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A list of endangerment sites that need to be met with caution during massage.

pushing on this endangerment site may cause sensations such as pins and needles, burning, or shooting pain


prolonged compression of these endangerment sites will cut off the flow of oxygenated blood to everything distal of that point

blood vessels

you wouldn't want to fracture, cause pain to, or bruise the surrounding tissue to these small or fragile endangerment sites, avoid compressive massage or sustained, direct pressure

bony structures

be careful of the location when you are going for the deep massage, compressive techniques, or tapotement, you don't want to cause pain, nausea, bruising, or diminish function of these endangerment sites


These oval, bean-shaped structures are superficially located in several areas of the body, avoid massaging these endangerment sites because it could impair their ability to filter excess toxins or fight infection

lymph nodes

be cautious when massaging around these endangerment sites, they are surrounded by nerves that supply the face with feeling and motor control


this endangerment site is directly anterior to the ear and is susceptible to alignment issues, avoid deep pressure here, special training is needed to help this area


right below your chinny chin chin is a jugular vein, carotid artery, vagus nerve, hyoid bone and a bunch of other sensitive stuff that make this a danger zone, massage in this area requires training and skill

anterior triangle of the neck

this endangered area is not only potentially quite ticklish but also contains a couple of arteries and a bunch of nerves, if you decide to massage here make sure the client isn't getting pins and needles or shooting pains


avoid this endangerment site on the medial side of this upper extremity, the brachial plexus, cephalic, and basilic veins all run through here

medial humerus

use light pressure in this endangerment site to enhance blood flow and digestion, but too much pressure may diminish the function of organs such as the liver or spleen

abdominal area

avoid this bony spear at the inferior portion of the sternum

xiphoid process

this site is located on the medial side of the upper thigh just inferior to the pelvis, watch out for the artery, nerve, and vein with the same namesake and also the inguinal lymph nodes

femoral triangle

the great saphenous vein is located at this medial endangerment site

medial lower leg

spinous processes are sensitive, so be careful with this site at the base of the neck

posterior triangle of the neck

this site is located between the olecranon process of the ulna and the medial epicondyle of the humerus, it really isn't funny to hit this spot and it really isn't a bone that makes it not so funny either, it should be called the really not funny nerve

medial epicondyle/cubital fossa

these two endangerment sites are located just deep to the inferior ribcage on either side, avoid deep, direct, or compressive pressure and heavy tapotement


The sciatic nerve runs through these muscles that are just deep to the gluteal muscles, the sciatic nerve is the thickest nerve in the body and may be irritated if compressed in any way

deep lateral hip rotator muscles

this site is located posterior of the knee, it is soft and contains the common peroneal and tibial nerves as well as the small saphenous vein and and artery that is named for the area

popliteal fossa

the common peroneal nerve is unprotected on this lateral site that is just inferior to the head of the fibula

lateral lower leg

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