Consultations, Contraindications and Contra-Actions
Confidential consultations will be undertaken for all treatments. On your initial visit, a full consultation will be undertaken. They usually take about 10 minutes and this is to help us understand a bit more about your current health, wellbeing and lifestyle in order that treatment and aftercare can be given, which is appropriate and relevant to you. All consultations and personal information are kept in accordance with current Data Protection Act laws. Holistic Zone is registered with ICO No ZA414773.
There are some circumstances where it will not be appropriate for you to receive a treatment. These are called “contraindications” to treatment and depending on what type of the contraindication, will depend on whether treatment can proceed. Contraindications can be either total/restricted where treatment cannot proceed or medical permission is required whereby treatment can proceed with your GP’s permission, or a contraindication can be local where treatment can proceed but avoiding that particular area. The following list gives an indication of contraindications but is not an exhaustive list. Please call me to discuss further if something isn’t on the list below and you have a concern.
Total contraindications - Treatment cannot take place
Any communicable diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, chicken pox, mumps, colds and flu
Cancer (except for palliative care with GP/specialist approval)
Eye infection e.g. conjunctivitis (facial treatments/Indian head massage only)
First trimester of pregnancy (except reiki)
Frequent allergic reactions (aromatherapy treatments)
Hyper sensitive skin (unless area can be avoided)
If you are under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs
If you have suffered an injury or trauma within twenty-four hours
Liver conditions e.g. chronic hepatitis
Severe widespread psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis
Skin disorders such as bacterial (impetigo), viral (herpes simplex), fungal (tinea)
Medical approval in writing required - Consult/GP/Specialist
Any serious skin complaint
Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, heart conditions)
Endocrine disorders (network of glands that produce and release hormones e.g. Adrenal, Pituitary)
Extreme high or low blood pressure (not being treated with medication)
Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
If you are being medically treated by your GP/Specialist for any serious conditions, please ensure that you get written approval before your treatment.
Special care areas and localised avoidance
A heavy meal
Bruises, cuts, grazes, open, skin, rashes, bites, stings, wounds, burns
Diarrhoea or constipation
Pregnancy (post first trimester)
Everyone’s experience of a treatment is individual and unique and therefore reactions to any complementary therapy treatments will be too. In some circumstances you may find that after treatment, you notice you are hungrier or thirstier, or you may need to go to the toilet more often, you get a headache, or you feel more emotional, or tired. Such reactions are known as contra-actions or healing crisis to treatment and they are nothing to worry about. It is your body trying to reach homeostasis and any reaction should disappear within 24-48 hours. They should then be replaced by a feeling of vitality and well-being after the body has re-balanced itself.