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Everyone who comes into my practice often has some complaints. This can range from headaches to bruising, from fatigue to thrombosis. Fortunately, many complaints are no barrier to massaging. However, there are situations where it is not wise to be massaged. There is a difference between relative contraindications and absolute contraindications. So, it is important to be honest about your medical situation and your medication use during a (first) visit to my practice. This is of great importance for being able to give careful treatment.

In case of absolute contraindications, I will not massage you unless you have received prior permission from your treating doctor. This includes:

  • Fever and flu
  • Inflammations
  • Boil and infectious skin diseases
  • Pregnancy: no massage in the first three months
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Extreme fatigue or poor overall condition
  • Use of antibiotics, blood thinners or medication with a yellow sticker

For all the above situations, your treating doctor must give permission before I can massage you. And of course, a massage is never a substitute for your regular treatment with a doctor.

Relative contraindications:

I can massage you, but I take the affected area into account. This is the case, for example, with:

  • Bruise, bruising, abrasions, open wounds: massage is possible except for the affected area
  • Varicose veins
  • Thrombosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Local inflammations, acne

In general

In case of the above physical conditions and if you have doubts whether massage is possible, always consult with your (home) doctor first and ask written permission.

If you do not have prior consent from the gp and there is doubt about a contraindication, we will postpone the massage until you have sought advice.

Massage oil and allergies

At Massage & Coaching Wassenaar I use almond oil to massage. Sometimes I use a special oil for the neck and face which is particularly suitable for the time of day when you are with me.

If you are allergic to nuts, please report this. I will use grapeseed oil.