Real Life Health is proud to bring on board Crystal Critch, RMT as our go to massage therapist. Crystal has been with us over a month now, and has helped numerous people perform and feel better. A regular massage is a great part of a healthy lifestyle. Paired with Chiropractic care, exercise and a great diet, massage has the ability to help improve everything from your flexibility to your performance in sport!
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is a hands on form of therapy that is recognized as a Regulated Health Profession. This means therapists must uphold standards set out by a college, which makes them insurable and supported by their associations. Registered Massage Therapist’s (RMTs) specialize in manipulating the soft tissues and joints of the body through a wide variety of techniques and are taught when and how to use them in order to help prevent, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain. RMT’s also learn how to stretch and strengthen each muscle in the body and can teach you how to do these exercises, in order optimize your posture and reduce or prevent physical pain.
Whether your goal is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension, relieve chronic pain or injury, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being, as well as your quality of life.
Why Massage Therapy?
People often ask me “why did you choose to become a Massage Therapist?” It is an answer that has changed over the course of my schooling and career so far…
Originally I chose to take the program because anatomy, biology and physical education were my favourite classes when I attended high school at Marymount Academy, here in Sudbury. I was interested in learning the skills needed in order to relieve and prevent pain without the use of medication. Also, I liked the idea of learning how to live a holistically healthy lifestyle, and be able to help others do the same.
Throughout the Massage Therapy program at Georgian College, I fell in love with it more and more everyday. I had the opportunity to treat clients from the public in the student massage therapy clinic, including pregnant clients, their babies, and complex care cases (serious injuries or multi-faceted health issues). We also provided sports massage in the college gym. I was involved in various outreach programs, one working with the patients in a long-term care facility, and one at the hospital with the cancer/palliative care patients, and needless to say I enjoyed them all.
After I graduated college and got my license, I was offered the opportunity to work with Dr. Adam Ball, at Real Life Health, a wellness clinic in Sudbury. I was thrilled to have the chance to work in a clinic that prides itself on helping clients achieve their personal wellness goals.
Dr. Ball provides people with chiropractic care, and nutritional counseling. He is also the owner of CrossFit Sudbury, a gym where it’s fun to work towards and achieve your fitness goals.
Offering massage therapy on top of all of this can give our clients the opportunity to relax, and release any built up tension in their muscles, decrease any pain and treat soft tissue injuries. Whatever your goals may be, I will help you achieve them. I have seen what massage can do for people, and I love how it makes people feel. Seeing each of my clients leave with a smile on their face is what reminds me everyday, why I chose to do what I do.
Crystal Critch, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
N.B. Crystal is available Monday through Thursday from 9am-7pm and Friday 9am-5pm. Massage is a great way to get supple and improve the way we move. Proper movement is crucial to giving us the opportunity to express our health the way it’s meant to be. Getting into the habit of a regular massage address our aches, pains and tight spots, but you’ll also find therapists like Crystal will often reveal other, tight and tender areas that we should be working on as well to prevent future problems! You can book online through the “Book an appointment” button at the top of the page here. Stay Healthy Folks!