Standard massage contraindications also exist for ashiatsu. Below is a list of general contraindications (when you should not get a massage), and some are localized contraindications (when just a certain area needs to be avoided during the massage).
- Broken bones or Fractures
- Advanced diabetes (when signs of neuropathy exist)
- High Blood Pressure, HBP, Hypertension (if unstable or uncontrolled)
- Hemophilia or other blood/clotting disorders
- Current use of blood thinners
- Phlebitis, Thrombosis, DVT, Active blood clot
- Contagious conditions or infections (Colds, Flu, or Contagious skin conditions)
- Acute injuries (bruises/hematomas)
- Unexplained swelling
- Recent surgery (e.g., back, abdominal, hip, knee, or eye surgery)
Ashiatsu can be light to deep pressure, but because of the deep compressions/strokes that some clients request, please read the following contraindications.
- Implants (such as pace makers or breast implants)
- Frail individuals
- Pregnancy (or possible pregnancy)
- Varicose veins
- Protruding or ruptured discs
- Kidney disorders
If you are not sure whether you should get a massage/ashiatsu massage, discuss your concerns with your therapist before scheduling. Therapist may need to use a different technique during the massage, or avoid a certain area.