So, my mother made an online purchase using my business credit card from a local company. The distributor noticed “Massage by the Mango”, and called wanting to make an appointment for an outcall massage for his wife. “She’s been trying to find a good masseuse for two years,” he said. That should have set up a little red flag in my mind, but I was too excited, this is my first real, professional massage, but I didn’t tell him that. I happily complied, making a mental note to get into my business book so I can photocopy an intake form for the medical history. Turns out I am unable to get there Friday, so I called to reschedule, and while I was at it, I made some inquiries about her health history. Turns out she has very high blood pressure. Controlled with medication, but still higher than I would feel comfortable with without a doctor’s OK. I asked her if she could get a note from her doctor, and she said, “No, I’ll just skip it.”
OK, look lady. You haven’t been able to find a good masseuse for two years in a town where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a half-dozen massage establishments. You know why? Because a good masseuse would not work on somebody with blood pressure as high as yours without obtaining a note from your physician saying it was OK. Sure, massage has the long-term effect of lowerin blood pressure but early on in the massage there can be an initial spike as blood circulation increases, but before the parasympathetic nervous system gets the message to the muscles in your arterial walls which can be very dangerous. So, no, a responsible massage therapist is not going to work on you without clearing it with your physician first.
Maybe if you keep looking, you will find a therapist who will work on you without clearing it with your doc first. Maybe you will find some irresponsible twat who cares more about money than she does about her clients’ health. God help you when that day comes. I haven’t met you, but over the phone, you sound quite elderly, and your circulatory system may not be able to handle the increase in blood flow that is one of the major effects of massage.
If you want to die on a massage table, die on someone else’s massage table. I don’t need the guilt.