Side Effects

Body massage therapy may cause some side effects known as contra-actions as detailed below:

  • Erythema (reddening of the skin)
  • Headache
  • Increased emotions
  • Increase in hunger and thirst
  • Increase in urination and bowel movements
  • Nausea
  • Rhinorrhea (runny nose)
  • Sore muscles
  • Tiredness

These contra-actions are normal and tend to cause little bother. If you have worries about them, you should contact your therapist to seek help and advice.


In massage a contraindication is when the the therapy cannot be carried out due to certain factors which may be harmful to the client. There are three types of contraindication:

  • Local (massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas)
  • Total (massage should not be performed at all)
  • Medical (massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted)

Local contraindications include:

  • Abrasions
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Inflammation
  • Pregnancy
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Varicose veins

Total contraindications include:

  • Contagious diseases such as cold and flu fever
  • Neuritis, recent operations or acute injuries
  • Skin diseases
  • Being under the influence of alcohol
  • Drugs or prescription pain medication

Medical contraindications include:

  • Bells Palsy
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension
  • Phlebitis or thrombosis
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart problems such as angina and those with pacemakers
  • Oedema
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • Psychotic conditions
  • Trapped nerves

Massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions, however, in the above cases, it is always best to seek advice from your doctor.

Aftercare Advice

Following massage therapy, your body will go through a natural healing process flushing out any unwanted toxins. It is very important to follow the aftercare advice given by the therapist to allow this process to occur and also to gain the full benefit of the massage.

Below is aftercare advice I would recommend to my clients:

  • Abstain from stimulants such as alcohol & caffeine for at least 12 hours after the treatment as they can dehydrate the body
  • Avoid smoking for 24 hours as it will introduce unwanted toxins back into the body
  • Avoid strenuous activity for the next 24 hours to allow the body to heal
  • Correct posture
  • Drink plenty of water to rehydrate the body and help flush out the toxins that have been released
  • Eat only small meals to help with the healing process 12 hours after the treatment
  • Gentle stretching
  • Keep the body mobile with slow gentle movements to allow blood flow throughout the body to aid in the healing process
  • Rest and relax to allow the body to heal and settle

If you have concerns regarding any effects you may experience following a massage, please do not hesitate to contact me and I would be more than happy to discuss them with you.