Should I cancel my massage if I’m sick?
Short answer: Yes, please.
Long Answer: Yes, please.
Massage is great. You know this. But it’s not always a great idea.
As cold and flu season approaches again, it’s important that you know when it may be necessary to cancel your appointment.
When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving a massage is an active task, it is not entirely rest. Massage causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Getting a massage when you are sick takes attention and energy away from infection-fighting. That’s no good.
You’re not going to be cozy on the massage table. Sure, it sounds like a warm squishy massage table would be great. But the moment you put your already-stuffy head into that face cradle, you’ll realize the error of your ways. Gravity and pressure are not your friends here. Even if I do a great face massage to drain your sinuses, you’ll likely feel worse when you get off the table.
You could get me sick. Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, I could pass the cooties along to more clients before I even know it’s happening.
Further, when I get sick, I have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. I work for myself, with no paid sick days to compensate for lost wages. Sure, as a responsible business owner I have a fund for these situations, but I would much rather use that fund for a mountain house or a fancy new oil holster. So I’m gonna try to stay germ-free this winter.
Let's make a deal: You cancel when you're sick so as not to infect me and my massage room, and I promise I'll do the same for you. We’ll keep each other safe.
When to cancel:
If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling punky from a recent bout of such things.
If you’ve had a fever in the past 24 hours, or fever-related symptoms. This includes chills, aches, and fatigue. Even if you’re keeping the fever down with medicine, you’re still sick. Yes, the fever counts.
If you are itchy, runny, and/or sneezy, and you’re not 100% certain it’s seasonal allergies.
If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.
If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all funky, please cancel.
There is often some gray area here, especially if you are in the recovery phase of a virus or bacterial infection. If you’re unsure about your situation, please call me before your appointment and we can make a decision together.
Your partner in wellness,
Remedy Massage owner and therapist,
Lyndsey Anderson NC LMBT#9382
Remedy Massage is a privately-owned, therapeutic massage therapy practice in Raleigh, NC. Contact us by phone at 919-263-0932 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or book online through Massagebook to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting and working with you!