AMTA Interview with Kristen Lutz
From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS... I had the pleasure of interviewing with the American Massage Therapy Association's (AMTA) National Office as I represent the Massachusetts Chapter of the AMTA for the 2014 Boston Marathon's Massage Therapy Foundation Running for Research Team.
Here is the full article about my career and training for the most beloved and oldest marathon in the world!
AMTA Hands On Article
What led you to pursue a career in massage therapy?
After earning my Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology, I entered the corporate wellness industry. Having experienced the benefits of massage as a former athlete, I always appreciated work I received, but that’s all it really was. Until one day I was working at home and the thought crossed my mind that I needed a change. I’m still not even sure how massage became a part of that fleeting thought; perhaps divine intervention or a misfired synapse. All I know is that I’m glad it did! I chose Cortiva Boston after having a very enlightening conversation with former President, Dianne Polseno, which instantly motivated me to follow my instincts and enroll. She just had that effect on people and I am so honored to say that she touched my life in that way.
What do you enjoy most about your position? What are some of the challenges?
I am surrounded by supportive practitioners across different disciplines and by amazing clients. What’s better than being around people you truly enjoy being around? It’s pretty great to know that people not only look forward to coming in for a session, but put it at the top of their to-do list for the day. That always inspires me to provide the best care for each client. I also have complete control over my schedule so it fits well with my lifestyle. This is so important, especially when I’m training for a marathon. It also allows me to do the things I love like travel, spend time with friends, family and have lots of time with my husband and dog.
What challenges me the most is making sure I don’t stretch myself too thin. As both practices have grown, so has the demand for my availability. I’ve learn it’s OK to maintain firm boundaries around appointment scheduling. What has helped is having a network of other practitioners in which to refer clients so they can seek treatment when I am not available. The more I learn, the more I realize I have so much more to learn. So another challenge I have is deciding on which continuing education classes to take. There are so many good ones out there! What helps is focusing on which clients I want to attract to my practice. I really like working with runners and athletes of all walks of life. So I go for continuing education that will deepen my knowledge of techniques and approaches that will help them the most.
What specific experiences or educational pursuits have helped you to be successful?
Attending continuing education workshops and classes, especially the AMTA New England Regional Conference (NERC) that is held in March each year, have contributed to further developing my skills. Volunteering at sporting events like the Dana Farber Boston Marathon athlete recovery area, the Pan Mass Challenge and the New England Regional Crossfit games were my ways of meeting other practitioners in the field and as a way to interact with a variety of athletes. I encourage all massage therapists to find areas that interest them and get out there!
How did you become involved in AMTA?
I joined the AMTA in 2009 as a student because I wanted to be a part of a strong, member-driven organization. The AMTA continues to play a vital role in upholding the professional requirements and standards to move our profession forward. I’ve since attended NERC each year and the annual Massachusetts chapter meetings.
How has your AMTA membership impacted your career?
Being a member of the AMTA, and specifically the Massachusetts (MA) Chapter, has keep me an active member of the massage therapy field. I’ve been able to find various volunteer and continuing education opportunities. If you haven’t reached out to members of your AMTA chapter, I strongly encourage you to do so. There are many events and opportunities just waiting for you.
You're representing AMTA in the Boston Marathon on April 21! How's training going?
So great! I’m very excited to run Boston this year for The Massage Therapy Foundation Running for Research Charity Team. I was really happy to hear that the 2013 runners were invited to run this year so they will be joining the 2014 team that also includes Kathy Laskye and Karen Moers. I have a vast network of family, friends and colleagues who have showed tremendous support. The Massage Therapy Foundation and the massage community have been wonderful. I truly believe it takes a village for endeavors like this and I have quite the village! My training runs are going great. I especially love my Saturday mornings as I take my run to the Newton Hills with hundreds of other runners gearing up for April 21st. Being a part of the Boston running community is so inspiring and keeps me moving towards my goal of finishing Boston strong and reaching my fundraising goal.
If you’d like to help, please visit my CrowdRise donation page. Your contribution (however big or small) is appreciated!
Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS Licensed Massage Therapist
Kristen Lutz, a Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Cortiva Institute - Boston (formerly Muscular Therapy Institute) in Watertown, MA. As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Massachusetts Chapter of the AMTA, her work is centered upon supporting clients in achieving optimal health and well being through listening and understanding individual needs . She integrates various massage techniques into each personalized session. These techniques include Swedish (relaxation), deep tissue, sports massage, orthopedic massage, neuromuscular (trigger point) therapy, and myofascial release along with stretching, range of motion, and breath work. She is currently training to be certified in Advanced Orthopedic Massage. Having completed the Usui Method Reiki II Certification, clients can benefit from the integration of energy work and balancing along with massage therapy.
Clients benefit from Kristen's approach that each client is unique and no one treatment is alike. This customized approach leads to a more effective treatment. Kristen, a New England native, has been living in Boston for the past seven years. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH while playing collegiate women's volleyball. She continued with her education and graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has worked in the health and wellness field as an exercise physiologist.