Indications for massage practice

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Learning Outcomes

In this learning module you will learn what an indication (in the massage context) is and what the common indications for massage are.


During your client interview, after you have determined your client’s goals you need to look a bit more closely at these goals, and decide if massage is something which will help your client.

Understanding massage indications and contraindications helps you to do this.

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Indication (massage context) – A reason to provide someone with massage.

Contraindication (massage context) – A reason to not provide someone with massage.

To complete this learning module, you will need to

  • Explain the benefits of massage
  • Read about indications for massage
  • Take notes on indications for massage
  • Take part in this week’s Elluminate session

Explain the benefits of massage

Based on your learning from the previous week, complete Proficiency Exercise 5-1 from Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic massage (Fritz, 2004), for the following groups of people.

  • GPs
  • Physiotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • Friends and family


Read the following sections from Chapter 5 of Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage (Fritz, 2004)

  • Indications for Massage
  • Approaches to Care
  • Pathology, Health & Therapeutic Massage

Take notes

Write notes on the following indications for massage based on your reading, and the week’s Elluminate session.

  • Wellness
  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Exercise
  • Injury
  • Other

Elluminate session

An Elluminate session was held on the 16th of April. In this session, we discussed some important concepts to understand about massage indications.

Click here for a link to the recording of the meeting

Remember to take notes during the Elluminate session, and to add these to the notes that you have previously taken.


  • Fritz, S. (2004). Mosby’s fundamentals of therapeutic massage (3rd ed.). Missouri: Mosby.