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Does Massage Help When Sick with Flu? – Massage Monday #377

November 10, 2019

Hi everyone. I am Yasuko and it’s time for Massage Monday. The flu season started early and it has been
pretty bad this year. Massage sounds good to get rid of these “toxins”
like flu, doesn’t it? So should you get a massage if you are sick
with flu? The answer is “No” for several reasons. First, it’s not very comfortable to lie face
down on a massage table. Even if you are healthy, many people get stuffy
nose or runny nose after facing down for a while which is normal. When you already have clogged nose or runny
nose, it will be torturous for you to lie face down for a long period of time. And it’s not very relaxing having to blow
your nose constantly. Yes you can breathe from your mouth but then
you have to constantly worry about drooling. Second, massage does have a detox effect but
it’s more like massage initiates the detox process. Your body still has to work to get rid of
those toxins. When you get a massage while you are already
fighting the flu, you will feel sicker and more tired from the extra toxins released
from your body and your body has to work harder to get rid of those toxins. If you have a fever, massage may make it go
higher from an improved circulation. Finally, you shouldn’t get a massage when
you are sick with flu because massage therapists don’t want to get sick. Massage is a manual labor and if we’re sick
we can’t work. If we can’t work, we can’t make money. We cannot telecommute or work from home remotely. Flu spreads by airborne transmission. A massage room is usually small and confined
and we don’t want to be trapped in a contaminated air for like 60-minutes or 90-minutes at a
time. Also, we may be in the best position to spread
the flu because our profession is based on touch. Touch is a sure way to spread the flu. Of course, we wash our hands after each but
client there is no way we can sanitize everything you touch and we touch in between clients
especially in a commercial setting like spas. Oh, and in commercial settings like massage
places, it’s a manager’s nightmare to find a coverage for sick therapists during a busy
time like after the holiday season when we are packed with people redeeming gift certificates. So if you are sick with flu, it’s best to
stay home and let your body heal and restore. If you already have a massage appointment,
please don’t just cancel but please reschedule for yourself, your massage therapist, and
other clients. In the meantime, you can try these acupressure
points to alleviate the flu symptoms such as runny nose and sore throat and I’ll put
the link below. And please go get your massage after you are
all better and it’s a great way to reward your body for fighting hard. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you back next week. Make it a great week. Feel free to comment below and please don’t
forget to subscribe.


  • Reply C January 16, 2018 at 2:22 am

    This is Cat from
    Brooklyn NY!๐Ÿฑ

    Thank you for another wonderful, informative video!๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ†’๐ŸŒจ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŽˆโ„โ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’–โ˜„โ˜ฎ๐Ÿฑ

  • Reply ศ˜erban Gabriela January 16, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Very helpful. Thank you. ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
    ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— OVEโ•

  • Reply anodadude January 16, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks Yasuko! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Anjelica Dixon January 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I love You!

  • Reply ma nou January 20, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Well said!

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