I'm sick, should I cancel my massage?

Yes

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You've waited weeks and planned ahead for this reprieve for your mind and muscles. As the time etches closer to your appointment you feel the symptoms of a cold. Nobody ever wants to cancel their massage, but this is a time that rescheduling is necessary. If you come in for a massage while suffering a head cold or symptoms from the flu, massage could actually increase these symptoms. 

When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving bodywork 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 away from infection-fighting. 

Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, your therapist could pass the cooties along to more clients before they even know it’s happening. Further, when we bodyworkers get sick, we have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. This derails others self-care planning and our ability to make the world a better place one massage at a time. 

When to cancel

If you are itchy, runny, and/or sneezy, and you’re not 100% certain it’s seasonal allergies. And even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the hour on the table would be wasted time and money for you.

If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.

If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling funky 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. The fever counts.

If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all funky, please cancel.

Prevention

Prevent colds with frequent hand washing, stay hydrated, well rested, and a little vitamin C wont hurt. 

Stay healthy! 

-Miranda