Kristin Maddox-Brown is a Registered Massage Therapist and founder of Free Movement Massage Therapy. She graduated in 2007 with honours from the Okanagan College of Massage Therapy. Since then, she has practiced in New Zealand, Squamish and Salmon Arm, BC.
Kris has an adventurous spirit and open mind. She doesn't shy away from tricky cases and believes strongly in the resiliency of the human spirit for healing. She uses education from arts and science together, not as separate entities, but as informing each other. Expect a thorough interview and health history, deep listening skills, experienced hands and palpation skills, functional analysis, bio-mechanics, logic and intuition. Free Movement Massage Therapy creates a safe retreat experience situated in the beautiful cedar and hemlock forest near Larch Hills. Expect to take an active role in self awareness and self-care and bring a willingness to adventure into your own healing journey.
Kris grew up running, skiing, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and rock-climbing in Thunder Bay, Ontario. After completing university studies in an interdisciplinary arts and science program at the University of Guelph, she bridged into Environmental Science.
Lured by travel and a year in NZ and Australia, she became interested in Outdoor Leadership and Experiential Education. She worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Canada, the United States and Mexico, teaching backcountry expeditioning (month long) courses in rock climbing, hiking and sea kayaking. In 1998, she was the founding member of the La Nina Expedition, a group of 5 woman to sea kayak 2500 km down the "Outside Passage" of BC from Alaska to Vancouver, traveling the exposed west side of the islands along BC's coast. This expedition was dubbed the "inside passage down the outside" and was recognized by Sea Kayaker Magazine for being one of the top 10 sea kayak expeditions ever done because of the collaborative consensus leadership style chosen which pushed back against the patriarchal idea that there needs to be a hierarchy of leadership in order to navigate safety decisions quickly.
Currently, Kris lives with her husband and two children in Salmon Arm, BC. She coaches for the XC Ski Jr Race team at Larch Hills in the winter and adventures with her family in the summer months.