Contraindications to Spa Services Paul

We ask that you communicate transparently with our technicians to ensure that they can provide you the best service possible. A contraindication is simply a variety of conditions that may limit or restrict you from having certain spa services. We have compiled an extensive, although not comprehensive, list below, of conditions that may affect your next spa service. We provide several opportunities for you to communicate with your technician before your services begin. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please call us at 713.622.7722 or email us at frontdesk@besanctuary.com and we’d be happy to answer them.

Modifications:

  • Allergies & Sensitivities: We use the highest quality of natural ingredients in all of our services. Understanding your allergies and sensitivities, such as nut allergies or iodine sensitivities, will enable your technician to ensure they use the appropriate products for an amazing experience.
  • Hernia: A hernia is a protrusion of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. Please ensure your technician is aware if you have a hernia or recently had surgery for a hernia so they can take the proper local precautions.
  • Pregnancy: We have specific therapists that are trained in providing prenatal massages. Be sure to let us know that you are pregnant when you schedule your visit or if you become aware that you are pregnant so that we can ensure we match you to the best suited technician.
    • The first trimester is a sensitive time for your pregnancy, potentially one of discomfort and nausea. If you are experiencing bouts of nausea, we’d recommend rescheduling your service for post 14 weeks. Please consult your doctor and ensure she/he is aware of your spa appointment.
    • Once you’re past the first trimester, a massage done with the proper technique can be very helpful for relief of back pain, reduction of swelling, and an overall enjoyable, relaxing retreat.
  • Skin problems: Skin issues such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, should be highlighted so your technician can ensure that they avoid these areas during service.
  • High blood pressure / Hypertension: High blood pressure is a common condition that means there is excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Massage affects the blood vessels, and so your technician should be aware of your condition to provide you with the best possible services.
  • Varicose veins: Please ensure your massage therapist is aware of the presence of varicose veins. Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. The technicians will adjust their techniques to ensure they benefit your condition.

Restrictions:

  • Acute Injuries: Ranging from injuries related to a recent car accident or sports injury to a fall, strain or sprain, an acute injury should be treated with rest, ice and compression according to your doctor’s guidance. It is recommended that you wait 48-72 hours post-injury before coming in for a massage.
  • Cancer: Always check with a doctor first and then please provide us with a note. Massage stimulates your lymphatic system and it could potentially speed up the spread of the disease or the absorption of the medication.
  • Conjunctivitis: Also known as pink eye, this viral and bacterial infection is extremely contagious. Besides the chances of passing the infection along to your spa technician, this infection can be disruptive to your comfort during your session as generally you need to wipe and clean your eyes frequently.
  • Contagious skin condition – Please wait for the condition to clear before waxing. Besides the chances of passing along the ailment, a contagious skin condition could lead to thin or fragile skin which can cause bruising and tearing of the skin and may even lead to infection.
  • Fever: When your body has an infection, such as the flu, a cold, strep throat or an inflammation, it responds with a fever. Your body is hard at work fighting the infection aiming for recovery. A massage is stimulating and activating your body’s lymph nodes and overall circulation, which could interfere and even work against your own body’s natural defenses.
  • Infectious diseases: Please ensure you reschedule your appointment if you come down with an infectious disease such as the flu or diphtheria. Your body is better off resting than getting stimulation to your lymphatic system.
  • Inflammation: Inflamed conditions encompass anything that ends in “–itis”, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis (inflammation of the joints), etc. When it displays as in a localized area, your spa therapist can work around the inflammation. However, as many services release certain stored toxins and activates your circulatory system, it could potentially further irritate any inflammation.
  • Osteoporosis: Your bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense, but certainly communicate with your spa technician and your doctor so that they can identify the best services for you.
  • Uses of Certain Medications: Steroids may thin skin, so your therapist should be aware to monitor for any abnormalities. Prior to receiving a facial or wax, it is best to not have used Retinols within 7 days of service and Accutane within 6 months of service.

As you can see, there are many reasons to have clear and open communication with your spa technician. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please call us at 713.622.7722 or email us at frontdesk@besanctuary.com. We look forward to seeing you soon.