Massage therapy is both an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation, and to relaxation and stress reduction.

It relieves pain and stress by relaxing the muscles and soft tissue as well as increasing circulation. When the muscles relax, they lengthen, which relieves the stress caused by the muscles pulling on the bones.

An example of how pain relief works, is when a tight area of the body is pressed into, it might be painful. But when the muscles in that area have been relaxed, pressing into them with the same pressure, will no longer be painful, or, at least be much less so.

When soft tissue, which includes muscles and fascia, is relaxed, there is less constriction, allowing all of the fluids, including blood and lymph, to flow with much less effort. By increasing circulation all of the cells of the body are able to function much more optimally. Blood is like the food and garbage service to the cells, bringing nourishment and removing waste. Malnourished-toxic cells can not function at their best.

Massage therapy, will help to keep pain and stress levels down, which give the body much more ability to heal and recover from injuries.

While giving a massage, when the therapist is really feeling what he or she is touching, their awareness of our body, brings us much more awareness of our own body, which then enables us to release some of the hold we have on ourself. When we are at the movies, for example, after a very intense scene, we realize we have been gripping our hand and release it. We could not release our hand until we were aware that we were tightening it in the first place. So, here at crest massage we can help you to connect to your own holding patterns and help to release them.

Prenatal Massage

The weight of carrying your most precious cargo can be stressful on your muscles; let Crest Massage Center take care of you while you take care of your child. Expecting women go through a variety of different muscle issues due to the extra weight they carry. Back pain, leg pain, sore feet and muscle cramps are all standard issues for mothers to be and constant strain can lead to stress which is not healthy for the mother or the baby.

The benefits of prenatal massage are numerous. It helps in development by improving circulation which enhances oxygen and nutrient flow to the fetus. The therapy encourages a healthy labor as it relaxes muscle tension, diminishes swelling and discomfort and enhances hip flexibility. After just one session your endorphins and serotonin increases, promoting well-being of mother and child as body chemistry becomes more balanced.

If you are expecting and want a natural alternative to pain relieve then come see us at Crest Massage Center today.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is what most people mean when they talk about the general term massage. It is one of the most relaxing types of massage to receive. The general techniques are gliding, kneading, tapping, and vibrating, and it is usually done in a very smooth flowing manner.

A massage therapist can target specific areas to work out the kinks or you can have a full body treatment.

Another addition to the session which Crest Massage Center offers its clients is hot stone massage. Special finely polished basalt stones (or lava rocks) are water heated and applied directly to the body to relax the muscles, creating a warming experience that is kneaded into the entire body.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is used on ailments like chronic pain, recovery from injuries, limited mobility, postural problems and muscle tension or spasm, among others.

Deep tissue massage can start off light to relax the surface muscles so that the massage therapist can get to the muscles underneath. Many of the physical issues we have after receiving an injury or strain affects all the muscles in the area. This is why it's important to touch in to all the muscles in that area and work out the tightness.

As the massage is meant to get down deep into the problematic area it is common that the client will be bit sore for a day or two afterwards. This is because massage is something of a passive workout. The muscles are being worked and if they are not used to being manipulated then they will get sore just like an average physical work out.

Even though deep tissue massage is commonly thought of as a, 'no pain, no gain' type of massage, that is not actually the case. If you ever feel that the therapist is applying too much pressure, tell them right away. At Crest Massage Center we are here to make you feel better but also to make your whole experience a pleasant one.