Before your first Thai Bodywork session with me, I’m going to ask you about your medical history. I’ve got an online intake form that you can complete in advance, or a paper form that you can complete at the start of your first session. I am working on making the intake form available as an audio file for clients who prefer that option. The form will ask about what medications and medical conditions you have, and a whole host of questions about your health and medical history. So why is this? Am I being nosy? Why do I need to know such detailed, personal information about you that you may only otherwise share with your doctor or medical provider? While it may seem like a hassle or invasion of your privacy to complete an intake form, there’s a very good reason I want to know so much about your health: Knowing your health and medical history not only protects you from potential injury during your session (read on to learn about contraindications), but it also means I can better personalise the session to your needs. This ensures that when you leave the session, you feel better than ever.
What is a contraindication, and what does it have to do with my Thai Bodywork session?
Every so often, it turns out that for some people in specific health situations, Thai Bodywork (and massage and bodywork in general) could be potentially harmful. This is referred to as a contraindication, and there are two different classifications of contraindications: Relative Contraindication: Relative contraindication means that caution should be used when performing a certain procedure. In the world of bodywork and massage therapy, this means that a session can happen, but that the therapist will need to adjust the techniques and particulars of the session (like positioning, pressure, even the products or tools used) to stay safe and effective. Absolute Contraindication: Absolute contraindication is the term used when bodywork or massage could cause harm, and should not be applied at all. This is pretty rare, but it happens. While typically relaxing and healing, there are times when Thai Bodywork can be painful, or potentially dangerous, for various health-related reasons. In most cases, we can still proceed with the session, but I’ll ask some follow up questions to keep it safe and effective. Examples of Thai Bodywork contraindications include:
- Varicose veins
- Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
- Bruising, cuts, abrasions, and even sunburn
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
Fear not: Not all of the above listed conditions mean you have to give up your regular bodywork sessions! In fact, for some of these conditions, Thai Bodywork can have major soothing effects. However, it does mean that I will need to give you specific care. This is one of the main reasons it’s vital that I know about your medical history. Also, colds, flu, skin infections, a cough or the presence of a fever are all reasons to wait (or reschedule a session) until you feel better.
Why does my massage therapist need to know what medications I am taking?
There are some medications that have an effect on your body’s ability to heal and process correctly and I need to be aware of what you’re taking so I can make adjustments. For example, firm deep tissue work could be potentially dangerous if you are taking blood thinners. Or if you’ve been on corticosteroids for a long time, you may have low bone density or thin skin as a result. Again, in almost all cases, we can make adjustments to keep your Thai Bodywork session safe and effective. The key is to keep me fully informed. In a nutshell, even if you think a detail may be irrelevant, it’s best to complete my intake form entirely and honestly. That helps me create the best and safest Thai Bodywork session just for you. If you have any health concerns before booking a session, I am always happy to arrange a call so you can explain your specific circumstances, ask any questions. I want you to feel confident that you can make the right decision for YOU, whether that’s to book a session, wait a bit longer, or ask for a referral to another massage therapist who might better fit your needs.
Thinking about booking a Thai Bodywork session with me but want more information first? Check out the Services page of my website or get in touch to schedule a call. If you’re ready to book, head over to my online booking page. I look forward to seeing you on the mat very soon!