A Touch of Peace Therapeutic Massage
Julie Booth, LMT, LMTI
Should you get a massage if you are sick or coming down with something?

The short answer is no.

Massage does enhance immune system function, however while the body is actively fighting an illness, massage may be too taxing on the system. One effect of massage is to release toxins from the muscle tissues and aid lymphatic function. With a healthy person this is a wonderful benefit, but while the body is already mounting a war against a virus, flooding the system with other stored toxins can make you feel worse and lengthen recovery time. It is best to stay home and rest.

Medical doctors recommend that you remain symptom free for 48 consecutive hours before scheduling a massage to prevent relapse and to prevent the spread of a contagion.

Additionally, if you are sick please be courteous of the massage therapist and other clients' health; if you have a fever or otherwise suspect you are contagious, please stay home. The best time to reap the immune system benefits of massage is through regular massage while you are healthy.

For those concerned about our 24-hour cancellation policy, you will not be charged a missed appointment fee if you cancel due to illness. But if it is a short-notice cancellation and you could send someone else in your place, such as a friend or co-worker, your massage therapist would be grateful!

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