A massage is basically performed on a healthy body and can be given for various reasons.
But always has the goal of promoting health, and is good for both body and mind.
A massage as a moment of rest, for yourself.
Just relax and leave all the hustle and bustle aside for a little while.
The massage stimulates the production of endorphin and oxytocin in the body. These body's own chemicals reduce stress and they promote happiness. Also insomnia and fatigue can be prevented and reduced.
In addition to the fact that massage is a good way to relax, it helps prevent injury and can reduce complaints that you are experiencing.
Massage generally promotes blood flow and removal of waste products. These waste products can be originated from things like doing sports, other big efforts or constant tension, for example working on a computer or stress at work.
When these waste products accumulate, the metabolism in our body gets disturbed. With a result of complaints such as muscle rigidity, hardened muscles or muscle cramps. The massage reduces muscle tension so blood flow can be normalized in the muscle, reducing the complaints.
Research has shown that slight rheumatic pain can also have some relief by means of, for example, a relaxation massage.
Because massage can have such a big influence on our body, our nervous system, our hormone system and our general metabolism, it's effects may in certain cases be the opposite of positive. For example, in the case of fever, metabolism is increased, massage increases the metabolism as well, with the result that the fever will rise.
So there are several more indications where a massage has an opposite effect. A massage may not just be performed if there are abnormalities, injuries, illnesses or conditions. These are also called contraindications.
Below you will find an overview of the most common contraindications in which a massage can not be performed or only partially.
- Diseases involving increased metabolism (such as fever)
- Infectious diseases (such as flu and colds)
- Heart defects
- Extreme fatigue and exhaustion
- Infectious skin conditions
- boils / carbuncle
- Severe vascular disorders
- Edema caused by heart, lung or kidney failure
- Serious form of rheumatism
- During the first 3 months of pregnancy
- Use antibiotics, blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Bad general health
- Cancer, during chemotherapy or radiation treatment
- Under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs
- Contusion / bruise
- High blood pressure (ask your doctor)
- Open wounds
- Local fracture
- Varicose veins
- Swimmer eczema
- Fungal nail / Onychauxis
If you have any doubts about whether or not to get a massage, ask your doctor first. If your GP has given written approval, massage is not a problem.