Cold and flu season is well underway, and that means lots of people are out and about while sick. They’re going to work, doing the grocery shopping, going to the library, and going to all kinds of entertainment venues. They’re also going to the doctor, dentist, salon, and massage therapist. They go out in public coughing, sneezing, and blowing their nose and then touching all sorts of things without washing their hands. Eeeeewww… I know they’re not trying to make everyone around them sick, but that’s often the result.
I can’t do anything about it if you want to go to work while you’re sick and infect all your coworkers, or if you want to go to public places and infect a bunch of people you don’t know, but at least cough into your elbow or shoulder… please.
What I can do is give you some guidelines regarding when to reschedule your massage appointment. You see, germs spread easily in closed, confined spaces, and as much as we want to help you reduce your pain &/or stress level, we also want to stay well enough to help the rest of our clients, too.
Please, reschedule your massage appointment if you:
I think that’s a pretty good start. I think I speak for all massage therapists when I say that we spend a lot of time with people in small, enclosed spaces and it is very easy to pass germs in those close quarters. I know you probably really, really want your massage, but when you’re sick, massage can actually make you feel worse. You don’t want that do you? Besides, many massage therapists, myself included, will turn you away if we feel you’re either too sick to receive a massage or that you pose a risk to our health. I guarantee you will be more disappointed if you drive all the way to your therapist’s office and get turned away than if you’d just called and rescheduled.
Be well, and if you’re not… stay home and rest. You’ll get better a lot faster that way. I promise.