Should I Cancel My Appointment If I'm Sick?



Short Answer: Yes, Please.

Bodywork sessions are 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.


Why?


When you are sick, your body needs rest. It's strange to think about it this way, but receiving bodywork is an active task, it is not entirely rest. Bodywork causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Having a session when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting. That's no good.


You're not going to be comfortable on the table. Sure, it sounds nice. But the moment you put your already-stuffy head into that face cradle, you'll realize the error of your ways. Gravity and pressure are not your friend here. Even if I do some great work on your face to drain your sinuses, you'll likely feel worse when you get off the table.


You could get me sick. Since most of the common viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, I could pass the cooties along to more clients before I even know it's happening.


Further, when I get sick, I have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. I work for myself, with no paid sick days to compensate for lost wages. Sure, as a responsible business owner I have a fund for these situations. But I would rather use that fund for some new equipment. So I'm gonna try to stay germ-free this season.


So it's a deal. You'll cancel so as not to infect me and my treatment room, and I'll do the same for you. We'll keep each other safe.


When to Cancel?


As soon as possible if you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling punky 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 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. And even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the hour on my table would be wasted time and money for you.


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 about your situation, please call me before your appointment and we can make a decision together.


Looking forward to supporting you on your healing journey.

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