Healthy Living Tip of the Week
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness among people older than 65. To avoid AMD, eat a healthy diet high in green leafy vegetables and fish, don’t smoke, maintain normal blood pressure, watch your weight and exercise.
Thanks for the tip GHP!
Well folks, the Pensacola Marathon is finally upon us. This weekend, runners from all over will converge on Pensacola to run, walk or crawl the 26 miles to the finish line. I’ll be there, with our FSMTA (Florida State Massage Therapy Association) Sports Massage Team, with massages for all the weary participants. Come on out and support your favorite home town runners. And, be on the lookout for the undeniably entertaining costumes!
In the meantime, take a look at this inspiring video of why one marathon runner does what he does.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
One of my associates was asking me the other day about my brand of massage. What is it that I do or “How I do” . What is unique about my work, or what is my work philosophy? I’d have to say that I had to think that through a bit because all massage is unique. Massage instructors know, you can demonstrate a technique to 10 people and get eleven or more different strokes. The strokes may differ in pressure, speed, application, body stance… Massage is very much an art and science.
So, collectively I have grown my experience from working under chiropractic doctors, with other therapists and by performing massage. Working across the demographic spectrum, I have developed my own methods that follow the scientific, studied approaches to the “rub down”.
Even though I am certified in neuromuscular therapy and I read textbooks, participate in training seminars, keep up my CEUs…who cares? That is not what I do or who I am per se. So, what do I do? What’s my massage philosophy?
Simply, I treat others, the way I want to be treated.
When I get a massage. I want the therapist to be focused on me, my needs and my goal for the session. Whether it be to help ease pain, relieve stress or a headache, or simply get a break from it all–I want to trust my body with someone who has my interests in mind. Yes, I help ease sore muscles but what’s important is that I help others get great massages (in my humble opinion).
Be blessed and get a great massage. You deserve it.
Another Frequently asked question I get asked is…
“What does your wife think about you being a massage therapist?”
Well, I believe when we first met I was wearing scrubs and she thought I was a doctor. Boy, was she let down when she found out the truth ;> .
No, that’s not true about the whole doctor image, but I definitely think she had no problem with it.
In fact, I can say she is my biggest fan. She never fails to cheer me on. She’s always there for me on the rainy days too. Come to think about it; she deserves a great massage. I think she has one of my gift certificates…
BTW- I will be working at the Pensacola Marathon doing pre and post event massage this weekend. Come out and cheer me on.
More so, come out and see the great athletes from here and all over the world competing in this 2nd annual race. I believe this race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Have A Great Weekend!
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
Here is a link to one the leading massage research institutes.
Although massage research is lacking in mainstream US, likely b/c of financial incentives. Most of the doctors and therapists involved volunteer their time and give their services to the cause. Many people know that massage is more than a luxury.
I will be sure to pass on valid studies when I come across them.
On Site/Chair massage is the main way I get out in the community and spread the good news of the benefits of massage. Although a good hour session can’t compare to a ten minute pick me up massage, the benefits really show on the smiling faces of those having just received a brief back massage. Ahhhhhh stress-break.
One of my associates, Sue Shannahan LMT, and I had the opportunity last week to help out at a health fair. The technical aircraft crews of Pensacola NAS(home of the Blue Angels) and Whiting Field NAS (helicopter-craft “low and slow” training field). The crimpt-up necks and tired backs of computer workers and jet engine tweekers got some much needed attention. And you wouldn’t believe it; right inside the hanger bays with the “blue and gold” F18’s parked right behind us, we set up our massage chairs in awe.
Woo hoo! I really love this job. I get to work “hands on” with the most amazing people and way interesting places. Soon it will be the governor’s mansion, then maybe I do a little work at the White House.