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Contraindications for giving a Hot Stone Massage

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.

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