Should I Cancel my massage if I am Ill?
Should I cancel my massage if I don’t feel very well?
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 is upon us again, it’s important that you knowwhen it may be necessary to cancel your appointment.
How do you feel?
Why I shouldn’t have a massage?
When you are ill, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving massage is more of 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.
You’re not going to be cozy on the massage table. Yes, it sounds like a warm room and soft massage table would be great, but when you put your already-stuffy head down into the face cradle, you’ll realise the error of your ways. Gravity and pressure are not your friend here. Even if I do a great face massage to help drain your sinuses, you are still likely feel worse when you get off the table.
You could of course, also pass it on to me. Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms are felt, I could pass the virus on to more clients before I even know I have it.
Further, when I get ill, I do have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. I work for myself, with nopaid sick days to compensate for lost wages. I do have a fund for this, but I would rather use the fund for books, or new products for my therapy room . So I’d like try to stay germ-free this winter.
So it’s a deal. You’ll cancel so as not to infect me and my massage room, and I’ll do the same for you. We’ll keep each other germ free.
When to cancel
If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling rubbish 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 temperature down with medicine, you’re still ill. 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 my coach would be wasted time and money for you.
If you are coughing constantly, or even just a lot.
If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all out of sorts, 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.
If you are ill then I will of course waive my cancellation fee.
It is best for both of us!