Should I cancel my massage appointment if I'm sick? Know when you should reschedule your session. Living Link Massage Therapy, HIghland NY

Short answer: Yep. It’s just the best thing to do.

Long Answer: Yep.    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’re sick, your body needs rest. Receiving massage is an active task, and not entirely restful. Massage causes change in the body. Your nervous system is receiving huge amounts of input, and changes are occurring. Your body is releasing hormones. Fluids are moving through blood and lymph vessels. 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 head into that face cradle, you’ll realize the error of your ways. Gravity and pressure are not your friend here. We’re just not designed to lie face down for long amounts of time. On non-sick days, massage can make you stuffy for a bit. Even if I do a great face massage to drain your sinuses, you’ll likely feel worse when you get off the table.

Quick note

I am NOT concerned with you getting me sick, believe it or not.  Since I became a full time massage therapist 4 years ago, I don’t get coughs/colds or the flu. This is not just wanton bragging. I used to get uglysick multiple times a year, so the difference is stunning. There’s no question that my work as a massage therapist.  My immune system is strong enough to deal with the viruses I come into contact with on a daily basis.

When to cancel

  • If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours. Or if you are still feeling under the weather 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 deep 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.
  • If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.
  • If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all 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, please call me before your appointment and we can make a decision together.




Should I cancel my appointment if I’m sick?

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