3 Friends, 2 Days, & 1 Puppy
From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS... 3 Friends, 2 Days and 1 Puppy = Road to Festivus. My group of friends and I celebrate Festivus. What is Festivus? Well, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, do a search on YouTube and you’ll get to know everything you wanted (and didn’t want) to know about the ‘non-holiday’ invented by the sitcom, Seinfeld. I won’t go into the details, but just know that our ‘celebration’ of Festivus often requires either a car ride or plane ride to wherever our oh-so-fabulous Festivus-host duo is living that year. Most recently, we’ve had to travel to Atlanta. This year was a little bit more interesting. Instead of a simple 2.5 hour flight to Atlanta, three of us decided to drive. Oh ya, and we brought our puppy with us! This is where the 3 Friends, 2 Days, 1 Puppy story begins. It took 3 friends 2 days with 1 puppy to make our way down and back, all in one piece. This is also where the story will end – with a few lessons I learned along the way.
Lesson #1: Long car rides are pretty terrible. But, with the right amount of creativity and willingness to do an internet search, you can make it pretty awesome. We Googled and Yelped (pretty sure those are verbs now) for dog parks along our route. Boy was that a life-saver! Not only was it important to get our 6-month-old puppy out of the car and running around after driving straight through the night, but we felt so much better after running around with her! Next time I ever go on a road trip, I’m going to search for parks along the way. That alone probably saved my body from feeling all sorts of aches and pains in the days to come.
Lesson #2: Get a massage. Just get a massage. OK, I know, I’m a massage therapist, so of course I’m going to tell you to get a massage. But in some cases, getting some form of body work, whether it’s a deep tissue massage, Thai massage, Tui Nai, Shiatsu or taking a yoga class after traveling is so beneficial. The day after we arrived, I got a massage from a spa in Atlanta. I was mostly looking for some relaxation and just a little bit of deep tissue. So, off my friend and I went. Not only did we each get a massage, but we visited the dry and wet saunas, and even checked out the Hammam. The whole experience rejuvenated my mind, body and spirit. Plus, it's a great excuse to spend more time with a great friend.
Lesson #3: You are what you eat. So do something about it. After many holiday dinners where I consumed more rich food than I ever do all year, it was about time I started getting back to my normal eating habits. Again, seeing as how we were celebrating Festivus, it was like going for another round of holiday eating. I decided to do one seemingly small thing every morning. I made myself a cup of fresh ginger tea. I heated up a cup of water every morning and added freshly grated ginger. Ginger is great to give your body’s immune system a little boost. This can be especially important when traveling by car or plane. It’s combining two very detrimental things – inactivity and close quarters with other people and their germs. I also made sure I ate two fruits each day no matter what and I drank lots of water.
The three lessons I learned are lessons that I will take with me wherever I go now. I hope you do too. Do you have any holiday travel tips you'd like to share? We'd love to hear what worked well for you!
Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS | Licensed Massage Therapist
Kristen Lutz, a Nationally 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.