Occasions when your massage cannot take place or will be modified

Sometimes we will not be able to deliver your massage treatment for various reasons. This may be due to an underlying medical condition or a local contraindication.

If for whatever reason your massage cannot take place, your Therapist will discuss this with you and we will do our best to refer you to an appropriate health care professional. We reserve the right to refuse all treatments in cases where we deem it inappropriate to deliver our treatments.

Please see our list below of global and local contraindications and modifications:

Global Contraindications

These conditions prevent the application of massage. Please make your therapist aware as soon as possible if you have any of the below conditions.

  • Acute injuries (that have occurred with the last 72 hours)
  • Inoculations (with the last 24 hours)
  • Contagious illnesses such as flues and colds
  • Acute hypo/hyperthermia
  • Atherosclerosis/arteriosclerosis
  • Under the influence of alcohol  or recreational drugs
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Peritonitis
  • Phlebitis
  • Recent Surgery
  • Sever Haemophilia
  • Sever Oedema
  • Severe sports injuries
  • Sever pain
  • Shock
  • Strong medication
  • Tumours
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Undiagnosed lumps
  • Pregnancy

Local Contraindications

For some condition we may need to avoid specific areas of the body, but we may be able to apply massage elsewhere away from the affected area. If you have any of the local contraindications listed below or have a query or concern please highlight this in your pre-appointment telephone call.

  • Bruises
  • Contusions
  • Dermatitis
  • Folliculitis
  • Hernias
  • Open wounds
  • Radiation
  • Sever varicose veins
  • Sunburns
  • Melanoma (skin cancer)
  • Metal Pins or plates
  • Myositis ossifications
  • Pacemaker
  • Undiagnosed skin disorders
  • Verrucas


For the following conditions, modifications can be made for your treatment; this may involve (but is not limited to) adjustment to the depth of the massage stoke, type of massage strokes used, the length of your session, or whether you need a written confirmation from your  doctor before attending your first appointment. Please highlight any conditions, queries or concerns that you might have in your pre-appointment telephone call.

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Minor surgery
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Whiplash