercare, as this page contains advice on how to help you fully enjoy your Kneader massage.