Nicole is our resident “pillow expert” and the owner of Equilibrio. She is known for her slow, deep massages as she blends melting deep tissue work, soothing relaxation massage with elements from Thai yoga. She has been specialized in pregnancy massage since 2004 and has helped countless mamas-to-be relax and find relief from the discomforts of pregnancy.
Nicole’s interest in massage developed early in life from hundreds (if not more!) of shoulder rubs and foot massages exchanged with her mom. And while her grandmother always knew she would become a massage therapist, it took Nicole lots of schooling and years in the nonprofit sector before it occurred to her. She left the nonprofit world seeking a caffeine-free lifestyle more balanced between body, mind and spirit. This balance—or “equilibrio”—remains the inspiration for her business and the work she does everyday with her clients.
Much of Nicole’s work focuses on women’s health issues. She is certified in Pre and Perinatal Massage and has completed advanced training by Carole Osborne. Nicole trained as a doula, and while she doesn’t attend a lot of births, is deeply humbled every time. She received her foundational training at the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, CA and finished her certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. She is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB) and is California State Licensed Massage Therapist (CMT).
Nicole is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. In 2006, she traveled to Chang Mai, Thailand where she studied Thai Massage, and in 2007, she traveled to Montreal to complete a training in prenatal Thai massage through the Lotus Palm Center. Nicole trained as an infant massage instructor with Loving Touch in 2011.
Nicole is also a Restorative Exercise Specialist (RES-CPT) and received her Healthy Foot Practitioner™ training through the Restorative Exercise Institute. The Restorative Exercise Institute is a science-based education facility dedicated to optimizing long-term health of the human machine through proper understanding of how habits of posture and alignment affect organ and system function. She works with her clients to use corrective exercises and principals of alignment to reverse disease processes and pain. You can find her RE practice at Her Body Works.
Nicole holds a BS in Biology from Providence College and an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Originally from Keene, NH, Nicole began calling San Diego home in 1998. It took her approximately six months in Southern California before she could redefine “cold” as anything below sixty-five degrees. Prior to her career in bodywork, Nicole worked in the social justice nonprofit sector and just completed service on the board of the San Diego Foundation for Change. When not at work, she spends countless hours in tickle contests with her 7 year old daughter.