Sports and Myofascial Therapist, James Fritschle (pronounced “Fritch-Lee”) holds certificates in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Sports Massage, Flexibility Coaching and Personal Training.
James has been practicing massage and bodywork since 2001.
He possesses nearly 20 years of specialized knowledge and training in helping others find relief from chronic back and neck pain. His sports-medicine approach is effective for repetitive motion injuries and sports related injuries like runners knee, golf and tennis elbow, and plantar fasciitis type issues. James loves sharing empowering insights for self-care.
Principles and policies:
- Should massage hurt to be effective? Massage therapy and bodywork is is most efficacious when it is performed with precise care and respect. Expert use of deep pressure does not have to illicit pain. Therapeutic touch can be used to either up-regulate or down regulate the nervous system. Medical massage must be performed with an attentive touch and utmost respect for the integrity of the body’s tissues. If myofascial work, stretching, or IASTM (instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization) or “deep-tissue” massage leaves you bruised and sore-for-days, you may most definitely need to either talk to notify your provider or find another therapist altogether. Keep in mind, massage related bruising can also be the result of complications of medications or related to circulatory/ lymphatic system issues. And lastly, certain areas of the body may not respond well to soft-tissue manipulation (for example, even the lightest of touch on an inflamed nerve is can be alarming) let alone the over application of heavy pressure, trigger-point, mechanical stress or friction. Primum non nocere.
- How should I dress? Many massage therapy and movement techniques I practice can be performed fully clothed or through light clothing. That being said comfortable loose clothing that you can move and stretch or easily dress in and out of is ideal wear for a therapy session. Running shorts with built in lining and for women a sports top are a wise choices for sports massage where assisted stretching techniques and work in the hips & legs is commonly used. Your comfort is key.
- What kind of products do you use? The regular use of oils, lotions, and salves is recommended to be applied to areas of skin to benefit the skin and superficial connective tissue layer of the body. The integrity of the skin is the body’s vital first-line of defense for the immune system. Moreover, the skin is highly innervated. billions of fiber-optic sensory organs of the skin make up the brain body-connection of our senses to the world surrounding us. Healthy skin is pretty important. I use professional grade massage therapy products and small batch artisan bees wax products from Little Green Bees , our local honey farm operation and Gulf Coast. To learn more please follow us on social media.
- Compensation Insurance and Tipping: Massage therapy is a licensed health profession under the Florida Department of Health and regulated by the FL Board of Massage Therapy. Medical insurance in Florida does not support full coverage massage therapy yet. Allied health services are typically either compensated in part by a third party payer (i.e. health insurance) or a reasonable fee is cover cost and labor is expected. However, I do not currently take health insurance. In my private practice, tipping is NOT customary or encouraged but if you do not feel I am not charging enough and insist on expressing your gratitude that way, then I will not turn down extra income. With that, the biggest way to show gratitude is to share and recommend my work with a friend or someone you know we can help. A great referral, review, or raving recommendation is the most valued gift to give a small business.
- Scheduling and Cancellations: Your appointment time is reserved just for you. Our business depends directly on people keeping those times or allowing us enough time to fill those times with paying customers. We know unexpected things happen so, please contact us immediately with as much advanced notice as possible when it is necessary to reschedule or cancel. Late cancellations and missed appointments may be charge a fee up to the full price of the session. COVID-19 Precautions
Have you had a fever in the last 24 hours of 100°F or above?
Do you now, or have you recently had, any respiratory or flu symptoms, sore throat, or shortness of breath?
Have you been in contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has Coronavirus-type symptoms?
If you replied ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please contact us to reschedule your appointment without penalty.
Office Location: 1610 Barrancas Ave Pensacola, FL 32502
MA#48259 MM# 33642