Friday, September 4, 2009

Massage Safety Tips

Dear Me,

I know how therapeutic a massage can be. I look forward to the moment I can squeeze a schedule in my hectic and stressful day. Back in the day that I rushed myself in the corporate world and now being a stay-at-home-mom, I welcome the relief and tranquility any type of massage can offer.

Despite that, I have learned to keep in mind that as much as rejuvenating a massage can be, it is best to understand that there are instances a body massage can do more harm than good.

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Here are some basic safety tips shared by a massage therapist to me:

  1. When pregnant, it is recommended not to indulge in a massage (lower back and abdomen) during the first trimester.

  2. Avoid having a massage on any unknown lumps and inflamed skin so as not to aggravate the condition.

  3. Never directly massage on varicose veins. Bulging veins should be avoided so as not to cause rupture. One can work around the veins to alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling.

  4. Take great precaution if diagnosed with diabetes, epilepsy or other medical condition before having a massage. Consult with the doctor and have the massage with a professional massage therapist.

Accordingly, massage is all about relaxation. Let stress and tension fly out of the window and savor that wonderful moment. :)


Mauie Flores said...

What you wrote about diabetes is true. I can't have hard massages because stress can affect blood sugar levels. Plus if I get bruises, it takes some time before it gets well. For a year now, I only have Thai massages every two weeks because of the stretches that promote good blood circulation.

Francesca Ivy said...

@MAUIE, right. Knew someone who loved spas and massages and she recently discovered she got diabetes. Only soft massages lang daw puede sa kanya.

~*~ Badet ~*~ said...

This is helpful Fran. I love massages, but sometimes, I have to check din if they really know what they are doing. When they are massaging my back, I see to it that they're very careful especially in the spine area.

Francesca Ivy said...

@BADET, I agree with you. As much as it's masarap to have my back massaged esp with the 'knots' that I feel before the massage, I would prefer the one massaging me to go soft and slow...too dangerous.

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