chair massage, contraindications, deep tissue massage, massage therapist, massage therapy, thursday 13

Thursday 13 #1–Deep tissue Massage contraindications


Certain areas should be avoided or caution used while receiving deep tissue massage.

In general infections and undiagnosed pain should be checked by a medical doctor.
Moreover, your therapist needs to be informed of certain conditions that would not be beneficial to your health. Communication is key.

  1. Acute injuries– Sprains/ strains within the acute inflammatory stage. Within in the first few days of incident, injuries should be avoided. First aid, R.I.C.E. Rest, ice , compress, and elevate injured area. Very light massage during and definitely after this stage can speed recovery time, the healing process, and limit scar tissue formation.
  2. Varicose veins.
  3. Open wounds. Again, massage after the acute stage can help can limit scar tissue.
  4. Areas with sensation loss.
  5. DVT, deep vein thrombosis, i.e. blood clots
  6. Eyes. Obviously a finger in the eye is not good. Also, care should be taken if contact lenses are worn. It may be better to remove them for treatment.
  7. Tumors, benign tumors could be stimulated by deep transverse friction.
  8. Areas of main arteries (i.e. the groin, armpit, and front of neck). Much care is taken while massage is being done in these areas.
  9. Deep pressure over nerves.
  10. Bony prominences. The styloid process behind the ear, spineous processes…
  11. Lymph nodes.
  12. Bacterial infections. Boils and or inflamed hair follicles.
  13. Contagious conditions. Cold sores, fungal infections like athletes foot and ringworm.

Colds and infections like the “flu” should not be shared even with your worst enemy. Please be kind and reschedule for a latter time.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, injury prevention, massage therapy, RSI's

FAQ Friday

One of the most FAQ’s I get as a therapist is: “Do your hands get sore from doing this work?” Most of the time I can confidently say “no” (thank God). But unfortunately some weeks are harder than others and/or I let my body mechanics slide a little. As with any one who works a skill, you develop strength as you practice. I’d say it’s conditioning. When I am out of practice, that’s when I feel it. After coming off of a vacation…

RSI’s (Repetitive Strain Injuries) like carpal tunnel syndrome can be helped alleviated by massage; but also, can seriously limit a persons career.
I believe in my own medicine. I practice self massage. I like to trade with other therapists often.
And I appreciate all the helpful people that are making the difference in peoples lives by educating and teaching injury prevention.

A great book on this subject, Save Your Hands, by Lauriann Greene & Richard W. Goggins, CPE, LMP. I believe it’s used as a textbook in some massage schools and the author(s) have regular workshops for allied health care workers.

And also by author Shogo Mocizuki, Hand Maintenance Guide for Massage Therapists, the art of an injury free career.

Have a great weekend.

AMTA, massage therapy, respect

Public Service Announcement from the AMTA

Massage Therapists Deserve Professional Respect

The practice of massage therapy is focused on health and wellness. It can help alleviate the effects of a broad range of health conditions, including pain, stress and muscle injury.

The growing popularity of massage therapy in recent years has attracted greater attention to the profession and its practitioners by the media and the public. While this increased attention has resulted in a wider recognition of the many benefits of massage, occasionally some public figures attempt to link the practice of massage therapy to sexual activity. Perpetuating this view not only demeans the profession of massage therapy, but also can threaten the physical safety of massage practitioners when an assumption is made that someone can demand sex from them.

AMTA and its members understand good-natured humor, but call on the media and public figures to not allow their comments to denigrate the massage therapy profession, stereotype massage therapists, or threaten their safety. Public comments about the profession should never imply an expectation of or a connection with sexual activity.

Massage therapists are trained professionals who have completed specialized education in their field. Those who belong to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), for example, have demonstrated a level of skill and knowledge through education and testing, adhere to a code of ethics and must meet continuing education requirements to retain membership.

© 2008 American Massage Therapy Association®

andrews institute, massage therapy, sports massage

Fav Friday

So, what have I been doing lately? I’ve had a great opportunity to be working out at the Athletes’ Performance-FL in Gulf Breeze. Actually I have not been “working out”/ training there; I have been doing sports massage. The Athletes’ Performance institute is a sports training/conditioning facility located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Click here to see pictures from a Pensacola News Journal article featuring some of the athletes we have the opportunity to work with this year. Some of the other therapists involved in this venture are Mindy Sargent and Scott Williams.

massage therapy, modalities, thursday 13

Thursday 13 #1–Massage Modalities

Thirteen Modalities

  1. Shiatsu-literally means “finger pressure”
  2. Medical Massage -doctor prescribed massage
  3. Sports Massage- Massage to help athletes meet their goals
  4. Trigger Point Therapy- Applied pressure to painful knots for relief
  5. Swedish- (aka basic Westernized massage strokes kneading, hacking, gliding) Stress relief massage to restore wellness.
  6. Aromatherapy- therapy enhanced by the healing properties of essential oils
  7. Rolfing- holistic treatment aimed at restructuring the body and body movement
  8. Craniosacral- branch of osteopathy that gently adjusts the head and pelvis to restore the CSF rythym, i.e. systemic cerebral spinal fluid circulation
  9. Myofascial Release- elongating muscle fascia to release tension
  10. Hot-Stone Massage- heated river rocks used to soothe aches and melt away tension
  11. Reflexology- Feet/hands massaged to correspond to different body parts/organs
  12. Onsite Massage- Therapist comes to you. (aka workplace, chair, out call)
  13. Spa Therapy- the “get away from it all” and please pamper me massage

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AMTA, chair massage, massage events, massage therapy

AMTA’s National Massage Therapy Awareness Week Event


Makes you wish you lived in or near Crystal River, eh?

Presented by AMTA’s Heart of Florida Chapter

The AMTA Heart of Florida Chapter is celebrating National Massage
Therapy Awareness Week by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity and
providing FREE CHAIR MASSAGES to the general public. The goal is to
raise awareness of the Massage Therapy profession and educate the
public about the benefits of massage, while raising funds for a great
cause Habitat for Humanity.

When: October 25th, 2007

Where: Crystal River Mall

1801 NW Us Highway 19

Crystal River, FL 34428

Time: 9:00am until 1:30pm

massage therapy, Pensacola

Who is Massage Buzz?

Massage Buzz is James A. Fritschle, LMT located in Pensacola, Florida. James has been practicing massage therapy for 7 yrs. With several years of experience as a Chiropractic Assistant, James is thoroughly versed in sports injury therapy and deep tissue work. Currently, James is a member of the 12th Avenue Massage Group, located in the heart of historic Pensacola.

12th Avenue Massage Therapy Group
2100 N 12th Ave Pensacola, Fl 32503

My current office hours are:
Mon.-Fri. 9am to 11:30am and Saturdays 9am-5pm.

By appointment (850)485-0552

Gift Certificates available!

MA# 48259 MM# 9764