It is time for another interview of our series “Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people”, today it is the turn of Kristy Thibodeau, an American masseur and blogger living in Metz.
Hi Kristy, do you want to introduce yourself to start?
Sure. My name is Kristy Thibodeau and I am originally from Boston, MA USA. I am working in Kirchberg, Luxembourg as an English speaking sports masseur. I have my doctorate in physical therapy, am a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and The Fit Wanderluster blogger.
Sounds interesting! Could you describe us a bit better your work?
I work at LuxChiro and my specialty is sports and deep tissue massage. Comments I’ve heard from clients is that my specialty is difficult to find in Luxembourg. I focus on sports rehabilitation, trigger point and myofascial release, and am certified in the Graston Technique, but can also focus on specific muscular tension release that cause pain or headaches. The massage can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable but I do it with a smile! I have experience working with the fatigued desk-job worker, amateur athletes to professional basketball, football, cyclists, marathon and triathletes.
So I see why – with all these professional workers in Luxembourg – people might be attracted by your work…
My specialty is taught from the States and my experience in sports outpatient orthopaedic rehabilitation gives me a very strong foundation on anatomy and kinetics. I have also run a dozen semi-marathons and 8 full marathons, so I have full understanding on the demands and taxing work that can affect the body with sports training. My hope is also to develop an running injury prevention education course for beginners and intermediate runners in Luxembourg, if there is enough interest.
What do you enjoy mostly about your work?
I love meeting so many people, from so many backgrounds and nationalities and hearing their stories and goals to achieve personal bests from their first 5k to marathon.
Talking about your Luxembourg background, how long have you been living in Luxembourg?
Currently, I’m living in Metz, France and commuting to Luxembourg 3-4 days a week.
What is your most beloved place in the city?
My hope is to move to Luxembourg in the very near future because of the diversity and accessibility to so much culture, options for traveling, outdoor activities, music concerts, etc. The options are endless and comparable to Boston lifestyle.
Nice to hear! And what is your favourite restaurant in Luxembourg?
What is your preferred night-life spot in Luxembourg?
What do you like about Luxembourg life?
I love the broad range of professionals with diverse nationalities and the welcoming attitudes of the locals. Also, I’m a big fan of the outdoor music festivals and exploring the forests and countryside to go running.
What do you miss here and you would like to change or improve?
I miss living near the beach and really, really good seafood in the summer (lobster rolls!)
What is the best place you visited in a range of 200 km from the city and that you would suggest for a daily trip?
I’m biased as I live in Metz, but the city is great for shopping, dining, bars, amazing architecture, beautiful parks and walking/biking paths. Also, Reims, for champagne tastings of course!
What is the best adjective to describe Luxembourg?