- Impending illness- Regular massage sessions can keep you healthy but If you're already coming down with a cold or other illness, massage can exacerbate your symptoms making you feel worse. It's best to wait a week or two before scheduling a massage to allow your body to heal and work through it on its own.
- While using pain relievers or muscle relaxers- This is not a good time to get a massage because you can't accurately communicate with the therapist about pain or pressure. That could be a problem because the therapist may accidentally injure you with out that oh so important feed back.
- While getting treatment from a doctor or physical therapist with out their knowledge of adding massage therapy- Let your physician or PT know that you are seeing a massage therapist, as this may interfere with their treatment. It's best to double check with them first to make sure massage is indicated for your specific situation.
- First trimester of pregnancy- While there is no concrete evidence that massage is harmful during the first trimester of pregnancy, it's always a good idea to approach this time with caution. High risk pregnancies are usually a "no-go" for massage, so it's best to wait and make sure your pregnancy is without complication before booking a session. Some therapists will request that you wait until the beginning of your second trimester to schedule your first prenatal massage.
Remember to discuss any health concerns with your massage therapist and to let them know if your health history has changed since your last visit.
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