Massage for varicose veins. Varicose veins are fairly prevalent amongst the general population. Genetics can also play a significant role in whether or not you will develop varicose veins during your life. When the valves in the veins do not close properly as the veins become dilated then the blood can flow into superficial veins which cause them to dilate further. If there is continued constriction of blood flow in the veins to the heart (eg from constant standing) then the blood can pool in the legs and the veins can lose their elasticity. The result is the bulbous thick veins. However, with suitable training and approval of client’s doctors, massage can provide benefit for those who are affected by this condition, as my partner has discovered. My approach to this condition is using massage strokes that are short and of light pressure, more aimed at promoting local circulation and/or lymphatic drainage. Strokes such as petrissage, deep tissue frictions, stripping and cross-fibre are never recommended. After treatment I will elevate the legs to promote venous return.