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.
Here are some basic safety tips shared by a massage therapist to me:
- When pregnant, it is recommended not to indulge in a massage (lower back and abdomen) during the first trimester.
- Avoid having a massage on any unknown lumps and inflamed skin so as not to aggravate the condition.
- 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.
- 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. :)