Guide lines for people having a massage

People who will need to get permission from their GP to have a massage are those who are classed as moderate risk or clinically vulnerable:

  • are 70 or older
  • have a lung condition that’s not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)
  • have heart disease (such as heart failure) – Not possible to have massage at all
  • have diabetes
  • have chronic kidney disease
  • have liver disease (such as hepatitis) Not possible to have massage at all
  • have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy)
  • have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections
  • are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids)
  • are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • are pregnant – Usually not possible anyway in the 1st trimester unless with a pregnancy massage qualification

Those classed as high risk or extremely clinically vulnerable usually are not eligible for massage and the full details and further information can be found on the government website:

Full information on the government website can be found here.