The very nature of vaccines put the body under a certain stress while the immune system responds to the vaccination. The holistic health and safety of our clients remains our first priority. This policy aims to provide clarity about when a massage can and cannot be performed in relation to vaccinations.
We encourage all eligible persons be up to date with their Covid-19 vaccinations before attending a massage appointment. We will record your record vaccination status but do not need to keep a copy of your vaccination certificate. If you have a valid medical exemption from Covid-19 vaccinations, you are encouraged to phone to book rather than booking online to ensure the safest appointment time is made for you.
Communicating a Recent Vaccination
If you have recently had a vaccination of any sort, it is important to let us know so we may be mindful of any tenderness at the injection site as well as be aware of any potential side effects when developing your massage plan.
Massage in the first 72 hours after receiving a vaccination
Regardless of which vaccine is administered, this is the period where a person is most likely to experience the common side effects such as headache, muscle and joint pain, and fever. Around 30% of people experience one of more of these reactions. Massage is contraindicated during this time. Please avoid booking a massage during this brief 72 hour period of time.
If you do have a massage booked and are feeling unwell, please let us know.
Additional Side Effects
If you experience any of the following side effects after a vaccination, you will need to seek urgent medical assistance:
- severe, persistent headaches that do not settle with paracetamol or other painkillers
- blurred vision
- weakness of face or limbs
- confusion or seizure
- shortness of breath that is not usual
- chest pain
- persistent abdominal pain
- leg swelling
- pin-prick rash or bruising not at the injection site that cannot be explained.
We look forward to seeing you at your massage appointment soon.