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Thursday 13 #1–Deep tissue Massage contraindications


Certain areas should be avoided or caution used while receiving deep tissue massage.

In general infections and undiagnosed pain should be checked by a medical doctor.
Moreover, your therapist needs to be informed of certain conditions that would not be beneficial to your health. Communication is key.

  1. Acute injuries– Sprains/ strains within the acute inflammatory stage. Within in the first few days of incident, injuries should be avoided. First aid, R.I.C.E. Rest, ice , compress, and elevate injured area. Very light massage during and definitely after this stage can speed recovery time, the healing process, and limit scar tissue formation.
  2. Varicose veins.
  3. Open wounds. Again, massage after the acute stage can help can limit scar tissue.
  4. Areas with sensation loss.
  5. DVT, deep vein thrombosis, i.e. blood clots
  6. Eyes. Obviously a finger in the eye is not good. Also, care should be taken if contact lenses are worn. It may be better to remove them for treatment.
  7. Tumors, benign tumors could be stimulated by deep transverse friction.
  8. Areas of main arteries (i.e. the groin, armpit, and front of neck). Much care is taken while massage is being done in these areas.
  9. Deep pressure over nerves.
  10. Bony prominences. The styloid process behind the ear, spineous processes…
  11. Lymph nodes.
  12. Bacterial infections. Boils and or inflamed hair follicles.
  13. Contagious conditions. Cold sores, fungal infections like athletes foot and ringworm.

Colds and infections like the “flu” should not be shared even with your worst enemy. Please be kind and reschedule for a latter time.

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Thursday 13 #1–Massage Modalities

Thirteen Modalities

  1. Shiatsu-literally means “finger pressure”
  2. Medical Massage -doctor prescribed massage
  3. Sports Massage- Massage to help athletes meet their goals
  4. Trigger Point Therapy- Applied pressure to painful knots for relief
  5. Swedish- (aka basic Westernized massage strokes kneading, hacking, gliding) Stress relief massage to restore wellness.
  6. Aromatherapy- therapy enhanced by the healing properties of essential oils
  7. Rolfing- holistic treatment aimed at restructuring the body and body movement
  8. Craniosacral- branch of osteopathy that gently adjusts the head and pelvis to restore the CSF rythym, i.e. systemic cerebral spinal fluid circulation
  9. Myofascial Release- elongating muscle fascia to release tension
  10. Hot-Stone Massage- heated river rocks used to soothe aches and melt away tension
  11. Reflexology- Feet/hands massaged to correspond to different body parts/organs
  12. Onsite Massage- Therapist comes to you. (aka workplace, chair, out call)
  13. Spa Therapy- the “get away from it all” and please pamper me massage

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