Should I cancel my massage appointment 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 massage is an active task; it's 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 help drain your sinuses, you'll likely feel worse when you get off of 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 what's happening.
Furthermore, when I get sick, I have to cancel clients and take a few days off of 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 yoga classes or a fancy new massage tool. So I'm gonna 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 safe.
When to cancel
If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling yucky 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 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 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. If we decide mutually that it's in everyone's best interest to cancel your appointment, I will waive my cancellation fee.