Are you sick? Want a massage to make you feel better and want to know if it’s OK?
Massages are widely known as wonderful aids in boosting immunity against disease as well as being great for helping your body and mind to enter into a restful state that is necessary for healing. However, does that mean that you should always come in for a massage when you’re under the weather?
The short answer is gonna be a very polite but assertive no. Yes sharing is caring but not when it comes to your germs.
If you’re sick, you may be contagious. To quote Miranda Priestly In The Devil Wears Prada, if your an “Incubus of Viral Plague” it’s best to try and not infect others.
There are a variety of reasons why you should carefully assess getting a massage if you are sick. Sometimes massage can help with relieving pain, getting restful sleep and promoting recovery. However, sometimes massage can worsen symptoms and prolong illness. Carry on reading to find out whether or not you should cancel your massage appointment if you are sick.
If you have a cold or a sickness bug –
The common cold is generally the most frequent illness that people get and it spreads like wildfire, especially at certain times of the year. Given that the cold isn’t a serious illness and is unlikely to have serious effects on its victims, you would think that it would be okay to carry on your daily life and still get a massage, right? Wrong!! The truth is, massage can quicken and strengthen the symptoms of a common cold, making you more unwell, and faster. Not only this but your massage therapist will be grateful to you for keeping your sickness to yourself.
The same goes for the sickness bug, the increase of blood flow that massage provides can intensify your illness and promote the travel of the sickness round the body, depending on the root cause of the illness.
If you have a virus –
Most viral infections are heavily contagious, and they can be nastier and more aggressive than your average bacterial infection. Because of the infectious nature of a virus, its quite honestly just cruel to continue to visit your massage therapist for your sessions putting them at risk of becoming sick. Not only this, but much like the common cold or sickness bugs, you could be strengthening your sickness and giving it a fast track round your body.
If you have a chronic condition –
If you have a chronic condition, the painful and frustrating side effects of which you are looking to alleviate, then you absolutely should continue to get your massage. Massage as a therapy for people with chronic conditions is proven to alleviate pain, stress, and improve quality of life.
If you have a long-term illness –
If you are suffering will a long-term illness such as cancer, then you should absolutely be considering massage as part of your treatment. Massage helps to improve the body’s immune system, as well as helping to give you instant pain relief and relaxation. Promoting comfort during your healing process.
Remember to always consult your doctor before partaking in any treatments regarding your illness as it is not as simple as a one size fits all massage will fix your ailments. Your doctor will be able to provide guidance as to what would benefit your body in terms of pressure, frequency, and focus on specific bodily areas.
Your Body is already on overdrive.
If you’re not well due to sickness, your body’s has already declared all out war on the virus and is busy fighting the nasty little invaders. This means your body is already in overdrive fighting the toxins and trying to cleanse its self.
A massage also has a cleansing effect on the body and help remove day to day toxins from the muscles and body. To have a massage when you ill will add even more stress on an already super stressed system and may do you more harm than good.
Stay at home and rest
if your super ill, you need a doctor, not a massage therapist. Then go home and rest.
PS. if you find a doctor that looks like the one in this post. Let us know where and us, probably along with 95% of the rest of the gay population of Manchester will suddenly switch surgery.