Healing Reactions & Contra-indications

Healing Reactions

This is also referred to as a “contra-action” which is a minor symptom experienced during or following a treatment, as a response to the effect of the treatment.

This means the body is making changes to heal itself, which may include a temporary of worsening of symptoms before reaching a state of balance. This process usually passes within 24 hours after your treatment and you will are likely to feel calmer and better in yourself.

Erythema (redness)
Redness of the skin is a normal reaction mainly due to blood circulation. Blood vessels have dilated and the skin may have been over stimulated, especially following certain massage movements. Excessive heat may have been applied if using Hot Stones. If symptoms worsen or persist then seek medical advice.

During a massage treatment the body begins to get rid of waste products from cellular activity. These flood into the circulatory system and to the liver and kidneys to be filtered out and removed. If the waste products build up to a higher level than can be eliminated, then a headache may occur. If this happens, sip water to keep the body hydrated and rest until the headache disappears.

During a massage the circulation is redirected to the area being treated. If a meal has just been eaten, the blood will be directed away from the digestive system and this will cause nausea. Also the experience of the body re-establishing can cause nausea. It is important to sip water and rests until the feeling subsides.

Allergic reactions
If the skin feels exceptionally hot or cold or if irritation, tingling and itching occurs then bathe the skin immediately with lukewarm water and apply a cool compress. Seek medical advice immediately if the symptoms worsen.

It is important to know that you may experience a feeling of tiredness or fatigue following a massage and in some cases emotional and quite tearful, this is due to the positive release of deep held emotions. Rest as much as possible in order to assist with the healing process.

Increased waste removal
Frequent urination may occur due to stimulation of the sympathetic system. You may also experience active bowels, helping the digestive system to work better. These are all temporary effects as the body re-balances itself.

Contraindications to massage

A contraindication means you are not able to receive a massage or the massage may have to be limited to certain areas of the body.

  •  When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:
  • Fever
  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu.
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
  • Recent operations or acute injuries
  • Neuritis
  • Skin diseases
  • First trimester of Pregnancy

If you are experiencing any of these conditions or symptoms below, a massage can take place but not over any areas affected by:

  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Pregnancy (unless fully qualified to do so)
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Inflammation, including arthritis

If you are suffering from any of the following medical conditions, a massage can only take place if it has been approved before your session in writing by your GP.

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
  • Oedema
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Nervous or psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
  • Gynaecological infections

Should you have any concerns regarding all the above please contact Jo or your GP