Blood drives are a common event for many companies. Occasionally, these blood drives may overlap with your office massage day. You may be wondering if you can both donate blood and receive a massage on the same day.
In this article, we'll let you know why there may be some concern and what you should consider.
The Concern with Massage After Blood Donation
Some massage therapists might be a little concerned with giving a massage right after blood donation. Let's talk about why.
Many people find themselves a little woozy or lightheaded after a massage in general. This is because massage lowers blood pressure. As your stress levels decrease during a massage, so does your blood pressure.
So why is this concerning when it comes to an office blood drive?
Giving blood also leaves many people woozy or lightheaded. Because a fairly significant amount of blood has been removed from your system, your blood pressure will have gone down naturally.
Many massage therapists may not feel comfortable with giving you a massage when they know that you could already be feeling lightheaded. They may be concerned about you passing out or just feeling unwell.
For the most part, most massage clients will be fine giving blood and getting a massage the same day. But because some clients may not be okay (read: they may faint or worse!), many massage therapists will err on the side of caution and refuse to give massage to someone whose given blood that day.
Getting a Massage after Giving Blood?
The first thing that you should know is that there are no official rules about whether or not it's ok to receive a massage after giving blood.
The decision is up to you—and the massage therapist you're working with. Here are some things to consider as you make the choice.
4 Situations When You Should Avoid a Massage after Giving Blood
1. If you insist it's fine, but your massage therapist refuses
Keep in mind that your massage therapist is a trained professional. There are educational requirements massage therapists must keep up with every year. That means they understand the impacts of massage.
If your massage therapist doesn't think it's a good idea to give you a massage the same day you've given blood, they may be acting out of an abundance of caution, but it's in your best interest. Talk with them about their concerns so you understand where they're coming from.
2. If your therapist insists it's fine, but you're unsure
Some massage therapists may have no problem giving a massage to a client who has given blood during the day. Perhaps you gave blood first thing in the morning, and now it's 4:30 pm -- your therapist may assess that you'll be perfectly fine to receive a massage.
In any massage situation, remember that the client can always refuse the service. You'll know if you're feeling well enough to receive a massage, or if it might be best to skip it. Don't hesitate to speak up if you'd rather not have your massage the same day that you've given blood.
Just understand that without adequate notice, you may need to pay a cancellation fee. If you know ahead of time that you'll be donating blood on the same day as a massage and you're not sure how you'll feel, save yourself a possible penalty (and save your therapist from being annoyed!) by rescheduling well in advance.
3. If you have other health concerns
There are some health conditions which makes massage contraindicated. And that's without having given blood. So if you've got underlying medical conditions, donating blood and then receiving a massage may cause more problems.
Be sure to disclose any medical condition to your massage therapist so they know the correct way to treat you.
4. If you've got a big day ahead of you
Getting a massage on the same day as your blood drive? Maybe that would be fine.
But what if you're also giving a big speech, driving the carpool for soccer practice, and then flying out of town? That might be pushing it.
Do yourself a favor and save the massage for the next day if you can, that way you'll be able to fully enjoy the therapy without worry that you may feel tired or sick afterward.
Office Massage and Office Blood Drives: Safety First!
So what if you're not in one of those 4 situations listed above? Massage Therapy is a modality of healing, so it's generally safe for most people. If you don't have any unusual health concerns, getting a massage the same day as you've given blood should usually be just fine.
No matter what, just know that your massage therapist has your best interest at heart. While there isn't a universal agreement on what's best in this situation, your therapist will have their own ideas about it -- so you should too!