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.

Why?

When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving 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 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 friend here. Even if I do a great face massage to drain your sinuses, you’ll likely feel worse when you get off the table. Massage improves your circulation and could even make you feel even more sick.

You could get us sick. Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, we could pass the cooties along to more clients before we even know it’s happening.

Further, when we get sick, we have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. We work for ourselves, with no paid sick days to compensate for lost wages. Sure, as a responsible business owners we have a fund for these situations. But, we would rather use that fund for a jetski or a fancy new oil holster. So we’re gonna try to stay germ-free this winter.

So it’s a deal. You’ll cancel so as not to infect us and our massage space, and we’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. The fever counts.

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 our table would be wasted time and money for you.

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.  Even with our 24 hour cancellation policy, we may be willing to waive the fee as to not catch your cold. If you’re unsure about your situation, please call us before your appointment and we can make a decision together.

 

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