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Crystal Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic Offers Affordable Massage Options

By Pamela Sosnowski

Crystal Mountain Massage Therapy Clinic of Albuquerque has been providing the community with an affordable option for quality massages for over 35 years. Established in 1980 as one of the city's first massage clinics, it began offering a variety of massage therapy classes and training through the University of New Mexico's continuing education program. To this day it remains a teaching clinic, and clients have the option of having a massage performed by one of the institute's students for a reduced rate, or choose from several licensed therapists.

"Crystal Mountain Institute is a non-profit massage therapy school and clinic," Tali Williams, the school's executive director, said. "Our students and licensed massage therapists provide amazing massage services at an affordable rate."

Therapeutic massage, the type performed at Crystal Mountain, is when the therapist determines which combination of modalities will best suit the client they are working with. Some of the most common massage modalities include Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, myofascial release, sports, and more. At Crystal Mountain, massage is available for both individuals as well as couples.

"Every time a client comes in for massage, we find out what they need during that session and adapt the massage accordingly," Williams said "For many of our clients, massage is a regular part of their preventative health care regime for both their body and mind."

Crystal Mountain also offers three kinds of specialty massages that work as stand-alone treatments, not in conjunction with massage modalities. They are Lomi Lomi, a form of Hawaiian massage (which literally translates to "rub rub"), CranioSacral, which incorporates a light touch, and Bowen massage, an Australian technique and soft tissue manipulation technique. Most of the massage therapies are available in 60, 90, or 120-minute sessions with the speciality massages lasting one hour.

Crystal Mountain Institute expanded its training to include a 200-hour massage certification program in 1988. Today, students must complete a minimum of 650 hours of training by a licensed school as mandated but the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board. This is broken down into class time devoted to anatomy, physiology, pathology, and kinesiology, massage therapy training, instruction that includes CPR/First Aid, business, and ethics, and additional training in areas and electives of the student's choice. Students are also required to complete at least 150 hours of clinical work. Several continuing education classes are also available to help therapists stay abreast of the latest massage therapies.

The clinic is open Mondays through Saturdays and appointments may be easily booked online. Clients may book a session with a particular therapist in mind as well as the treatment type. Active military personnel or veterans, seniors, and alumni of Crystal Mountain may enjoy a $5 discount off any service.

All clients will find a peaceful space at Crystal Mountain and a caring staff that takes time to listen to each individual's needs.

"Our massage clinic is comfortable, friendly, and inviting," Williams said. "We are not a spa. We treat our clients like extended family and take the time to get to know them."

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