AMTA MA Chapter Interview with Kristen Lutz
From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS... From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS...
I had the pleasure of interviewing with the American Massage Therapy Association's (AMTA) Massachusetts Chapter since I am part of 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!
Why did you become a massage therapist? Did you have another career before? 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.
You're from Boston, what's your experience with the Marathon? (not just last year, but in general)
I worked as a volunteer host with the John Hancock Elite Athlete Village for several years. That was an amazing experience as I was able to meet so many of the world’s top marathon athletes and help to make their time in Boston a special one. I volunteered with the Dana Farber charity team’s massage volunteer group for a couple of years as well. The last two years I’ve spent time as a volunteer for the WBZ Spotters Network. This acts as the eyes and ears of the Boston Marathon broadcast and gets the elite athlete field race information faster than any other media outlet.
What kinds of events have you run before this? I ran Boston in 2004 and I thought I was a ‘one and done’. It was the first road race I’d ever ran. Yes. I chose the Boston Marathon as my first road race. I must have been high on a Patriots Super Bowl three-peat and the impending break of an 86 year-old curse on the Red Sox. I was in my first year of grad school at Northeastern and the opportunity presented itself for me to get a bib. I have to say it was one of the best and my worst days of my life. I had over-trained, trained solo, became injured just 10 days before race day, and had to run in 85* temperatures. Despite those obstacles I finished…but not within my goal time. I felt beat up for weeks after and really wished my apartment wasn’t on the third floor of a building with no elevator. Can you see why I wanted nothing to do with marathons ever again? It was about two years ago that I started to get the itch to run Boston one more time; my road to redemption.
Since 2004 I had run a handful of half marathons, in the U.S. and in Europe, so many 5Ks and 10Ks I’ve lost count, and a Reach the Beach NH Relay. Since running Boston I now know how to train and have integrative health practitioners who I’ll be seeing to help get me to that finish line in one piece. Ten years later, I’m at it again!
How is your 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.