Registered Massage Therapist
Member of the Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia
Since 2000

2369 Agricola Street • Suite 202
Halifax, Nova Scotia • B3K 4B7
jessica.marsh.hfx@gmail.com
902 • 580 • 2708

30.1.13

Be healthy! Be safe!

As we make our way through the more challenging months of the Maritime year, I want to make note of some winter massage therapy issues.



Sickness
If you come down with cold or flu-like symptoms in the day before your massage appointment and you believe you may be contagious, please call and reschedule your appointment. I will waive the 24 hour cancellation policy that asks you to be responsible for the appointment fee. If you come to your appointment and you are contagious, you could be passing your sickness on to me and my other clients.  Additionally, if you have an infection and you have a massage therapy treatment, it could be spreading the infection within your body. Stay home, rest and drink fluids!

Dangerous roads
If you drive to your appointments and in the hours before your appointment the roads are suddenly icy or it's suddenly stormy and you don't feel safe driving, please call and reschedule.  I would much rather you stay home and be safe than try to brave a dangerous situation just because you have an appointment.  Again, I will not hold you responsible for the fee.



In general, if you need to reschedule an appointment, please give me as much notice as possible.  Frequently I have a wait list of people who would be happy to take an appointment time you have to reschedule - I have a number of clients who live in the neighborhood and could walk to my treatment space, even in a storm.  So the sooner you can let me know, the better.  It's difficult for me to fill an appointment time if you call only an hour before.

Flu - When am I Contagious?



Once again, we’re in the thick of flu season, and 2013 seems particularly intense. Many of you and your families have had the flu, are in the throes of it, or are feeling the first signs of illness. Some people are uncertain about when they are contagious and when they aren’t – and therefore they are uncertain about whether or not they should come in for a massage appointment.

People are showing up for appointments saying their throats just started hurting that day, they just started coughing, they just started sneezing, but it hasn’t really ‘hit them’ yet, so they think they are okay to come in for a massage. According to the Centres for Disease Control, 

"Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick."

Therefore, it's important to identify flu symptoms immediatelyI know it's tempting to tell yourself that you aren't sick or about to get sick so you can come in for your massage, especially when your symptoms involves aching muscles. How nice would it be to get a massage when your body feels sore all over? But I must ask you to be mindful about spreading your sickness to me and to my other clients. When I treat you, we are in very close physical proximity; if I am treating your neck and head, I am inches away from your face. After you leave my office there will be a number of other people coming in to the space you just left. If you are sick and you come in for a treatment, you are putting me and them at risk. 

In order to help you understand when you are and aren't contagious, I have put together a Q & A about the flu, based on information from the Centres for Disease Control. Please also read my post about sickness and my massage policies Be Healthy! Be Safe!

What is the flu?
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly.

What are flu symptoms?
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  •  Headaches
  •  Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
  • *It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever
How does the flu spread?
People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

When am I contagious?
Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some persons can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.