There are many contraindications, meaning reasons why someone should not get a massage, such as fever, open wounds, and other illness related circumstances. The most commonly ignored contraindications are communicable diseases. Please do not come in if you have the flu, or are not feeling well. Very often communicable diseases are diseases that don't kill you and might not even bother you and thus go undiagnosed and untreated. You might have come to see your condition as normal and might not even know that you are sick. Communicable diseases are always infections, meaning they spread easily to others, which makes it a problem in the massage practice.
I want to encourage you to pick an occasion to do a wellness check. Like twice a year on a holiday or any event you can remember. As we are told to change our smoke alarm batteries on Memorial Day and Labor Day, we can also include a full body check. That way we can see any differences in our body we might otherwise overlook. For women it is recommended to do a breast self check after onset of her period to check for breast cancer. Also check if any moles on your body are changing. If you live with a partner, have them inspect your back.
I always live by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
If you don't want to catch anything from others, make sure you are not spreading anything yourself.
Please take a moment to check yourself. Many conditions can be treated at home by over the counter medications as with athlete's foot or foot fungus.
Below you see just a few pictures of very common diseases that often go untreated.
Please contact me privately if you have any questions. I am not a doctor and can not diagnose you, but I might be able to give you some recommendations.
Don't feel ashamed, my internal medicine teacher in nursing school said:
Half of the public has foot fungus, the other half hasn't noticed yet.
Checking for mole and freckle anomalies
How to tell the difference between an age spot or something more worrisome?
This is meant to show differences for educational purposes only, if in doubt please contact your PCP, Primary Care Physician, immediately.