If you have a fever, you should not receive massage therapy. In addition to potentially worsening your illness, you would also put the therapist at risk of getting sick.
Massage therapy is generally safe and can be applied to a wide range of individuals at any age. Even so, there are certain conditions that are contraindicated. If you suffer from certain illness and diseases, massage therapy may worsen the condition. If you have localized problems, the therapist will avoid the area. If you suspect that massage might be contraindicated, be sure to talk to your doctor before scheduling an appointment with a massage therapist.
- Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem.
- Fever (100 degrees or higher)
- Acute systemic condition that affects the entire body
- Intense or unexplained symptoms
- Pregnancy 1st trimester
- Recent operations or acute injuries
Any massage work on burns and open wounds is contraindicated. Depending on the extent of your injury, the therapist might be able to massage other parts of the body if she avoids these areas.