I would like to suggest that blood thinners, as with any medications, that they are an indication that more information is required before you can decide what you may or may not be able to do. The other consideration I would like to add is that everything has risks, including any and all massage, as in everything in life. What I learned from Ruth Werner, whom I consider the definitive expert in pathology regarding massage, is that the benefits and the potential risks need to be considered before a treatment plan is established. And, that may include using a reference source, such as a book on pathology, or contacting the client's doctor. In any case, you can always do energy work, no matter what condition they have or what medication they are taking.
In the case of the lady on blood thinners with her husband getting chemotherapy, an energy massage might just have been the best thing for her. Remember, a contraindication is a caution sign, it is not a stop sign. Always seek to do the most amount of good with the least possible chance of harm. I say this because I have experience with massage in a cancer treatment center and with some patients we would just sit and let them talk to us, that in itself was enough to relieve some of their discomfort and anxiety. Even just sharing space with someone, without touching them, is therapeutic, and we are therapists. We are limited only by our imagination on how to best offer comfort to others, touch just happens to be the method in which we received training to get our licenses, but thinking outside the box, if you will, and improvising goes beyond just the craft and turns in into artwork. If you think in those terms, you will never have to turn somebody away, that does not need to happen, because that would break my heart as well and make me feel two foot tall. I prefer to keep my heart in one piece and feel ten feet tall. My mentor, Bill Mueller, always told me to use everything as a learning experience. Let's all use this conversation thread for that purpose, and hopefully, more people will receive the therapy that they deserve, and we can supply.