When NOT to get 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 (esp last 6 months)
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        
Contagious conditions or infections (Colds, Flu, or Contagious skin conditions)
Acute injuries (bruises/hematomas)    
Any recent surgery (e.g., back, abdominal, hip, knee, or eye surgery)
Any unexplained swelling
Phlebitis, Thrombosis, DVT, Active blood clot
Ashiatsu Contraindications:
Implants (such as pace makers or breast implants (especially last 9 months))
Recent eye procedures/Lasik surgery within the last 72 hours              
Varicose veins
Pregnancy (or possible pregnancy)    
Currently going through radiation therapy 
Protruding or ruptured discs        
Any Autoimmune Disorders (such as lupus, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, etc) / Lyme disease *(can still receive, but very LIGHT)
Any knee, hip, spine, shoulder, or major joint surgeries within 6 weeks
History of Tuberculosis, thrombosis, aneurysm, or ongoing kidney disorders
Phlebitis or cellulitis ​
​**** Plane flight longer than 6 hours within the last 24 hours prior to your massage appointment (due to elevation/ risk of blood clot)****

If you have a condition that you think would affect your ability to get a massage, or an Ashiatsu massage, discuss your concerns with your practitioner when making an appointment or before your massage. Your massage practitioner may just need to use a different technique during the massage, or avoid a certain area. 

© 2020 Elizabeth Dansby