What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Lice and Mites

Lice and mites are tiny ar-

The mites that cause scabies are

Massage is contraindicated for all


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thropods that drink blood.

too small to see, but they leave

three infestations, until the in-



They are highly contagious

itchy trails where they burrow un-

festation has been completely



and spread through close

der the skin. They prefer warm,

eradicated. If a massage thera-



contact with skin or in-

moist places such as the axillae or

pist is exposed to any of these



fested sheets or clothing.

between fingers.

parasites, every client he or she




Head lice are easy to see, but

subsequently works on will also




they can hide. A more dependable

be exposed even before the




sign is their eggs: nits are small,

therapist shows any symptoms.




white, rice-shaped flecks that

Parasitic infestations are




cling strongly to hair shafts.

something every massage ther-




Pubic lice look like tiny white

apist fears. Therapists are so





very vulnerable to whatever is




All three of these parasites cre-

crawling around on clients'




ate a lot of itching.

skin. But here, as for all things





fearful, the best defense is








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