Contraindications for giving a Hot Stone Massage
- Any condition where the client has a loss of sensation, including Neuropathy, Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disorder, High Blood Pressure or is post-surgery, injury, or trauma where nerves have been affected.
- Pregnancy, due to the rise in body temperature.
- Cardiac Patients.
- Anyone taking medications that have side effects to heat.
- Anyone on Chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
- Anyone with a depressed immune system, including clients with Lupus, Epstein Barr, Mononucleosis, HIV / AIDS, or Cancer.
- Geriatric clients; keep the heat around 120 degrees – any higher may be too hot for the elderly.
- Clients with Burns, Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Burns, Dermatitis, Eczema, Acne, Shingles, Herpes, or any acute skin condition.
- Any condition in which massage in general is contraindicated.
- Above all, follow the simple rule:
When in doubt – DON’T!
Please remember to take precautions when using hot stones. Listen to your clients – if the stones are too hot - cool the stones down, allow the stones to sit outside the Vulsini bag for a moment or dip them in cool water before using them on your client.