Illness as a contraindication to massage


As a massage student, I was recently faced with a dilemma concerning illness…my own. When I awoke one morning before class, I felt the symptoms of a common cold. Facing a major palpation test that evening in massage school, I decided to proceed to class. When I arrived that evening, I felt much worse. I made a tough decision to leave the class upon arriving, as I knew that I might pass my illness on to the other students and the instructor. As a student therapist, becoming aware of illnesses and contraindications to massage will be an invaluable tool to my work.

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