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Why You Need a Health Consultation Before Massage

Your massage treatment with Relaxing Massage will be client-centred. A detailed personal health consultation takes place before treatment. We are looking for issues we can help with. Also we need to find contraindications, which are reasons we should not massage you.  

Client-Centred Treatment

With a holistic therapy the treatment should be client-centred. We make this part of our code of conduct and procedures. You as a client must consent to both a consultation and the treatment. This initially is done verbally before treatment. Then you will also be asked to sign a declaration after your personal health consultation takes place. (NHS 2018) This firstly enables us to access if massage can help you. Secondly, in means we can personalise a treatment especially for you. Lastly, the consultation will indicate if it is safe to massage you. Our aim is always to do good for you. You should always go away feeling better than when you arrived.

The Holistic Approach

Your consultation will be looking at your health and wellbeing in detail. We are looking for issues we can help you with. This includes your aches and pains. Also stress related tension in muscles that can be relaxed by treatment. As well as other lifestyle issues like diet and exercise. It is all part of the holistic treatment. Every thing you do in life affects your being. We want you to get the best out of your life.

Your Personal Preferences

Each consultation will also take into account the personal preferences. We want to make the experience as good as possible for you. For instance, some people do not like their stomach being massaged. So, when you tell us this, we plan your treatment avoiding that area. Others have very ticklish feet, which would mean they laugh and get tense if feet are massaged. So, we would plan to avoid the feet. Sporty people are another example of our holistic approach. You may have specific areas that are painful and/or strained. We will take note of this and ask if you would like us to treat that area specifically to try to alleviate some of the pain. It is all done on an individual basis.

Contraindications to Massage

The consolation will also be looking for something called contraindications to massage. Contraindications are reasons we as professionals cannot give you a massage. This includes women being pregnant, certain major and minor medical conditions or if you are undergoing medical treatment for a condition. In some circumstances, especially the latter, you may need to get your doctors consent before we can treat you.

Minor contra-indications to massage.

These can simply be avoided during a treatment.

  • Large, inflamed or lumpy moles.
  • Plates or pins supporting and bone.
  • Recent bone fractures.
  • Recent scar tissues.
  • Recent sprains or strains.
  • Small areas of skin disorders (eczema, infections, psoriasis)
  • Small bruises.
  • Small cuts or abrasions.
  • Small wind, sun or fire burns.
  • Spastic, permanently contracted muscles.
  • Spots (acne, insect bites etc.)
  • Swellings.
  • Varicose veins.
  • Warts or skin tags.
  • Weak or overly thinned muscle tissue.
Major Contraindications to Massage.

Doctors consent should be sought before treatment. This is especially the case if a client is on medication or being treated by a doctor at the moment.

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Bleeding wounds.
  • Cancer (historic or recent)
  • Consistently high blood pressure.
  • Consistently low blood pressure.
  • Controlled epilepsy.
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Embolism
  • Extensive bruising
  • Multiple scleroses
  • Neuralgia (chronic facial pains)
  • Heart conditions that are not stress related.
  • Parkinson’s
  • Phlebitis
  • Thrombosis
  • Recent operations
  • Very elderly, frail people

References:

NHS (2016) Consent to treatment [Online] Available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/consent-to-treatment/ (Accessed 2 July 2018)

Alzheimer’s Society Aromatherapy, massage and dementia [Online] Available at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/treatments/alternative-therapies/aromatherapy-massage (Accessed 4 July 2018)

Diabetes UK Massage Therapy and Reflexology [Online] Available at https://www.diabetes.co.uk/alternative-treatment/Diabetes-and-Massage-Therapy-Reflexology.html (Accessed 4 July 2018)

Parkinson’s UK (2013) Complimentary Therapies [Online] Available at https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/complementary-therapies (Accessed 5 July 2018)

Multiple Sclerosis Trust (2017) Massage [Online] Available at https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/massage (Accessed 7 July 2018)

Macmillan Cancer Support Massage therapy [Online] Available at https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/coping/complementary-therapies/complementary-therapies-explained/massage-therapies.html (Accessed 7 July 2018)

Cancer Research UK (2015) Massage therapy [Online] Available at https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative-therapies/individual-therapies/massage (Accessed 7 July 2018)