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When Should You Not Have a Massage?

When You Should Not Get a Massage

Massage is a great tool for reducing stress, managing pain, and boosting circulation. However, there are times when a massage might not cut the mustard. In this article, we will give you the info you need to know when to take a rain check on a massage for your own health.


When You’re Infectious:

If you’re a walking petri dish of germs, for instance, with a case of the flu or a cold, it’s best to call in sick for your massage. It’s a no-brainer to reschedule your massage when you have no symptoms. This keeps your therapist and other clients from having symptoms of infection.


When You’re Battling an Injury:

If you have a cut and are seeking pain relief even a minor trauma you may not want to rub salt in the wound by getting a massage in the acute stage of your symptoms. Applying pressure or kneading the area can cause more damage, halt the healing process, and potentially exacerbate the injury. Your injury must be on the mend before you get a massage.


When You’re Running a Fever:

If you have a fever and you get a massage, it can make you feel hot under the collar. Massages can increase blood flow to lymph nodes, which can speed up the fever’s progress, making you feel even more miserable. Keep your therapist, and other clients safe, and wait until your symptoms are back to normal before scheduling your massage.


When You’re Dealing with Skin Woes:


If your skin is broken, or you’ve got athlete’s foot, bacterial skin infection, open wounds, or other skin conditions please wait and see a medical doctor for the affected area before you get a massage. Rubbing it can cause more pain and discomfort, making skin conditions even worse. You should wait until the skin condition has cleared up before you get a massage.

If You Have a Blood Clot or other High Risk Circulation Issues:

If you have blood clots, deep tissue massage can cause a DVT, otherwise known as deep vein thrombosis, which can cause further medical conditions like a stroke. High blood pressure can also be cautioned as massage treatment can cause increased blood flow and the potential of a blood clot, or for example, a heart attack or pulmonary embolism. Don’t get a massage before talking to your doctor as massage increases the risk of a life-threatening medical condition. Physical therapy may be a better therapy for you.

For Autoimmune Diseases

If you have severe and moderate hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, or other health conditions you might increase your symptoms. If you have medical conditions talk to your medical doctor for a high risk of life-threatening internal bleeding. Liver enzymes can affect your body’s inflammation increasing the possibility of liver failure. If you are a patient with cancer of the lungs might be an example of a reason why you may want to consult your doctor. Certain health conditions can increase the symptoms or risk of infection.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries or Trauma

If you recently had broken bones, fractures, or muscle or soft tissue trauma, you should wait for that to heal before seeing a massage therapist. The same goes for severe illness that affects

Recent Surgery

If you’ve just recently had surgery, then it may be best to talk make a physician or physical therapist appointment and have them refer you out to a massage appointment. Typically you should wait 4-6 weeks before you get massage. Always talk to your therapist so they can avoid areas that might aggravate your symptoms.




In a nutshell, while massages can be the bee’s knees, certain circumstances might be like a dog’s breakfast. Being cautious and taking the necessary precautions can help make your massage experience a bed of roses, rather than a thorn in your side.


Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!
  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!
  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.
  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!

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