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Systema Massage Contra-indications

Systema massage is an important part of training and it's critical to make sure your body is up to the task. The standard course structure used by Vladimir Vasiliev and Michael Ryabko include Systema massage at the end of each training session.

The massage, as well as the training, can be taxing so you must ensure that your body can handle it. As with any exercise program, you should check with your doctor if you think you might have any risk factors. Of course, if you're pregnant or have chronic back problems, Systema massage might not be right for you.

Remember, someone will be literally walking all over you. Even a well trained partner could injury you if your body isn't able to handle it. Think about your obvious and not so obvious risk factors before you begin Systema.

If you have a short term condition like the flu, be careful about receiving any massages. Your body is trying to focus its energy on expelling the virus so increased circulation may not be a positive thing. Also, don't forget about your partner and fellow Systema practitioners. Sometimes staying at home in bed is the best thing for you and everyone around you.

Any inflammation, protrusions, or skin conditions could also be problematic. If you have an inflammation issue (any condition ending with -itis) you may need to have your partner avoid this area to prevent the problem from worsening. Hernias, varicose veins, burns, and rashes can all be negatively impacted by Systema massage. If you have high blood pressure, osteoporosis, cancer, or any other chronic condition it's also important to check with your doctor.

While not all of these conditions are contraindications for Systema massage, they do require you to take an extra bit of caution. If you think you could have a risk factor, get it checked out first. Bear in mind that, in addition to the workout, you will be giving and receiving an intense massage. Typically a Systema massage requires the masseuse to walk from your calves to your back and finally apply considerable pressure to your neck. If you’re already dealing with some pain, this could exasperate it.

For a typical healthy person, Systema massage is great. It strengthens the mind and body. It’s an integral part of Systema because of its host of benefits including stress reduction, increased physical and mental control, improved breathing, better posture, and of course better Systema self-defense skills. If you have just occasional aches and pains, you may find that the Systema massage is great for alleviating them. However, use your common sense and the advice of your doctor to decide what’s best for you. 

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