The short answer to this is NO, for multiple reasons. Let’s take a minute to discuss the topic.
Your body has limits – During an illness your body is already working very hard to fight off whatever virus, infection or bacteria you have mulling around inside of you. Getting a massage forces your body to work on flushing out metabolic waste and toxins. This can put undue stress on the body and can actually make you feel WORSE, even in the early stages of sickness. It is important to save that energy for proper rest and recovery from your illness.
Are you contagious? Do you have a fever? – You should NEVER get a massage if you are contagious. Not only will you be putting everyone in your massage therapist’s office at risk, but also their family and loved ones at home. The golden rule of sickness and massage is: ‘If you’re too sick to go to work, you’re too sick to get a massage’. You should also never get a massage if you have a fever. When your body is sensitive to the touch due to being feverish, you should avoid massage which will only stimulate the skin. A massage can increase the feeling of nausea, congestion, and sensitivity.
General colds and illness? A warm, relaxing massage might sound nice when you are battling even a simple cold. However, no one wants to suffer through laying face down on a massage table with pressure on their sore sinus and dripping snot all over the floor or the shoes of your massage therapist. (Yes, this has happened, and it is not appreciated). We can provide you with a tissue if you need one. Frankly, gravity plays games with everyone’s sinuses when face down, but a true cold is different. Due to massage increasing lymphatic drainage, circulation and toxin release; it can speed up your recovery but, you can feel worse and extra sore after a massage when you have even a general cold. Again, no one wants snot on their shoe.
If you are experiencing any of the following, we ask that you do not schedule a massage. If you are already scheduled, PLEASE call and reschedule your appointment. Remember that our office has a minimum of 1-hour notice for cancellation or 6 hours in some cases. (please refer to our policies online for more information).
General colds: coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat… wait 3 days after your worst symptoms
Fever: Temp over 98.6 degrees……wait until you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication
Vomiting: within the past 24 hours… wait until you are free from vomiting for at least 2 solid meals
Diarrhea: within the past 24 hours… wait until you are free from diarrhea for at least 24 hours
Rash: Body rash with itching OR fever… wait until you are free from rash itching/fever & have been evaluated by a doctor
Head Lice: Itchy head active head lice….wait until you are treated with appropriate lice treatment at home and is proven by nurse/doctor
Eye infection: Redness itching and/or crusty drainage from eye. wait until you are evaluated by a doctor and cleared.
Hospital/ER: Hospital stay or ER visit… wait until you are released by a medical provider to resume normal activity
If we all stick to these rules this will make life happier for you and for our office. This time of year, we have staff who end up sick due to clients coming in with colds and flus. This ultimately affects everyone. If a therapist is sick, we have to call clients to cancel or reschedule or call in other therapists on their days off to help take the load. No one wants to cancel their massage, but no one also wants to get sick. Be considerate of all those around you and just stay home if you aren’t feeling well. The massage therapist also has the right to refuse service to anyone who arrives to their appointment sick. This again is for the overall well-being of everyone – staff, clients, and family.
Once you are done with your cold, flu or sickness, we would be happy to take care of you. A massage post sickness can help to flush the body of the remaining crud from your illness and get you to a happier and HEALTHIER you.
Thank you for reading.