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Why You Should Reschedule Your Massage If You’re Sick

 

Cold and flu viruses are flying around all over the place at this time of year. If you’re unlucky to catch one and have a massage appointment coming up, what should you do? Will the massage help to relieve your sickness or should you cancel and reschedule your appointment?

The best thing to do is reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms like a cough, sore throat, runny nose, blocked nose, and fatigue. Here are the main reasons why…

It can make you feel worse

Massage helps to flush toxins and waste materials out of your body. When you’re fighting a virus or infection, there are a lot of toxins circulating around your body, toxins that your body and immune system are already fighting hard to get rid of. The effects of a massage will exacerbate this, making it harder for your immune system to fight and worsening your symptoms. You’ll likely feel much more sick, tired, and sore after a massage.

It could ruin the massage experience

A massage is supposed to be a relaxing experience. If you’re constantly sniffing, sneezing, and coughing, then you’re not going to be very relaxed. As you sneeze and cough, you’re using muscles in your body. As your muscles tense up, the actions of the massage won’t be as effective and your massage therapist may have to stop until your coughing or sneezing fit has passed.

You could make others sick

If you’re sick, then you may be contagious. Going in for a massage then has a high risk of you passing your germs onto the massage therapist. A sick massage therapist must take time off work until they’re better because they don’t want to infect all of their clients. You should reschedule your appointment when you’re ill in order to avoid infecting your massage therapist. Plus, even though massage studios carefully sanitize after each client, you could still leave airborne germs that could infect others that come into the studio.

Massages can be helpful during flu season

Although you shouldn’t get a massage if you’re ill, massages can be beneficial in general during flu season. Massage boosts the immune system, which could help to prevent you from becoming sick. It also relieves stress and tension, and we are much more likely to get sick when we are stressed.

So, if you’ve caught a cold, make sure to tell your massage therapist and reschedule the appointment for after your symptoms have passed. If you want to book or reschedule a massage with us, then get in touch or use our online booking system.

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Getting Fit in 2020? Massage Can Help…

It’s the time for new year’s resolutions, and an ever-popular one is to lose weight, get in shape, get fit, or maybe even gain weight if you’re looking to pack on some muscle. Whichever it is, exercise is almost definitely involved. It’s likely that you’ll be pushing your body by exercising more frequently or introducing types of exercise you’ve never done before.

You’re likely to find this difficult at first as your muscles get used to being used in different ways and the extra pressure you’re putting on them to work harder. You’re likely to feel sore and stiff the next day, but don’t let that stop you from working toward your goal. Just take a rest day, get plenty of sleep, keep eating right, and get back to it the next day.

The importance of rest

Even take two or three rest days if you need. Rest days are really important when training your body as this is when your muscles repair themselves and grow stronger. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to injury, illness, and demotivation, all factors that make you less likely to achieve your goals.

It’s important to be patient and take it slowly, especially if you have low fitness levels to start with. You might start by exercising just once or twice a week. As your body gets stronger and fitter, you can then increase this as you progress.

How massage can help you stick to your new year’s resolution

Massage can also help you out when it comes to that post-workout soreness. A sports massage or deep tissue massage after your workout helps to decrease the soreness you’ll feel the next day. This speeds up your recovery time, meaning you can get back to the gym (or whatever your choice of exercise is) sooner.

Massage also improves the suppleness of your muscles and the mobility of your joints, helping to reduce your chances of injury. Simple injuries like pulling a muscle while working out could prevent you from training for weeks, which could seriously derail your efforts. Looking after your body with regular massage sessions helps to keep you in good shape.

As you continue exercising, your body will start to become more accustomed to it, so you won’t feel the same levels of soreness you did when you first started out. But, in the meantime, you can book a massage therapy session with Moonstone Massage to keep you working toward your goals in 2020. Get in touch to find out about the massage services we offer.