Anodynic Therapeutic Massage
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Cold/Flu Season

Should you cancel your massage if you are sick? 

As cold and flu season rears its ugly head, it’s important that you know when it may be necessary to cancel your appointment.

Short answer: Yes, please.

Long Answer: Yes, please.

Massage is great. You know this. But you know what? It’s not always such a great idea. You are going to feel worse. Trust me.

When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving massage is an active task, not an entirely resting task. Massage causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability and homeostasis as a result of those changes. Getting a massage when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting activities and taxes it more than is helpful.

You’re not going to be comfortable on the massage table.  It might sound like a toasty warm 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.

And, not to make it all about me, but you could get me sick. Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, I could pass it along to more clients before I even know it’s happening.

Plus? When I get sick, I have to cancel clients and take a few days off from 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 rather use that fund for holiday shopping or a fancy new bolster. So I’m gonna try to stay germ-free this winter.

So it’s a deal. If you feel the need to say "I hope you don't catch this", cancel your appointment so as not to infect me and my massage room, and I’ll do the same for you. We’ll keep each other safe and healthy.

When to cancel/postpone your session:

  • If you’ve had nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling wonky 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. (Even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the hour on my 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.

I do know that 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.

And I get it. Canceling a massage bums me out, too. But I promise you will enjoy the session more once you and your germs have parted ways. Honest.

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