Q&A with Kristen Brace, RMT

Published: 09 Jul 2019

Q&A with Kristen Brace, RMT

Kristen Brace, is a Remedial Massage Therapist, working from our Jordan Springs practice.  We asked Kristen a few questions about her work.

Why did you become a Remedial Massage Therapist?

I was always interested in massage. I was fascinated by how it worked to help the body relax and recover.  So when my daughter was born and I was taking a break from my pre-baby job, I decided to do an introductory massage course.  Thank goodness I did, because, I loved it!  I decided to do the Diploma of Remedial Massage, thinking it would give me something to do when my daughter was older.  I liked that it is a versatile industry. An RMT can work in lots of different environments including heath retreats, nursing homes, and with lots of different people including cancer patients or professional athletes There are so many options for a massage therapist to find their niche.

Massage Therapy Jordan Springs

Remedial Massage for neck and back problems is common and can provide good relief

The difference between Remedial Massage Therapy and others offering ‘massages’

A remedial massage is intended to “remedy the body”.  The massage is specifically tailored to each individual, and it involves a variety of techniques targeting specific muscle groups.

If a client tells me they have a sore neck that is now causing headaches I will assess the area and use a variety of techniques to stretch & lengthen connective tissue to relax the tension in the muscles leading to the area.  This also increases oxygenated blood flow, encouraging relaxation.  Remedial massage supports the lymphatic system remove toxins that may have built up.  It also triggers our body’s natural anti inflammatory response which will promote healing.

Remedial massage is very effective way to support the treatment a lot of common complaints including plantar fascitiis, tennis elbow, shin splints, neck & shoulder pain etc. Other types of massage for example relaxation may help ease pain and relieve stress but it is not specific to an area that may be causing current or ongoing issues.

How can you tell who is who?

A Remedial Massage Therapist has completed a Diploma in Remedial Massage and is recognized and registered for

Kristen is an amazing athlete – here she is after winning the Tarawera Ultramarathon

health fund rebates.  It is a compulsory requirement of health funds that a Remedial Massage Therapist will continue their education every year to keep eligibility and status.  This is an assurance that Remedial Massage Therapistto continue, maintain & broaden their knowledge.  A Remedial Massage Therapist will have their name and a healthfund membership number on their receipt.

Do you have any specialties?

I have naturally gravitated towards and feel very confident in sports massage, this is mainly due to the circles I interact with.  I also really enjoy the variety of massages that are presented to me while working at The Healthy Body Company! 

What do you like doing in your spare time?

Run, lots of running & yoga!!!

Remedial Massage Therapist