Although massage can be beneficial to one’s health, there are certain conditions where massage is contraindicated.
Fever: when you have a fever your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and can therefore work against the body's natural defenses.
Colds and Flu: massage is not a good idea for someone with an active cold or is coming down with the flu. As with a fever, massage can work against the body's natural defenses. There is also the risk of spreading infection to others.
Alcohol Intoxication: Due to the circulatory effects of massage it can increase the intoxicating effects of alcohol. This can cause the feeling of an "early hangover". Since massage also flushes toxins out of muscles into the blood stream, it also has the potential of overwhelming the liver's ability to cope with the increased levels of alcohol.
Other conditions contraindicated for massage include but are not limited to:
DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis)
Pregnancy (1st and 2nd trimester)
Cancer (please provide physician's approval)
Pain of unknown origin